December 2012 Issue

Worried about labor

By |December 1st, 2012|

Steve Hunt, the incoming president of the Michigan State Horticultural Society, grows only one kind of fruit—blueberries—about 110 acres [...]

Cherries as berries

By |December 1st, 2012|

The Korvan 7240 blueberry harvester was first demonstrated at the Clarksville Horticulture Experiment Station by Michigan State University’s team [...]

Cost of growing Reds

By |December 1st, 2012|

A new economic study from Washington State University estimates the variable costs  of producing Red Delicious in a mature [...]

The no-family dilemma

By |December 1st, 2012|

You’ve invested your life in building a vineyard, winery, or other agricultural enterprise, producing a high-quality product with a [...]

Blueberry explosion

By |December 1st, 2012|

The blueberry industry has had a growth curve that growers would love to see for any fruit.
From a [...]

The back story

By |December 1st, 2012|

After the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and the breach of the Berlin Wall in 1989, countries like [...]

Factors affecting profit

By |December 1st, 2012|

Tree density has a highly significant positive effect on yield.
Tree density has a highly significant effect on trunk [...]

Tips for succession planning

By |December 1st, 2012|

Bob Betz and Steve Griessel offer these suggestions to growers, winemakers, and others involved in agriculture interested in developing [...]

Eradication not likely

By |December 1st, 2012|

The light brown apple moth is about a quarter of an inch long.
PHOTO BY R. ANSON EAGLIN, USDA [...]

How long can this last?

By |December 1st, 2012|

Consumer demand for Honeycrisp apples is so intense and the return so high that growers can afford to spend [...]