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.

Feeling blue in Michigan

By |March 29th, 2017|

Blueberry production costs rise while market prices are dropping

What wildflowers are best to attract bees?

By |March 20th, 2017|

Michigan State University pollination study reveals best attractants for bees that you may want to plant near your trees.

Get the lead, and arsenic, out

By |March 7th, 2017|

Michigan State survey finds no dangerous levels of the chemicals in samples from state’s cider mills.

Can grapes rebound after a hailstorm?

By |March 7th, 2017|

To hail and back: Some results can be ugly, but still productive.

Grand Michigan winery brings Italian red grape varieties, wines north

By |February 15th, 2017|

Italy in Michigan

High tunnels extend vineyard growing season

By |February 15th, 2017|

Mari Vineyards gets up to 25 more growing degree-days for grapes grown under tunnel structures

Club model seems to be working for SweeTango growers, consumers

By |February 15th, 2017|

Sweet SweeTango

New research aims to learn more about hard cider apples

By |February 12th, 2017|

Michigan State project peels away the unknowns of hard cider apples.

Rosé Cider Anyone?

By |February 12th, 2017|

Red-juiced apples give cidermakers a new color for their palettes, and may fill other needs as well.

Battle of the cherry architectures

By |February 7th, 2017|

Research comparing four high-density systems shows upright fruiting offshoots (UFO) technique holds advantages.

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