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Department of Community Sustainability

Gardening in Michigan

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  • 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 – July 7, 2020

    Published on July 7, 2020
    Drought conditions have worsened. It has been nearly a month since most farms received rain. Black raspberry harvest is staring, summer red raspberry and saskatoon harvest continues, and tart cherry harvest is nearly complete.

  • East Michigan fruit update – Aug. 18, 2020

    Published on August 18, 2020
    Brown marmorated stink bugs are being found in apples and peaches over the past week, with some feeding damage seen in apples.

  • East Michigan fruit update – June 23, 2020

    Published on June 23, 2020
    Strawberry harvest continues across east Michigan. Summer red raspberry harvest is getting started. Most areas of the region are in moderate drought conditions.

  • 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 – May 19, 2020

    Published on May 19, 2020
    The region experienced another major freeze event resulting in additional damage to flower buds in most tree fruits. Substantial rains brought two heavy apple scab infection periods and very wet soils. There are many black blossoms in strawberry fields.

  • East Michigan fruit update – July 28, 2020

    Published on July 28, 2020
    With another week of hot temperatures and not much precipitation, drought conditions returned. Blueberry harvest continues, early peach harvest begins and summer red and black raspberry harvest is ending.

  • 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 – May 12, 2020

    Published on May 12, 2020
    Cold temperatures on Friday night and Saturday morning caused more damage to flower buds on many fruit crops. This damage is in addition to damage from cold temperatures on April 22.

  • East Michigan fruit update – Aug. 4, 2020

    Published on August 4, 2020
    Much needed rain finally arrived for most of east Michigan in the past week. Blueberry and early peach harvest continue across the region.

  • East Michigan fruit update – July 21, 2020

    Published on July 21, 2020
    Two precipitation events moved over the region in the past week, bringing some much-needed relief to drought. Summer red and black raspberry and blueberry harvest continues.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 26, 2020

    Published on May 26, 2020
    With warmer temperatures of the last week, fruit crops have taken on big swell of new growth. Bloom is almost finished for all of our fruit crops.

  • East Michigan fruit update – June 30, 2020

    Published on June 30, 2020
    Strawberry harvest has finished at most farms. Summer red raspberry, sweet cherry and saskatoon harvest is getting started. A few areas received good precipitation last weekend, but drought conditions continue in most areas.

  • East Michigan fruit update – June 16, 2020

    Published on June 16, 2020
    Strawberry harvest has begun with strong consumer demand for ready picked and pick your own berries. Even with some rain over the last week, many areas have slipped into drought conditions.

  • East Michigan fruit update – Sept. 2, 2020

    Published on September 2, 2020
    Much needed rain moved over the region in the past week. Apple harvest for fall varieties has started. Brown marmorated stink bug feeding damage in apples is more common.

  • East Michigan fruit update – June 9, 2020

    Published on June 9, 2020
    Warmer temperatures brought a good amount of new growth in all fruit crops and rapid rise of growing degree day totals. Strawberry harvest will begin later this week at some farms. Soils continue to dry quickly.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 14, 2019

    Published on May 14, 2019
    Apples are slowly inching toward bloom, which is just starting in the southern areas of the region. Most of our fruit crops are well over a week behind their normal growth stages.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 28, 2019

    Published on May 28, 2019
    Bloom has ended for tree fruits in the past week and strawberries are finally in full bloom. Apple thinning is the challenge for the week and fire blight risk remains high.

  • 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 – June 11, 2019

    Published on June 11, 2019
    Strawberry harvest is expected to begin late this week or over the weekend for many farms, one of the latest harvest starts for many. Apple growers need to lookout for fire blight strikes.