New research evaluating cider apple cultivars

April 6, 2020
red apple hanging on tree

Which old world hard cider apple varieties will survive in Minnesota? Do our common Minnesota-hardy apple varieties have characteristics well-suited for making hard cider? Our research and extension team aims to find out.

by Emily Tepe

Historic apples of Minnesota: Looking back to move forward

October 21, 2019
Row of apple trees with fruit

The 19th century was an era of horticultural discovery and experimentation in Minnesota, and it still guides apple breeders today.

by Emily Tepe

Getting to the root of it: How rootstocks influence apple trees

October 22, 2018
Image of a row of apple trees in a U of M rootstock research planting.

Depending on the rootstock, an apple tree can grow to be 5 feet tall or up to 40 feet tall. But the effect of rootstock doesn't stop there.

by Dr. Emily E. Hoover and Emily Tepe

Weeds are a gritty business

September 4, 2018
closeup of grit weeded plot
An innovative grit blaster might help fruit growers control weeds.
by Emily Tepe

Before you start an apple orchard

May 1, 2018
apple crates in orchard
If you want to start an apple orchard, you're in the right place. Find out some of the first steps of becoming a professional apple grower.
by Emily Tepe, Emily Hoover