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  • 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 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 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 – 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.