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Leslie Mertz

About Leslie Mertz

Leslie Mertz, Ph.D., is a long-time freelance science writer based in Gaylord, Michigan, and has been a regular contributor to Good Fruit Grower since 2015.

X-ray vision to see ice formation inside buds

By |August 29th, 2017|

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Using an advanced type of X-ray imaging to examine ice formation inside wild grape buds, a researcher is getting a

A better way to spray

By |August 16th, 2017|

Application tech specialist from Ontario finds crop-adapted spraying reduces pesticide use by an average of 25 percent.

Lessons learned from Michigan’s plum pox plight

By |July 11th, 2017|

Michigan research station recovers 10 years after infection requires removal of entire orchards.

Honeycrisp sports race toward red

By |June 27th, 2017|

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New varieties aren’t the only things on growers’ minds. They are also thinking about upgrading their Honeycrisp to one of

Lots of new apples coming to market

By |June 26th, 2017|

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Appealing taste profiles, earlier harvesting and southern expansions are some of the characteristics of the many new apples making their

Thinking of changing varieties? These growers have some advice.

By |June 14th, 2017|

Switch decision: Why is this new apple the right variety for me?

Michigan research examines retractable roof on cherries

By |May 31st, 2017|

Open and closed research: Michigan State University cherry expert Gregory Lang is trying a retractable roof system over a cherry orchard at MSU’s Clarksville Research Center.

10 tips for hiring new workers

By |May 2nd, 2017|

Put in the work on hiring and entice your best to return

Studies show no downside to trying cover crops in vineyards

By |April 25th, 2017|

Beneath the vines

Young grower mixes new ideas with 125-year-old traditions

By |April 17th, 2017|

Growing at home

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