December 2012 Issue

Organic trade association seeks input

By |December 1st, 2012|

The Organic Trade Association is holding town-hall forums across the country to gather industry thoughts about the association’s proposal [...]

High-density cherry orchard economics

By |December 1st, 2012|

Planting a high-density cherry orchard, with its earlier production and potential for higher yields at maturity, is one of [...]

Red’s not dead

By |December 1st, 2012|

Photo by Melissa Hansen

For the past 30 years, Red Delicious has been the poor relation of the apple family. [...]

The dark side of Honeycrisp

By |December 1st, 2012|

Honeycrisp apples have outstanding flavor and texture, but the tree has a long list of characteristics that make it [...]

Cherry research needed

By |December 1st, 2012|

Washington cherry and stone fruit growers will have another opportunity in the coming weeks to vote on a special [...]

Transition brings uncertainty

By |December 1st, 2012|

Kevin Moore
Courtesy of University of Missouri, Columbia

In a family farm business, there’s often the hope or expectation that [...]

Worried about labor

By |December 1st, 2012|

Steve Hunt, the incoming president of the Michigan State Horticultural Society, grows only one kind of fruit—blueberries—about 110 acres [...]

Cherries as berries

By |December 1st, 2012|

The Korvan 7240 blueberry harvester was first demonstrated at the Clarksville Horticulture Experiment Station by Michigan State University’s team [...]

Cost of growing Reds

By |December 1st, 2012|

A new economic study from Washington State University estimates the variable costs  of producing Red Delicious in a mature [...]

The no-family dilemma

By |December 1st, 2012|

You’ve invested your life in building a vineyard, winery, or other agricultural enterprise, producing a high-quality product with a [...]