Latest Fruit farming News

Wild bee species critical to pollination on the decline

Apr. 18, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinating everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on the decline, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of New Hampshire wanted to understand if the documented declines hitting honeybees and...

With blueberries in trouble, Maine eyes commission overhaul

Apr. 16, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers might try to pump some life into the state's troubled wild blueberry industry by overhauling the makeup of the commission that promotes the state's most important fruit crop. Maine is America's sole significant commercial producer of wild blueberries. These are...

'Necessity': Those in US illegally push for license to drive

Apr. 8, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

ALBION, N.Y. (AP) — Dairy farm worker Luis Jiménez gambles every time he drives without a license. Even a minor traffic stop could alert immigration agents that he is in the country illegally and lead to deportation. But in the wide open spaces of upstate New York's farm country, supermarkets and job...

For plenty of delicious fruit, be sure to prune fruit trees

Apr. 8, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

If there's one group of plants that cries out for regular and careful pruning, it's fruit trees. Taste the sweetness of a perfectly ripe pear: That sweetness represents energy, and that energy comes from sunlight. With proper pruning, all the limbs of a fruit tree bask in sunshine. Pruning also helps these trees...

California grower recalls avocados over possible listeria

Mar. 24, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California company is voluntarily recalling whole avocados over possible listeria contamination. Henry Avocado, a grower and distributor based near San Diego, said Saturday that the recall covers conventional and organic avocados grown and packed in California. The...

Produce growers in sunny south Spain brace for Brexit pain

Mar. 7, 2019 4:46 AM EST

ALMERIA, Spain (AP) — Spain's southeastern Almeria province used to be so parched and barren that Italian movie director Sergio Leone chose it in the 1960s as the shooting location for his spaghetti westerns starring Clint Eastwood. Nowadays, thanks to extensive irrigation and vast greenhouses, a corner of...

Wind farm proposal off New England wins key approval

Feb. 27, 2019 9:44 AM EST

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — A proposed $2 billion wind farm planned for federal waters off Martha's Vineyard has received key approval from Rhode Island regulators. The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council in a unanimous vote Tuesday determined that the project is consistent with state policies....

'Ugly produce' trend may have limits, as grocers end tests

Feb. 21, 2019 12:32 PM EST

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — Is the "ugly produce'" trend already reaching the end of its shelf life in supermarkets? Walmart and Whole Foods in recent years tried selling some blemished fruits and vegetables at a discount, produce they said might otherwise be trashed because it's not quite the right size, shape...

Some favorite garden vegetables attract pollinators, too

Feb. 19, 2019 9:47 AM EST

Planting clumps of bright, successively blooming flowers is a popular method for attracting foraging pollinators like bees and butterflies. But savvy vegetable and fruit growers know flowering edibles will entice them, too. Ornamental shrubs, trees, crops and vines will bring pollinators to your yard while at the...

Watermelon farmer Chastain gets top 10 at Daytona 500

Feb. 17, 2019 10:03 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ross Chastain always has watermelons around victory lane, a nod to his roots in the family fruit farming business. He may not spend much time on the Florida farm these days, but with good reason — the eighth-generation watermelon farmer was a 10th-place finisher in the...