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Weather-related damage lowers California blueberry crop

California blueberry harvest is in full swing, and some growers are picking a smaller crop this year after losing fruit to spring frost and hail. The California Blueberry Commission estimates farms will produce 55 million... more »

Colorado ag industry challenged by multiple woes

Specialty crop growers are all too familiar with the vagaries presented by damaging weather impacts, pest and disease intrusions, market fluctuations, labor shortages and any number of obstacles that come their way in pursuing a... more »

Georgia’s peach farmers hoping for colder winter

Georgia needs colder temperatures this winter to avoid a second disastrous peach season, says Jeff Cook, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension County coordinator in Taylor and Peach counties. Last year’s mild winter contributed to Georgia’s... more »

Enviroweather improves degree-day maps

The Michigan State University Enviroweather’s “Current Degree-Day Maps” tool shows accumulated growing degree-days (base 50) across Michigan from March 1 to the present (or a user-selected date). Additional maps depict degree-day accumulations compared with normal.... more »

Researchers work to boost Michigan raspberry production

Though Michigan is a national leader in fruit production, some crops, such as raspberries, account for a relatively small percentage of the larger industry. The National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates that approximately 590 acres of... more »

Survey details impact of 2016 New York drought

A survey of more than 200 New York farmers late last summer – during the worst drought in two generations – found that more than 70 percent of unirrigated, rain-fed field crops and pasture acreage... more »

Alabama fruit crop braves cold temperatures

Exceptionally low temperatures in mid-March were worrisome for peach, blueberry and strawberry producers. With portions of North Alabama sinking into the low 20s and Central and South Alabama slipping below 30 degrees, producers and Alabama... more »

Blueberry management tips to protect from freeze damage

Severe freeze events such as occurred in Georgia March 15-16, present multiple challenges to growers. The magnitude of the damage varies across locations, but overall in the state the damage is substantial. This is in... more »

Freezing temperatures threaten Alabama strawberry, peach crops

The threat of freezing temperatures in Alabama quickly shifted strawberry growers from production mode into protection mode. Producers of both fruits are making preparations to protect their crops from frost and freezing temperatures. Alabama Cooperative... more »

New Jersey to allow growers to protect flowering crops from deep freeze

With the state expected to plunge into a deep freeze for the next several days, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Department of Agriculture are working cooperatively to allow farmers to do... more »

Current Issue

Fruit Growers News September 2022 issue cover

Apple association forecasts higher U.S. production in 2022-23

Jenschke Orchards braves Texas-sized heat, drought

SWD-killing wasps released in Michigan to protect fruit

High-altitude pears: IFTA tour spotlights Washington pears

Cold tolerance is hot topic at Michigan Viticulture Field Day

Ridgefest updates industry on Michigan apple, cherry research

Cal Poly strawberry research: Can robots kill pests?

Great Lakes EXPO sessions to look at how to effectively plan farm succession and the benefits of Farm to School

Farm Market column: Fine Tuning Your Market Performance

Ag Labor Review: Small-town virtues, from the ballpark to the classroom

 

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