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 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.
Published on August 4, 2020
Cherry harvest is nearly complete and apples are sizing nicely.
Published on July 23, 2020
Cherry harvest is in full swing northwest Michigan. Growers are harvesting both sweet and tart cherries at this time.
Published on June 30, 2020
Hot and dry weather are in the forecast, which is helpful for disease control but growers will have to supplement water supply with irrigation.
Published on February 3, 2020
Two stalwarts of Michigan agriculture, Phil Korson and Jim Byrum, have retired at the end of 2019.