Michigan fruit crop

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Fruit season looks promising this year in Michigan. Blueberries could break last year’s record for fifth-largest crop, and cherries might even be overabundant. Local strawberries should be hitting southwest Michigan markets soon.

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.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Most people have seen an overripe peach or banana succumb to fruit flies. It's annoying to find the little winged bugs buzzing around your fruit bowl.

Fruit farmers may be getting better harvests

Jul 10, 2013

Rain during the growing season has been a big help to some fruit farmers.

Cold weather earlier this month killed some buds, but farmer still hope for good harvest after severe losses last year