• Vineyard

    MSU Extension’s grape scouting reports for 2020

    Published on May 27, 2020

    Michigan State University Extension will provide weekly reports of scouting efforts across the state, covering many parts of grape growing including vine phenology and horticultural updates, pest and disease management, and weather.

  • 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.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 12, 2020

    Published on May 12, 2020

    Cold temperatures on Friday night and Saturday morning caused more damage to flower buds on many fruit crops. This damage is in addition to damage from cold temperatures on April 22.

  • 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.