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  • Southeast Michigan Fruit Report

    These crop reports include an update on crop development, insect pests and diseases being seen, and a weather outlook tailored to growers.


  • East Michigan fruit update – June 6, 2017

    Published on June 6, 2017
    Strawberry harvest is underway for growers in the southern parts of the region and will begin over the weekend or early next week for others. Soils are dry at many farms.

  • East Michigan fruit update – April 17, 2018

    Published on April 17, 2018
    The grip of late winter weather just won’t let go, continuing to hold back fruit crop development.

  • East Michigan fruit update – June 5, 2018

    Published on June 5, 2018
    Most apple growers have made two thinning applications in the last week with mixed results. Some are looking to make one more application over the next few days. Strawberry harvest will begin late this week or over the weekend.

  • Southeast Michigan fruit update

    Published on May 25, 2011
    Things have changed since yesterday's (May 24) Southeast Michigan fruit update

  • East Michigan fruit update – Aug. 8, 2017

    Published on August 8, 2017
    Scattered brown marmorated stink bug feeding damage is starting to be found in apples, with apple maggot flight remaining strong across the region.

  • East Michigan fruit update – Sept. 4, 2018

    Published on September 4, 2018
    Most areas received ample rains over the last two weeks, bringing seasonal totals back to normal to above normal levels. Drought continues for a few growers, mainly in the southern reaches of the region.

  • 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 16, 2017

    Published on May 16, 2017
    Many reports of frost damage to apples from across East Michigan, other tree fruit crops seemed to have escaped injury.

  • Southeast Michigan fruit update – June 20, 2011

    Published on June 20, 2011
    Apple growers have reached the end of primary apple scab season in east Michigan, and strawberry growers are struggling to keep fields picked.

  • 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 – July 31, 2018

    Published on July 31, 2018
    Drought conditions persist across the region. We have seen a spike in spotted wing Drosophila infested fruit in the last few days in raspberries and blueberries.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 1, 2018

    Published on May 1, 2018
    Spring is finally upon us, pushing green tissue development in most fruit crops. With rain predicted late in the week, apple growers are covering today and tomorrow for their first possible apple scab infection period.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 29, 2018

    Published on May 29, 2018
    The next few days will be key for apple thinning. With ragtag bloom still remaining in some apple varieties, the risk of fire blight infection remains high.

  • East Michigan fruit update – June 12, 2018

    Published on June 12, 2018
    Strawberry harvest is underway across the region. Apples have thinned well for most growers, but some touchup hand-thinning will still be needed in several varieties. We are still in primary apple scab season.

  • Southeast Michigan fruit update for August 1, 2011

    Published on August 1, 2011
    A spotted wing Drosophila has been trapped in a commercial fruit crop. Raspberry and blueberry growers are urged to be watchful of SWD on their farm.

  • 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 – June 4, 2019

    Published on June 4, 2019
    Strong thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon brought scattered hail across the region, along with another batch of heavy rains. Early thinning sprays in apples are working well.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 21, 2019

    Published on May 21, 2019
    Apple bloom is winding down in the southern few tiers of east Michigan counties. We are finally seeing bloom in strawberries across the region.

  • East Michigan fruit update – April 24, 2018

    Published on April 24, 2018
    Warmer temperatures over the last few days have finally started to push some early growth in fruit crops.

  • East Michigan fruit update – July 23, 2019

    Published on July 23, 2019
    Spotted wing Drosophila trap catch numbers have taken a big jump this week. Tart cherries, summer red and fall raspberries and blueberries need to be protected.