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  • Orchard wind machine

    What can fruit growers do if a freeze is coming?

    Published on May 5, 2020

    You cannot fight Mother Nature, but when frost or freeze conditions occur in fruit orchards, vineyards and fields, growers can work to minimize the potential damage.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 5, 2020

    Published on May 5, 2020

    Fruit growth has finally taken off with warmer temperatures over the weekend. There is freeze damage to many fruits from cold temperatures on April 22. More cold temperatures are expected over the weekend.

  • Fall raspberries

    West central Michigan small fruit update – April 28, 2020

    Published on April 28, 2020

    Lower than normal temperatures are delaying small fruit crop growth and development. Blueberries are still in the bud burst stage and strawberries and raspberries are showing the first leaves coming out of the crown.

  • East Michigan fruit update – April 28, 2020

    Published on April 28, 2020

    Fruit growth stages have been at a standstill due to cold temperatures. Another round of recent freezing temperatures resulted in more flower bud damage in sweet and tart cherries and a few other fruit crops.

  • Blueberry Jersey field in the process of being removed

    West central Michigan small fruit update – April 21, 2020

    Published on April 21, 2020

    The small fruit crop season is underway in west central Michigan. Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are coming out from the dormant stage but prevailing low temperatures are delaying plant growth and development.

  • Japanese plum flowers

    Southwest Michigan fruit update – April 21, 2020

    Published on April 21, 2020

    A cold, windy week with several hard radiation freezes killed open flowers on blooming apricots and plums. Damage to most tree fruit crops was spotty, depending on the crop and location.