Category: Fruits

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Transitioning from Flowers to Food

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Locally grown produce presents the largest opportunity for growers nationwide. In July 2015, the USDA estimated that local food sales in the United States have nearly …

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Getting a Handle on Frost Protection

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Orchard growers across the United States know all too well the toll of frost damage. Combating frost and controlling its overall effects could mean the difference …

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Insects in Apple Orchards

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Most people wouldn’t argue apples taste good. They can be sweet or tart, red or green, large or small. According to health experts, they are good for …

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BelleWood Acres’ Holistic Approach to Apple Management

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To understand the principles that John and Dorie Belisle have devised and applied over 20-plus years of apple farming, consider a phrase familiar to many agriculturalists: …

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Orchard Management: When is the Perfect Time to Harvest?

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As summer morphs into fall, plenty of tree fruit is harvested. In some regions, the last of the peaches, the first apples, and pears and plums …

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Orchard Floor Care: Weed Control

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Often, commercial tree fruit growers manage the orchard floor with herbicide strips in the tree row, and grass or dirt strips between rows. While herbicides can …

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How to Have a Successful Strawberry-Growing Season

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Without strawberries, life would be sad: No strawberry shortcake, no strawberry parfaits, no strawberry ice cream. Sorrow has been averted, however, with producers growing 3 billion …

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Guide to Strawberry Insects

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Insects can be so cute and colorful or dark and creepy. No matter which category they fall into, growers would rather not see most of them …

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Stake Your Tomato and Pepper Plants for Maximum Yields

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Peppers and tomatoes are major crops in many vegetable production areas, and growers are always seeking ways to maximize both yield and quality. One method of …

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Guide to Juneberries

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This new in-between fruit crop is not a berry hybrid created in a laboratory, but a truly northern native berry called a juneberry, (Amelanchier alnifolia) a …

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Crop Selection: Choosing the Best Crops For Your Farm

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Before selecting crops for the upcoming season, review records for last season. Did you have any persistent disease issues in a particular crop? Did one crop …

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How to Dip Your Toes in the Watermelon Market

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Summer picnics, barbecues, parties and pool days all have one thing in common: watermelon. This crop, which is 92 percent water, is a great moneymaker if …

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Guide to Growing Cherries

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On the average, there are 7,000 cherries on each cherry tree; 250 cherries make one pie; each tree makes 28 pies. If the average U.S. consumer …

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How Hard Cider Production Blooms at Old Stone Cider

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Hard cider promises to be another direct-to-consumer business, joining farm wineries and in-town craft breweries in serving upscale clientele. Old Stone Cider, produced by the Gruber …