• 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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    Northwest Michigan Fruit Update – Aug. 11, 2020

    Published on August 11, 2020

    Most tart cherry harvest is wrapped up across the region except for a small pocket of growers finishing in the far north. Apples are noticeably starting to color on many varieties.

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    Providing particulars on a pair of produce safety programs

    Published on August 6, 2020

    Implementing food safety practices on fruit and vegetable farms has been challenging. In response, a lot of different programs have sprung up to help. Let’s review a few programs that often are confused.

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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.