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  • 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 28, 2020

    Published on July 28, 2020
    With another week of hot temperatures and not much precipitation, drought conditions returned. Blueberry harvest continues, early peach harvest begins and summer red and black raspberry harvest is ending.

  • 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 – Aug. 13, 2019

    Published on August 13, 2019
    Red Haven peach harvest will begin in the next few days across the region. Many fruit farms have dry soils.

  • East Michigan fruit update – Aug. 25, 2020

    Published on August 25, 2020
    Brown marmorated stink bug feeding damage in apples is more common this week. Peach and blueberry harvest are nearing an end. Summer apple, blackberry and fall red raspberry harvest continues.

  • 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.

  • 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 – 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 – Aug. 4, 2020

    Published on August 4, 2020
    Much needed rain finally arrived for most of east Michigan in the past week. Blueberry and early peach harvest continue across the region.

  • East Michigan fruit update – April 21, 2020

    Published on April 21, 2020
    Cool temperatures have slowed fruit growth stages over the past week. Recent freezing temperatures damaged some sweet cherry flower buds.

  • 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 – April 7, 2020

    Published on April 7, 2020
    With warmer temperatures over the last week, green tissue is starting to be seen on a few fruit crops. Dry soils have allowed some planting to begin.

  • 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 – July 7, 2020

    Published on July 7, 2020
    Drought conditions have worsened. It has been nearly a month since most farms received rain. Black raspberry harvest is staring, summer red raspberry and saskatoon harvest continues, and tart cherry harvest is nearly complete.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 – Aug. 20, 2019

    Published on August 20, 2019
    Red haven peach and fall red raspberry harvest is in full swing. Most fruit farms are experiencing dry soils with some growers seeing signs of drought stress in tree and small fruits planted this spring.