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.

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

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

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