June 2012 Issue

Pillars of agriculture

By |June 1st, 2012|

American farmers can call up images from two very different historical threads when describing themselves.

Farmers are rugged individualists, pioneers [...]

Last Bite–From Shangri-La

By |June 1st, 2012|

Apricots are dried on a Hunza Valley rooftop.
On the flanks of the magnificent Karakoram mountain range, a jagged [...]

Breeding focus turns to blush

By |June 1st, 2012|

With most sweet cherries being medium to dark red, the chances of a breeder discovering a new blushed yellow [...]

Muscat, old but new

By |June 1st, 2012|

Muscat grapes are used in a variety of wine styles, from off-dry to sweet to dessert wines. These Muscat [...]

Land-grant mission still relevant

By |June 1st, 2012|

Dan Bernardo

Washington State apple, pear, and grape growers have agreed to tax themselves assessments to raise nearly $35 million [...]

Moscato madness

By |June 1st, 2012|

The Moscato craze started with Gallo’s Barefoot Cellars, when it released a light, sweet wine in 2008. It’s been [...]

The rush to redness

By |June 1st, 2012|

David Bedford

Dr. David Bedford, the apple breeder at University of Minnesota where the original Honeycrisp was bred in 1961 [...]

Muscat plantings on the rise

By |June 1st, 2012|

Muscat grape varieties, the hottest selling wines in America, have also been the hottest selling grape nursery stock. And while there’s been an uptick in Muscat plantings in Washington State, in general, the state’s wine industry is taking a cautious approach to the latest wine fad.

New New York apples go in the ground this spring

By |June 1st, 2012|

This is NY 1, the Honeycrisp-like grower-friendly apple. Commercial plantings began this spring.
Photo courtesy of Cornell University

Two new [...]

Does MCP affect flavor?

By |June 1st, 2012|

A question that scientists say needs to be researched further is whether MCP (1-methylcyclopropene) affects the flavor and aroma [...]