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 [...]

Trends in organic tree fruit

By |May 1st, 2013|

Washington State University’s sustainable agriculture specialist David Granatstein keeps tabs on organic tree fruit production statistics, compiling charts and [...]

Pear growers surveyed on biological control

By |May 1st, 2013|

Implementing stable biological control programs requires growers and pest managers to have a much better understanding of management actions [...]