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  • 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.

  • East Michigan fruit update – June 2, 2020

    Published on June 2, 2020
    Warmer temperatures have pushed a good amount of growth in all fruit crops. Apple growers are thinning aggressively. Strawberry growers need to keep a close eye on soil moisture levels.

  • East Michigan fruit update – April 16, 2019

    Published on April 16, 2019
    With cold nighttime temperatures over the last week, fruit growth and development has been slow.

  • East Michigan fruit update – April 28, 2020

    Published on April 28, 2020
    Fruit growth stages have been at a standstill due to cold temperatures. Another round of recent freezing temperatures resulted in more flower bud damage in sweet and tart cherries and a few other fruit crops.

  • East Michigan fruit update – Sept. 16, 2020

    Published on September 16, 2020
    Apple harvest is in full swing. Gala harvest is nearly complete with Honeycrisp and McIntosh harvest continuing. More rains have finally come to the region over the last two weeks.

  • 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.

  • East Michigan fruit update – April 9, 2019

    Published on April 9, 2019
    There’s been good amount of growth of our fruit crops in the last few days, with a few crops showing the first signs of early green tip. The sod in orchards is starting to green up.

  • East Michigan fruit update – April 30, 2019

    Published on April 30, 2019
    Colder temperatures over the last week have dramatically slowed fruit growth.

  • East Michigan fruit update – April 14, 2020

    Published on April 14, 2020
    Cold temperatures over the last week have slowed growth of flower and leaf buds in all fruit crops.

  • East Michigan fruit update – Aug. 18, 2020

    Published on August 18, 2020
    Brown marmorated stink bugs are being found in apples and peaches over the past week, with some feeding damage seen in apples.

  • East Michigan fruit update – July 30, 2019

    Published on July 30, 2019
    Protection from spotted wing Drosophila infestation will need to continue to the end of harvest for tart cherries, summer red raspberries, fall raspberries and blueberries.

  • East Michigan fruit update – July 21, 2020

    Published on July 21, 2020
    Two precipitation events moved over the region in the past week, bringing some much-needed relief to drought. Summer red and black raspberry and blueberry harvest continues.

  • East Michigan fruit update – June 23, 2020

    Published on June 23, 2020
    Strawberry harvest continues across east Michigan. Summer red raspberry harvest is getting started. Most areas of the region are in moderate drought conditions.

  • East Michigan fruit update – June 16, 2020

    Published on June 16, 2020
    Strawberry harvest has begun with strong consumer demand for ready picked and pick your own berries. Even with some rain over the last week, many areas have slipped into drought conditions.

  • East Michigan fruit update – July 9, 2019

    Published on July 9, 2019
    Soils have quickly gone from too wet all spring and early summer to now dry. Harvest of many fruit crops is underway, including sweet cherries, saskatoons, summer red raspberries, tart cherries and black raspberries.

  • East Michigan fruit update – July 16, 2019

    Published on July 16, 2019
    Soils remain dry across most of the region. Harvest continues for many fruit crops. A few blueberry farms have opened for picking and several farms are starting to pick a few of the bud berries on fall red raspberries.

  • East Michigan fruit update – Aug. 21, 2018

    Published on August 21, 2018
    Harvest of early fall apple varieties continues. The entire region has had extremely variable rainfall, with drought continuing for a good number of growers.

  • East Michigan fruit update – Sept. 2, 2020

    Published on September 2, 2020
    Much needed rain moved over the region in the past week. Apple harvest for fall varieties has started. Brown marmorated stink bug feeding damage in apples is more common.

  • East Michigan fruit update – June 9, 2020

    Published on June 9, 2020
    Warmer temperatures brought a good amount of new growth in all fruit crops and rapid rise of growing degree day totals. Strawberry harvest will begin later this week at some farms. Soils continue to dry quickly.

  • East Michigan fruit update – Sept. 4, 2019

    Published on September 4, 2019
    Brown marmorated stink bug populations are on the rise at some farms. Gala and McIntosh apple varieties are nearing maturity. There is a wide range of soil moisture levels across the region.