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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.

Napa Valley faces watershed moment

By |October 17th, 2018|

Woodland concerns behind vote to limit Napa vineyards.

Hunting down a mysterious rot

By |September 26th, 2018|

New apple disease may taint even pasteurized products, but where does it come from?

A tale of two test plotters

By |September 12th, 2018|

Oregon and Ohio growers share why they participate in test plots.

Wine tech award winners

By |August 21st, 2018|

New products help take the guesswork out of the vineyard.

Tarts with a touch of romance

By |August 16th, 2018|

University of Saskatchewan breeding program yields some surprising dwarf cherries.

Before you dig

By |August 6th, 2018|

Simple check can avoid underground dangers.

Studying the rot of the problem

By |July 17th, 2018|

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Sour rot can be a frustrating foe in vineyards, but after more than a decade studying it, researcher Wendy McFadden-Smith

What makes a ‘cultural’ orchardist?

By |July 5th, 2018|

Researchers examine how growers pick nonchemical pest management tactics.

For cherries and blueberries, it pays to prey

By |July 5th, 2018|

Research confirms benefits of kestrels for bird control.

EverCrisp release ramps up

By |June 13th, 2018|

Midwest Apple Improvement Association marketing its first new apple.

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