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The Environment Report
12:25 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

MSU researchers test way to avoid frost damage in orchards

The cherry blossoms on the right were delayed using a sprayer to keep the buds cool.
Michigan State University

Spring came early in Michigan three years ago — very early — and fruit crops were later wiped out by frost. That has some researchers in Lansing asking if there's a way to delay the spring bloom in a warm year.

It's no secret what cause a cherry or apple blossom to come out in the spring — warmth. So if you want to slow down that process you just spray cold water on the tree.

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Climate Change
4:55 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Researchers have an idea to avoid frost damage in orchards

The cherry blossoms on the right were delayed using a sprayer to keep the buds cool.
Credit Michigan State University

Spring of 2012 came quite early in Michigan and fruit crops were wiped out by frost. That event spurred some researchers in Lansing to ask if there’s a way to delay the spring bloom in a warm year. There is a way and with new technology it might even be affordable for fruit growers.

It’s no secret what causes a cherry or apple blossom to come out in the spring: heat. So if you want to delay that event, you spray cold water on the tree.

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Local Food
1:29 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Cheese industry poised for expansion in Michigan

Sue Kurta making Swiss.
Credit Tom Carr

Artisan cheesemaking is on the rise in Michigan, though it’s not an easy business to get into. The number of small, independent cheese producers in Michigan is expected to nearly double in the near future.

Sue Kurta is among those leading the way. As she stirs the curdling milk that will become Swiss cheese, you can see the colorful tattoos that cover her arms. They’re pictures of pineapples, a cruise ship and other upbeat things.

“It stirs for quite a long time like this and if you don’t give it a toss, it can mat together,” Kurta says.

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Stateside
5:34 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Traverse City's emerging foodie culture

A vineyard near Traverse City.

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 12:02 pm

The Traverse City area is emerging as Michigan's new "foodie empire." Chris Cook, chief wine and restaurant critic for Hour Detroit Magazine, tells us just which area restaurants are worth a visit.

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Garlic Show
5:06 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Show off your bulbs

Inchelium Red garlic grown at Loma Farm.
Credit Peter Payette

There’s a garlic show this weekend near Traverse City. It will include a “best in show” award and there will be an auction.

Northern Michigan is not a garlic-growing region, but the cousin of the onion is important to chefs, who will judge the entries.

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