Fewer pears for canners

By |September 1st, 2013|

The outlook seems positive for the Northwest canning pear industry going into the 2013 season.

The industry is expecting to [...]

Should pear growers update?

By |September 1st, 2013|

While many pear growers in the Pacific Northwest have welcomed Dr. Amit Dhingra’s efforts to push the pear industry [...]

Pear industry ripe for change

By |September 1st, 2013|

When Dr. Amit Dhingra joined Washington State University seven years ago as a plant genomicist, one thing immediately struck [...]

Top Five pear research needs

By |September 1st, 2013|

Although most pears are grown in traditional orchards, the same way they’ve been grown for many decades, there’s not [...]

Pears: A grower’s advocate

By |September 1st, 2013|

Pat Burnett, who has been a fruit grower, packer, and marketer in his career—and for many years simultaneously—has always [...]

Pear gene bank open house

By |August 26th, 2013|

Pear growers and others interested in the fruit will have an opportunity to sample hundreds of the more than [...]

California growers worry about fireblight

By |July 1st, 2013|

The generally arid conditions in the Pacific Northwest limit the threat of the disease, which needs warm and moist [...]

China could become big pear market

By |July 1st, 2013|

China could become a significant market for U.S. pears. Louis Ng, who represents the Pear Bureau Northwest in China, believes China could be importing 500,000 to 600,000 boxes of pears annually within the next five to ten years. That would make China the second-largest pear export market after Mexico.

FruiTrivia: Test your knowledge of fruit varieties

By |June 1st, 2013|

1  Which of the following cherries is not an offspring of Van?
a.   Lapins
b.   Stella
c.   Summit
d. [...]

The NOSB’s ‘lose-lose’ decision

By |May 15th, 2013|

A decision by the National Organic Standards Board not to extend use of a key antibiotic to control fireblight [...]