This 137-acre center sits in the five-county northwestern region that produces almost half of the U.S. supply of tart cherries and is responsible for 83 percent of sweet cherry production in Michigan. Founded through the efforts of the northwestern Michigan area fruit industry, the center is the premier research site for integrated pest management, horticultural production and handling, value-added processing, marketing and farm financial management practices for sweet and tart cherries, wine grapes, apples, plums and hops. In addition to creating and expanding knowledge through leading-edge research on cherries and other fruits, the center disseminates state-of-the-art information to the Michigan fruit industry and the public.
Published on September 28, 2023
Honeycrisp harvest is ongoing across the region and fruit is testing mature. Growers will move to Gala upon Honeycrisp harvest completion.
Published on September 20, 2023
Honeycrisp harvest has begun across northwest Michigan. There is variability in firmness and brix levels, likely due in part to excess rain in some regions and no rain in other areas.
Published on September 13, 2023
Honeycrisp starch removal ratings are showing fruit is more mature than anticipated for this time of the year. Overall, apples are maturing about seven days ahead of most years.
Published on September 6, 2023
Apple maturity is moving along quickly across northwest Michigan, and early variety apple harvest is underway, including Premier Honeycrisp, Zestar, Ginger Gold and SweeTango.
Published on September 5, 2023
Harvest for early apple varieties has begun in northwest Michigan and the scouting season for certain pests and diseases is winding down.