July 2012 Issue

Canned pear assessment drops

By |July 1st, 2012|

Northwest pear growers will pay a reduced assessment on canned pears in the coming season. The rate will drop [...]

Extended Stemilt cherry season

By |July 1st, 2012|

The California cherry season can make or break the start of the Washington State cherry deal. Good quality cherries [...]

Focus on soil health

By |July 1st, 2012|

Apple seedlings grown in soil infested with root-lesion nematodes (on the left) and in soil without nematodes (on the [...]

U.S. canned pear industry is in flux

By |July 1st, 2012|

The canned pear world is in the midst of change. With more than a decade of declining Bartlett pear [...]

Rootstocks don’t affect wine

By |July 1st, 2012|

Markus Keller says growers in eastern Washington now have no reason to fear using rootstocks.
Photo by Melissa Hansen

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Florida PEACHES

By |July 1st, 2012|

When devastating freezes strike the Florida citrus industry, it becomes national news immediately, as people want to know how [...]

Living with plum pox

By |July 1st, 2012|

Jim Bittner, pictured with a tour group in his New York orchard, pulled out 20 acres of peaches when [...]

Canadians will reduce pressure to eliminate plum pox

By |July 1st, 2012|

In the “usual” journalistic process, reporters find expert sources and ask questions, then ask additional questions as the answers [...]

Truitt Brothers helps consolidate pear processing

By |July 1st, 2012|

After almost 40 years as a major pear canner, Truitt Brothers of Salem, Oregon, is “bowing out” of the [...]

Merging two cultures

By |July 1st, 2012|

During the early cherry season, West Mathison, ­president of Stemilt Growers, Inc., Wenatchee, Washington, spends about half his time [...]