January 15th 2012 Issue

Why do new varieties fail?

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In spite of the 70 breeding programs around the world developing new tree fruit cultivars, most new varieties are [...]

Vineyard and winery financing

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From a banker’s perspective, vineyard loans in Washington State can generally be categorized as high risk or low risk, [...]

Grape nursery sales remain strong

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Cabernet Sauvignon vine sales are still strong, though Merlot and Chardonnay sales softened last year, says Jeff Sample.
Melissa [...]

In the box

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Good Fruit Growers of the Year
Dear Good Fruit Grower:

For some in Washington State, the selection of the Rice [...]

High-tech nursery launched

By |January 15th, 2012|

Dr. Amit Dhingra, genomicist with Washington State University, has set up a new company to produce fruit varieties, rootstocks, [...]

What’s the appeal of Honeycrisp?

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Honeycrisp admirers describe the popular variety as being sweet, juicy, and crunchy.

Honeycrisp apples have delighted consumers with their taste [...]

Reds likely to reign overseas

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As the Washington State apple crop shifts in terms of varieties and volumes, the Washington Apple Commission must match [...]

Honeycrisp is set to soar

By |January 15th, 2012|

A Washington State agricultural economist ­predicts that production of Honeycrisp in Washington State will soar during the next ten [...]

Who’s in charge?

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Roles of industry organizations


Washington State Horticultural Association
•Education (annual meeting)
•State legislative and regulatory issues
•GRASSP food safety [...]

Adopting new technologies

By |January 15th, 2012|

Pennsylvania State University horticulturist Dr. James Schupp knows growers face a host of barriers to adopting new technologies. But [...]