Michigan Cherries. Michigan Cherry History. Peter Dougherty, a Presbyterian missionary, is credited with planting the first cherry orchard and founding the cherry industry as a commercial enterprise in the Midwest.
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Which crops like which soils?
Clay-wheat, timothy, bluegrass
Silt loam-corn, apple
Loam-red clover, alfalfa, field beans
Sandy soils-potato, field peas, turnip, barley, rye, peach, cherry
Calcareous- white clover
Muck soils- celery, cabbage, lettuce, onions
Cherry type soils
Two kinds of cherries
The Pacific states are the primary producers of sweet cherries but Michigan still ranks in the top four, producing about 20 percent of the annual crop.
About twenty-eight pies worth
Northwest Michigan - the nation's No. 1 tart cherry region
Climate is very important which is why Michigan orchards are located primarily along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Lake Michigan tempers the Arctic winds in winter and cools the orchards in summer.