During the harvest season, apples from different regions of Michigan are collected for maturity testing. The data is then compiled by MSU Extension educators into recommendations for harvest and storage of the most commonly grown apple varieties. Growers use this information as guidance for scheduling harvest on their farms.
There are several sponsors that make this testing possible through monetary donations. Please acknowledge the companies and producers listed below.
2011 reports: October 19 is the last regional report of 2011
November 21, 2017 | Erin Lizotte | As the end of the year approaches, growers can take advantage of the new online Integrated Pest Management Academy and earn six credits towards their Michigan Pesticide Applicators License.
November 16, 2017 | George Silva | This is a helpful training for people taking the MDARD certification exam to become licensed applicators. To those already licensed, this review session will offer four recertification credits.
October 11, 2017 | Bob Tritten | Many apple varieties are being harvested, including Fuji, Idared, Northern Spy, Red Delicious and a few Rome blocks. Some Braeburn blocks may be close to being mature as well.
D. E. Guyer, N. L. Schulte, E. J. Timm, and G. K. Brown | Apples on the tree are generally free of bruise damage, but after traveling through a series of handling processes, apples in the retail store often show bruises.
John Wise, Rufus Isaacs and Larry Gut, Michigan State University Extension, Department of Entomology | Summary of insecticide and miticide label additions, clarifications and corrections to the 2016 Michigan Fruit Management Guide (E0154).