New Developments

Good, better, best? The quest for better apple rootstocks

By |June 18th, 2014|

There is likely not a “best” apple rootstock, though the replant-tolerant Geneva rootstocks (G.41, G.214, G.935, G.210, G.30, G.890) [...]

Building for the apple boom

By |June 17th, 2014|

Washington’s apple production has ramped up faster than expected.

High demand for trees

By |June 17th, 2014|

There seems to be no letup in growers’ desire to plant more apple trees.

Breeding becomes more efficient

By |June 9th, 2014|

Genetic markers are available for predicting many fruit traits, but nothing can replace the human palate.
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    Permalink Pears growing near Parker, Washington on June 6, 2014 that will be part of a large crop expected in the Northwest this season. <b>(TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower)</b>Gallery

    Pear growers expect 2014 crop of 411,400 tons, slightly below average

Pear growers expect 2014 crop of 411,400 tons, slightly below average

By |June 6th, 2014|

Pear growers in the Pacific Northwest expect the 2014 harvest to be down from last season’s record crop, as [...]

Beyond Honeycrisp

By |June 5th, 2014|

Several new varieties are coming to market with high expectations.

SweeTango’s saga

By |May 29th, 2014|

New apples don’t come with owner’s manuals.

What makes apple trees tick?

By |May 29th, 2014|

During his 40 years at Cornell University, Dr. Alan Lakso devised some oddly clever ways to figure out how [...]

California nursery sales brisk

By |May 29th, 2014|

California tree fruit nurseries are as busy as ever. For apple tree sales, there seems to be no slowdown [...]

The lure of a better fly trap

By |May 28th, 2014|

USDA researchers identified specific volatiles that attract spotted wing drosophila.