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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.

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.

Michigan researcher finds drastic pruning shows promise for cherries

By |February 2nd, 2017|

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Whole tree renewal is an admittedly wild notion, but it appears to be working, according to Michigan State University cherry

Safeguarding Honeycrisp from storage disorders

By |January 25th, 2017|

Packers have options to help protect against Honeycrisp storage disorders.

Cold-hardy apple variety draws interest for hard ciders

By |December 21st, 2016|

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Sometimes good things come in large packages.

For the owner of a small orchard in New England, that “good thing” came

Share your know-how and grow-how — Great Lakes Expo preview

By |November 10th, 2016|

Expert view: Individual growers must take on customer fears about GMOs and chemicals.

Demystifying cold-hardy grapes

By |October 11th, 2016|

Northern Grapes Project is designed to encourage the wine industry in colder climates.

Promising progress for solid-set delivery

By |August 11th, 2016|

MSU research team improves system to reduce chemical waste.

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