December 2012 Issue

Prune for size

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Producing fruit today requires higher and higher degrees of innovation. Profit margins are small, and quality demands are high. [...]

Information is key

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As incoming president of the Washington State Horticultural Association, Jeff Cleveringa hopes to strengthen the association’s role in keeping [...]

New research orchard structures

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Cravo roof in a closed position.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CRAVO

New protected orchard structures were installed last spring at Michigan [...]

Good Point: Real estate activity by region

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Beginning in late 2011 and continuing into 2012, there’s been increased real estate activity in the Pacific Northwest, driven [...]

Newest AVA

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Cameron Fries of White Heron Cellars was one of several who worked to create the new Ancient Lakes AVA.

Land is scarce and costly

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Farmland has become scarce and expensive as growers plow their profits back into their operations.

Tree fruit growers who have [...]

Nursery trees are selling fast

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Strong prices for apples during the past few seasons have prompted a spurt in orchard renewal and expansion, tree [...]

The best clone for Washington

By |December 1st, 2012|

Don’t get too hung up on planting the right clone, say two noted wine industry members from Washington State. [...]

Yields are critical

By |December 1st, 2012|

In economic study of the costs of establishing, producing, and packing Honeycrisp apples in Washington State underlines the importance [...]