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Severe weather hammered Michigan fruit crops in some recent years, but growers expect sizable harvests of apples, blueberries and cherries in 2015. Farmers across the state are seeing healthy bud growth on fruit trees, said Kevin Robson, an associate horticulture specialist with the Michigan Farm Bureau in Lansing. “Mother Nature has been very generous with us,” Robson said. “While there are always some uncertainties, everything is looking really good coming out of the winter.” (Detroit News)

The hedge rows on Pleasant Hill Farm
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Sometimes when driving the back roads of Southwest Michigan, you still see lines of trees or bushes dividing the fields or marching along the borders. Years ago, farmers planted hedge rows not just to mark the boundaries of their land, but also as wind breaks to protect their crops. It was also a shady place to pause when plowing with a team of horses. 

Statewide potato production has increased 17% over the last eight years

Farmers worry about additional paperwork, cost and time

Ann Sharkey inspects her hive on WMUK correspondent Joan Donaldson's organic fruit farm
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Despite the media’s out-pouring of articles about “colony collapse disorder” and about how pesticides are killing off bees, visitors to my organic blueberry farm often have not connected the dots between bees and fruit. 

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