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Michigan’s tart cherry industry is dying out to the tune of $5 million dollars of lost impact to the state since 2010, according to a Michigan State University study.

After another trade loss in January, cherry farmers are considering desperate measures.

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Rainy, humid summer spells havoc for fruit crops

Jul 9, 2019
A tart cherry orchard in Michigan.
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Fruit growers in northern Michigan are battling diseases this summer caused by heavy rain and humidity.

Nikki Rothwell coordinates research at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station in Leelanau County. She says she hasn’t seen outbreaks like these in the 15 years she has worked at the station.