apples http://michiganradio.org en Record lows to record highs: Michigan fruit growers’ incredible comeback story http://michiganradio.org/post/record-lows-record-highs-michigan-fruit-growers-incredible-comeback-story <p>It’s been a couple of roller coaster years for the state’s fruit growers.</p><p>Michigan <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/apples">apple growers </a>had the most dramatic ride. 80-degree weather in March 2012, followed by multiple freezes <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/it-s-official-2012-worst-year-record-michigan-cherry-growers">caused total crop failure that fall,</a> the worst since 1945.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:20:28 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16985 at http://michiganradio.org Record lows to record highs: Michigan fruit growers’ incredible comeback story Putting apples to sleep in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/putting-apples-sleep-michigan <p>Yes, you heard that right.</p><p>See, last year was a true "annus horribilis" for apple crops - with that cold, wet spring and hot summer drought.</p><p>That led to a terrible apple harvest.</p><p>This year has brought an abundant supply, but that good news presents new challenges for Michigan growers.</p><p>Like how to store all that fruit before it goes to sale.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So, there's this technique: "</span>lulling<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> apples to sleep."&nbsp;</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">*Listen to to the audio above.</span></em></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:32:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 15145 at http://michiganradio.org Putting apples to sleep in Michigan Michigan apple growers changing orchards, adding technology to boost production http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-apple-growers-changing-orchards-adding-technology-boost-production <p>In West Michigan, it&rsquo;s apple harvest time. That may conjure up images of picturesque orchards and old-fashioned fun. But modern technologies are playing a bigger role in the business side of the apple harvest.</p><p>Right now it&rsquo;s crunch time for growers like Rob Steffens. He&rsquo;s got 280 acres of apple trees in Sparta; a part of West Michigan&rsquo;s fertile &ldquo;fruit ridge&rdquo; northwest of Grand Rapids.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Apple orchards are changing</strong></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:58:47 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14720 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan apple growers changing orchards, adding technology to boost production Some Michigan farmers leaving crops to rot because of labor shortage http://michiganradio.org/post/some-michigan-farmers-leaving-crops-rot-because-labor-shortage <p>A couple dozen Michigan farmers gathered in Grand Rapids Thursday to again draw attention to a big labor shortage.</p><p>They&rsquo;re calling on Congress to pass legislation that would allow guest workers to get jobs in the U-S without becoming citizens.</p><p>Don Coe is a managing partner of Black Star Farms. He grows grapes and cherries in Suttons Bay in Northwest Michigan.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:10:30 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14808 at http://michiganradio.org Some Michigan farmers leaving crops to rot because of labor shortage Michigan apple farmers desperate for pickers http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-apple-farmers-desperate-pickers <p>The <a href="https://www.michfb.com/mi/">Michigan Farm Bureau</a> is appealing across the eastern U.S. for help with finding workers to harvest the state&#39;s bumper crop of apples.</p> Sat, 05 Oct 2013 19:16:07 +0000 Associated Press 14735 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan apple farmers desperate for pickers Michigan apple growers scramble to harvest potential record-setting crop http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-apple-growers-scramble-harvest-potential-record-setting-crop <p>Rob Steffens palms a Fuji apple nearly the size of a softball in the middle of his 280-acre apple orchard near Sparta in Kent County&rsquo;s &ldquo;fruit ridge.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;This block here is really going to pick heavy this year,&rdquo; Steffens says, smiling at a row of stubby trees. The branches are heavy with near ripe fruit.</p><p>&ldquo;This is just gorgeous size fruit on here,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to be a real shame if we can&rsquo;t get this crop harvested and in the barn.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:49:51 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14652 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan apple growers scramble to harvest potential record-setting crop It’s official: 2012 worst year on record for Michigan cherry growers http://michiganradio.org/post/it-s-official-2012-worst-year-record-michigan-cherry-growers <p>You probably know 2012 was just horrible for Michigan’s fruit growers. But <a href="http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Michigan/Publications/Current_News_Release/nr1308.pdf">new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture </a>shows it was officially the worst on record since tracking began – in 1925. &nbsp;</p><p>There were only 11.6 million pounds of tart cherries produced in Michigan, usually the nation’s top producer of the fruit. That’s a 92 percent drop from last year’s 157.5 million pounds.</p><p>Marty Saffell is a USDA statistician based in the Michigan office in Lansing.</p><p>“For some of the fruits like peaches pears plums and cherries there are the majority of the growers had essentially zero crops so there was essentially zero income,” Saffell said.</p><p>Saffell says Michigan apple growers had the worst year since 1945.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:12:33 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10995 at http://michiganradio.org It’s official: 2012 worst year on record for Michigan cherry growers Stateside: Bad year for apples, good year for grapes http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-bad-year-apples-good-year-grapes <p>2012 will go down as an "annus horribilis" for most fruit-growers in Michigan. Apples, cherries, pears have been hit hard by the big March warm-up followed by a spring frost, then a hot, dry summer.</p><p>But if you are a wine producer in Michigan, you might be feeling happier about the weather we've had this year!</p><p>Eddie O'Keefe is the President of Chateau Grand Traverse Wines on the beautiful Old Mission Peninsula.</p><p>There was a lot of nail biting amongst growers early in the season said Mr. O’Keefe.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:45:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 9054 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Bad year for apples, good year for grapes Shriveled Michigan apple harvest means fewer jobs, tough year ahead http://michiganradio.org/post/shriveled-michigan-apple-harvest-means-fewer-jobs-tough-year-ahead An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but what do you do when there are no apples? It's a question western Michigan's apple growers are dealing with this season after strange weather earlier in the year decimated the state's apple cultivation.<p>Michigan is the <a href="http://www.michiganapples.com/grow1.html">third-largest</a> apple producer in the U.S. after New York and Washington, but the state's apples will soon be in short supply. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 20:10:39 +0000 Noah Adams 9118 at http://michiganradio.org Shriveled Michigan apple harvest means fewer jobs, tough year ahead After tough losses, MI farmers get some federal help http://michiganradio.org/post/after-tough-losses-mi-farmers-get-some-federal-help <p>The federal government has approved financial support for Michigan fruit growers whose crops suffered due to unusual temperature fluctuations.</p><p>Almost all of Michigan&#39;s counties--72 of 83-- are now considered natural disaster areas and eligible for help.</p><p>Some growers&nbsp;say crop losses haven&#39;t been this bad in three generations.</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 20:11:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8115 at http://michiganradio.org After tough losses, MI farmers get some federal help Crop insurance now a top priority for many hard hit Michigan farmers http://michiganradio.org/post/crop-insurance-now-top-priority-many-hard-hit-michigan-farmers <p>Many Michigan farmers are spending this May focusing on their insurance needs.</p><p>The sporadic spring freezes and frosts that followed the unusually mild winter devastated Michigan&rsquo;s apple, cherry and peach crops. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Most farmers have access to some form of crop insurance.&nbsp;&nbsp; But according to the Michigan Farm Bureau, the insurance only covers about 60 to 70 percent of the loss.</p> Sat, 05 May 2012 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7345 at http://michiganradio.org