Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

A shift from ladders to illuminated platforms allows pickers to work day or night.

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  • Michigan takes inventory of fruit plantings

Michigan takes inventory of fruit plantings

  • February 2nd, 2015

Michigan fruit growers were asked in January to provide data for a fruit inventory that would update information on the state of the state’s industry.

The last inventory was taken in 2011, so the new study will show how acreage and varieties have changed over the last five years.

In addition, [...]

Bigger crops ahead

  • January 21st, 2015
Growers will need to produce niche varieties and maximize production efficiency, marketers say.
  • Gillisons make first in-kind donation to Michigan research fund

Gillisons make first in-kind donation to Michigan research fund

  • January 16th, 2015

Ron and Dianne Gillison, owners of Gillison’s Variety Fabrication, which designs and builds machinery for the fruit industry, were recognized as being the first allied industry in Michigan to make an in-kind contribution under the new Michigan Tree Fruit Commission.

They are contributing an orchard sprayer—“of the design of their [...]

Michigan cider makers unite

  • January 15th, 2015

A small group of Michigan hard cider makers has started the Michigan Cider Association.

“The bylaws were signed during Expo,” said Mike Beck, owner of Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery & Distillery in St. Johns, Michigan.

Beck is president of the United States Association of Cider Makers and treasurer of the [...]