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  • East Michigan fruit update – July 23, 2019

    Published on July 23, 2019
    Spotted wing Drosophila trap catch numbers have taken a big jump this week. Tart cherries, summer red and fall raspberries and blueberries need to be protected.

  • East Michigan fruit update – June 4, 2019

    Published on June 4, 2019
    Strong thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon brought scattered hail across the region, along with another batch of heavy rains. Early thinning sprays in apples are working well.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 7, 2019

    Published on May 7, 2019
    Rainfall and mostly cooler temperatures over the last week have continued to slow the growth of fruit crops over the region.

  • East Michigan fruit update – April 30, 2019

    Published on April 30, 2019
    Colder temperatures over the last week have dramatically slowed fruit growth.

  • East Michigan fruit update – April 9, 2019

    Published on April 9, 2019
    There’s been good amount of growth of our fruit crops in the last few days, with a few crops showing the first signs of early green tip. The sod in orchards is starting to green up.

  • East Michigan fruit update – July 10, 2018

    Published on July 10, 2018
    We have had unusually high apple maggot trap catch in the last week. Dry soils are common across the region, causing wilting in all fruit crops.

  • East Michigan fruit update – Sept. 4, 2018

    Published on September 4, 2018
    Most areas received ample rains over the last two weeks, bringing seasonal totals back to normal to above normal levels. Drought continues for a few growers, mainly in the southern reaches of the region.

  • East Michigan fruit update – April 7, 2020

    Published on April 7, 2020
    With warmer temperatures over the last week, green tissue is starting to be seen on a few fruit crops. Dry soils have allowed some planting to begin.

  • East Michigan fruit update – April 14, 2020

    Published on April 14, 2020
    Cold temperatures over the last week have slowed growth of flower and leaf buds in all fruit crops.

  • East Michigan fruit update – July 30, 2019

    Published on July 30, 2019
    Protection from spotted wing Drosophila infestation will need to continue to the end of harvest for tart cherries, summer red raspberries, fall raspberries and blueberries.

  • 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 – April 21, 2020

    Published on April 21, 2020
    Cool temperatures have slowed fruit growth stages over the past week. Recent freezing temperatures damaged some sweet cherry flower buds.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 5, 2020

    Published on May 5, 2020
    Fruit growth has finally taken off with warmer temperatures over the weekend. There is freeze damage to many fruits from cold temperatures on April 22. More cold temperatures are expected over the weekend.

  • East Michigan fruit update – April 16, 2019

    Published on April 16, 2019
    With cold nighttime temperatures over the last week, fruit growth and development has been slow.

  • East Michigan fruit update – April 28, 2020

    Published on April 28, 2020
    Fruit growth stages have been at a standstill due to cold temperatures. Another round of recent freezing temperatures resulted in more flower bud damage in sweet and tart cherries and a few other fruit crops.

  • 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 – July 19, 2019

    Published on July 19, 2019
    Trap catch of spotted wing Drosophila and cherry fruit fly spiked in the last few days in east Michigan. Act now to control them.

  • 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 – 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.

  • East Michigan fruit update – July 16, 2019

    Published on July 16, 2019
    Soils remain dry across most of the region. Harvest continues for many fruit crops. A few blueberry farms have opened for picking and several farms are starting to pick a few of the bud berries on fall red raspberries.