Michigan fruit crop

12:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Local Fruit Crops Mostly in Good Shape

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.

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5:56 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Fruit Growers Continue to Battle Invasive Fly

Isaacs holds a tube of spotted wing drosophila at the extension's Fennville research center.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

WMUK's Sehvilla Mann reports on efforts to minimize SWD damage.

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.

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5:22 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Fruit farmers may be getting better harvests

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Rain during the growing season has been a big help to some fruit farmers.
PAW PAW, MI -- Harvest of blueberries, raspberries, apricots and sweet and tart cherries is underway in Southwest Michigan this week, at about the five-year average according to a weekly report by Michigan State University Extension educators Mark Longstroth, Bill Shane and Diane Brown.
6:22 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Fruit farmers looking to rebound from last year

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Cold weather earlier this month killed some buds, but farmer still hope for good harvest after severe losses last year
Michigan farmers are in the fight of their lives. They're aggressively preparing their orchards for a robust harvest, lobbying lawmakers to pass policies that will help protect them - and some are diversifying their revenue streams with related businesses that attract tourists, such as cider mills and wineries, to help insulate them from the hard times.
12:20 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Fruit growers assess possible damage from cold

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Fruit growers had enjoyed a good season before the freeze
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PAW PAW, MI -- When temperatures plummeted into the 20s overnight, most farmers were ready with wind machines and sprinklers to protect vulnerable fruit. But it will be a few days before they know how well their efforts worked, said Mark Longstroth, Michigan State University Extension educator, as he began his rounds Monday morning to assess damages.