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  • Blueberries

    East Michigan fruit update – June 2, 2020

    Published on June 2, 2020

    Warmer temperatures have pushed a good amount of growth in all fruit crops. Apple growers are thinning aggressively. Strawberry growers need to keep a close eye on soil moisture levels.

  • Strawberry damage by flower trips

    West central Michigan small fruit update – June 2, 2020

    Published on June 2, 2020

    Blueberries are in full bloom and early varieties are at petal fall. Bees are very active in all small fruit crops and pesticide applications need to be made to avoid exposing pollinators to harmful pesticide products.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 26, 2020

    Published on May 26, 2020

    With warmer temperatures of the last week, fruit crops have taken on big swell of new growth. Bloom is almost finished for all of our fruit crops.

  • Good strawberry bloom on the left, frost damaged bloom on the right

    East Michigan fruit update – May 19, 2020

    Published on May 19, 2020

    The region experienced another major freeze event resulting in additional damage to flower buds in most tree fruits. Substantial rains brought two heavy apple scab infection periods and very wet soils. There are many black blossoms in strawberry fields.