Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show

The 2009 Northwest Orchard and Vineyard Show will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 20-22, at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Mich. The three-day program will feature both educational sessions and vendor exhibits. Registration... more »

Growers Plan To Replant Some Orchard Sites Lost To Plum Pox

Tim Weiser plans to plant 7 acres of stone fruit next spring, and some of his neighbors are planting, too. That’s a big deal in Adams County. Adams County, the biggest producer of stone fruits... more »

Carnegie Mellon developing automated systems to enable precision farming

Two groups of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute have received a total of $10 million in grants from USDA to build automated farming systems. One is for apple growers and one is for... more »

Young Grower Rising Star in Michigan’s Horticulture Industry

Jason Fleming has risen toward the top in a hurry. He just turned 31 in September, but he will take office as president of the Michigan State Horticultural Society (MSHS) at the end of the... more »

English Growers Love Their High Tunnels

Growing sweet cherries in England is a challenge, to say the least, with the constant moisture and windy conditions. Organic sweet cherry plantings in that climate face even more challenges because of the lack of... more »

Washington Fruit Growers’ Meeting Dec. 1-3 in Yakima

The 104th annual meeting of the Washington State Horticultural Association (WSHA) will be held Dec. 1-3 (Monday through Wednesday) at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, Wash.The meeting is a three-day educational gathering of tree... more »

Strawberry Hill

In the South, tradition and family mean a lot, and sometimes new ventures can be disruptive – especially if they’re successful. That’s the way it is at Strawberry Hill USA, in Chesnee, S. C. This... more »

Specialty Crops Get Short Shrift When It Comes To Weed Control

If herbicides were a meal, the major commodity crops – corn, soybeans, rice, wheat, cotton – would be enjoying a gourmet feast, while fruits, vegetables, nuts and ornamentals would be lucky to get the scraps... more »

Can’t Fool Mother Nature? Yes, We Have To

It’ll be 35 years next spring since I made my biggest haul ever collecting morel mushrooms. I remember because my oldest son, who just turned 35, was about nine months old and I was carrying... more »

The Wall Between Food and Fuel Is Crumbling

If we could just drink crude oil, think how different the world would be. There’s so much energy in oil. One gallon of gasoline contains about 31,000 calories, enough to power a working person for... more »

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