Michigan Apple Committee Research Priorities for 2016/17
To conduct consumer related research that will aid in the sale and profitability of Michigan Apples.
- Market research
- Variety specific demographics
- Economic drivers related to markets, varieties and consumer preferences
- Packaging/New Product Development
- Lengthen shelf life
- Reduce bruising
- Overall consumer appeal
Improve quality and consistency
To demonstrate how to improve Michigan Apples in terms such as variety, size, taste and appearance.
- Apple variety evaluation specific to:
- Post-harvest storage improvements
- Packing line improvements
- Growth regulators/thinners
- Disease control
- Fire blight, scab, fruit rots, etc.
Improve Production Efficiency
To help increase grower profitability by improving production efficiency.
- Training systems - providing uniformity and consistency
- High yield/quality
- Solid set use
- Drone use (crop, weather, insect/disease monitoring)
- Mechanization – reduce labor needs
- Precision apple production
- Crop Load Management
- Pruning, thinning
- Soil – rootstock matches to soil types, manipulation and management of soil issues
- Minimizing pesticide / increasing biologic controls
- Economic drivers – production vs cost
To enhance produce safety systems for all phases of production, harvest, packing, storage, transportation, receiving and point-of-sale environments.
- Production/Harvest Practices
- Food Handling Practices
- Pathogen/Microbial Risk
- DPA/Fungicide Methods
- FMSA & GAP
Last Updated: September 2018