Out of the Orchard


Freeze warnings!

Tonight could be the night we talk about all year.

Hard freeze warnings are forecast across New York State for tonight, with predicted lows in the low twenties and teens in the North Country. Already the media is having a heyday and would write the crop off at 4:00 p.m. [...]

March Madness

As an avid NCCA basketball fan who lives for March each year, the Madness is not only about my team.This year, it is about the WEATHER!

Never before can anyone remember a March in New York State as warm as this one. Actually, the same can be said for February, [...]

Lurking market issues

The 2011-2012 Washington State apple season has been a warm welcome to the financial stability of our industry.  Movement has been excellent and price trends are above last season, although we still have approximately 46.1% of the crop remaining to ship.

As the U.S. economy continues to stumble towards a [...]

NY Congressman Introduces Bill

This week, Congressman Bill Owens, who represents the largest McIntosh growing region in the world, introduced H.R. 3914 that will exempt apples shipped in bulk containers to Canada from the current Apple Export Act.

Upon the urging of the New York apple industry, Mr. Owens drafted the legislation that will [...]

D.C. meeting yields common message

Last week, apple folks from Washington State to Vermont met in Washington, D.C., to attend the U.S. Apple Association’s Public Affairs meeting. This committee convenes each year at this time prior to our annual Washington, D.C., meeting in March. The purpose is to review and approve the many different [...]

Sometimes Politics

In all businesses, there are days where politics come into play and understanding the political playing field is as important as knowing when to pick fruit at its peak, to sell fruit at the optimum price, and to know where and when to [...]

A Blog about a Blog

Today I am blogging about another blog called the Pear Dish which lives on the Pear Bureau’s website www.usapears.org. The Pear Dish bloggers include two Pear Bureau employees from pear headquarters as well as a registered dietitian. The topics are varied but always engaging [...]

Nothing Stays the Same

Soon it will be 10 years since the duties and responsibilities of the Washington Apple Commission were revised to concentrate on international promotions only.  In the same time period, we’ve experienced wide variations in crop volumes and export quantities.  Washington’s total crop volume has fluctuated 30,000,000 cartons, ranging from [...]

Gotta Be Heard!

How many years have we said, “Unless you fix immigration, our apples will not be picked,” and how many years have we picked the crop?  How many trips to Washington, D.C., and how many testimonials have been made with the same message: without AgJOBs or a workable ag labor [...]

A Busy Start

As we move into our prime promotion season, some positive things are happening in the world of pears.

We recently finished up a great Produce Marketing Association convention in Atlanta, Georgia. There were over 18,000 people at this show. We have an attractive booth that drew a lot of visitors. [...]