Local Fruit Crops Mostly in Good Shape

Jun 12, 2014

Raspberry plants at a farm in Van Buren County in early spring.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Southwest Michigan’s fruit season generally gets underway in April. By July most growers have their hands full managing their crops. But in between, many attend weekly meetings held by the MSU Extension.

Their discussions cover every factor that could affect the harvest, from pests to weather. This year the harsh winter took a bite out of several crops, including grapes, peaches and cherries. But much of the news this season is positive.

WMUK recently spoke with Extension Educator Mark Longstroth about what’s happening now in southwest Michigan’s fruit fields and orchards.