March 15th 2012 Issue

Tools growers should be using

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To stay in business for the long haul, orchardists must produce exceptional quantities of exceptional fruit. Fortunately, there are [...]

High density not for Concords

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A Washington State University study found that traditional spacings for juice grapes—around six feet between vines and nine feet [...]

Heed global trends

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The global food business is increasingly complex, with new players, new linkages, and cause-and-effect reactions that impact food supply [...]

Gauging apple crop load

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When using the Equilifruit, it should fit tightly around the selected limb, about an inch away from the trunk. [...]

Alcohol depresses wine aromas

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Ethanol (alcohol) interacts with sensory attributes of wine and can decrease the potency of aromas as the amount of [...]

It’s still a family industry

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Consolidation within the Washington apple industry over the years has led to a dramatic drop in the number of [...]

Flavor and quality still paramount

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Of all the attributes consumers are looking for today in their food—freshness, organic, local, and sustainable—flavor and quality are [...]

Export focus is not new

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The Washington apple industry was exporting a significant percentage of its crop, long before the Washington Apple Commission was [...]

Cripps Pink is in expansion mode

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Lady in Red is one of several highly colored strains of Cripps Pink that will be marketed as Pink [...]

EU regulations stifle fruit exports

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Pacific Northwest apple and pear exports to Europe have dropped dramatically since pesticide ­regulations were harmonized among members of [...]