Water

Industry: USDA High in its Apple Crop Estimate

More than 250 growers and marketers gathered in Chicago Aug. 21 and 22 to assess the size and condition of the country's apple crop and to evaluate the economic conditions that would impact its sale.The... more »

Great Lakes Compact Finished. What Have We Done?

Well, it’s finally done. At least, it’s done in the Great Lakes area, so it’s now up to Congress and the president to give the final blessing. “It” is the Great Lakes Water Compact, which... more »

Not-So-Peachy Years Require Diverse Measures

Back-to-back “100-year freezes” in the early 1980s convinced the Watson family they had too many eggs in the peach basket, and that started a gradual shift to more vegetable production. Three years ago, the South... more »

Northwest Michigan Hort Open House Aug. 21

The Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station Open House will be held Thursday, Aug. 21 in Traverse City, Mich. The education sessions will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will conclude with a wine tasting event at... more »

Poor Weather Has Cut Size of Most U.S. Fruit Crops

Crummy spring weather coast to coast has reduced the production for most fruit crops. The word “record” was used only once – for blueberries – during the 53rd annual Fruit Crop Guesstimate. The Guesstimate, sponsored... more »

Poor Weather Has Cut Size of Most U.S. Fruit Crops

By Dick Lehnert Managing EditorCrummy spring weather coast to coast has reduced the production for most fruit crops. The word “record” was used only once – for blueberries – during the 53rd annual Fruit Crop... more »

‘Buy Local’ Is More Than Just a Marketing Gimmick

If you’re older than 50, you probably remember when “buy local” might have been a slogan you used if you were involved in a boycott of bananas, oranges and iceberg lettuce. Not that many years... more »

Cuyama Orchards Makes Startling First Impression

If we’d been coming to Cuyama Orchards from Bakersfield, the scenery – the hills, the oilfields – would have been spectacular but not daunting. But we were coming in the back way, and that was... more »

Southeast Drought Adds to the Woes of Fruit Growers There

The prolonged drought in the southeastern United States has had only a moderate impact on vegetable growers, who normally rely on irrigation to water their crops, but is hurting fruit growers. Not only will continued... more »

Irrigation Water Can Provide Freeze Protection – Sometimes

Locking the barn after the horse has gone is futile, everyone agrees – unless you recover the horse and can expect the same behavior in the future. That’s the way it is with making the... more »


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