• A poorly sprayed tart cherry orchard which is defoliated on the left as compared to a well protect tart cherry orchard on the right, which still has most of it leaves. Photos by Mark Longstroth, MSU Extension.

    Southwest Michigan fruit update – Aug. 11, 2020

    Published on August 11, 2020

    A derecho blew across the region leaving damage in its wake. Relatively minor damage to fruit plantings. Some fruit, trees and limbs down in orchards and blueberry fields, and some broken trellis posts in grape vineyards.

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    West central Michigan small fruit update – Aug. 4, 2020

    Published on August 4, 2020

    Managing spotted wing Drosophila in blueberries and raspberries is critical during harvest. Lower daily temperatures are an opportunity for using a wider range of insecticide products recommended for control. Currently, pyrethroids are very effect.

  • West central Michigan small fruit update – July 28, 2020

    Published on July 28, 2020

    Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) continues as the major threat for blueberries and raspberries. Timely insecticide applications and fruit sampling after each application is critical to ensure the effectiveness of your SWD control program.

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    East Michigan fruit update – July 28, 2020

    Published on July 28, 2020

    With another week of hot temperatures and not much precipitation, drought conditions returned. Blueberry harvest continues, early peach harvest begins and summer red and black raspberry harvest is ending.