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Chinese fruit importers visit Northwest

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Ten representatives from Chinese fruit importing companies are visiting Washington and Oregon this week to learn more about Pacific Northwest apples and pears.

The Chinese market opened to all varieties of apples last spring and Todd

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Tannins from vine to wine

Vineyard practices can fine-tune grape tannins, but winemakers have the most influence.

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Designer rootstocks

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At Van Acker Farms in Williamson, New York, the owners are transitioning from growing apples for processing to growing the much more desirable fresh-market varieties like Honeycrisp and SnapDragon.

Lots of growers are doing it, and

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Row crops prepare ground for replanting

Pushing Fuji trees too hard can result in blind wood.

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Dynamic pruning keeps trees productive

With constant renewal of limbs, pear trees will continue to produce large, high-quality fruit.

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Quest begins to breed new pear rootstock

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The Pacific Northwest fresh pear industry will allocate more than $200,000 over the next three years to launch a pear rootstock breeding program in Washington.

A dwarfing pear rootstock would enable pear growers to shift to

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New path for pears

The bi-axis system enables pear growers to plant high-density orchards on standard rootstocks.

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WSU reports on growth in organic tree fruit

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Organic apples grown and packed in Washington state in the 2013-14 season had a total f.o.b. value of more than $295 million, according to the report “Recent Trends in Certified Organic Tree fruit” just released

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Lesser-known grape varieties are ‘hands on’

Do your homework before taking risk with minor wine grape varieties.

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Tips for growing lesser-known wine grape varieties

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Washington State grape growers Roger Gamache of Mesa and Mike Andrews of Horse Heaven Hills appellation share below what they’ve learned from growing several lesser-known varieties.
Malbec

Gamache planted his first Malbec in 2003 and has clones

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Sliced pears show potential

Treatment with a ripening compound ensures that sliced pears stay juicy and flavorful.

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Manage pears for higher yields

An experiment demonstrates how to increase yields of close-planted Bartlett pear trees by changing tree management, not the rootstock.

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Success with fresh sliced pears and peaches

A Fresno-based, California company is one of the first to bring fresh-cut pears and stone fruit to the retail market.

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Doorninks share yield-boosting strategies

Growers harvest more apples than they once thought possible.

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Fresh-cut path for Woot Froot

Kim Gaarde did the impossible by bringing fresh-sliced pears, peaches, and nectarines to consumers.

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Results rise with adjuvants

Bread yeast shows potential for improving pesticide performance.

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Hedging to improve quality

A Washington grower-packer foresees multiple benefits from mechanical pruning.

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Des Layne takes new WSU position in Pullman

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Dr. Desmond Layne, hired by Washington State University three years ago as its tree fruit extension leader, has moved from Wenatchee to the Pullman campus to take a new administrative position affective September 1.

Layne has

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A pear a day…

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Pears could have multiple health benefits, according to preliminary research at the North Dakota State University in Fargo.

Researchers there studied whether the peel, pulp, and juice of pears could help prevent and manage type-2 diabetes,

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Help with hedging

When can mechanical pruning be done and will it increase fruit sunburn?

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Growers transition to fresh market apples

Growers are moving from processing to fresh apple varieties, but it takes time.

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Researchers honored at Hort Science conference

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Four postharvest physiologists fared well in early August, gaining recognition for their work during the American Society for Horticultural Science annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Elizabeth Mitcham was named Outstanding International Horticulturist. She is director

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Embrace wine diversity

A veteran winemaker gives tips on making wines from cool and warm sites.

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Warm and cool site challenges

Yield management is critical when growing Cabernet Sauvignon in a cool site.

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Safe product repels drosophila

Butyl anthranilate also deters egg laying by spotted wing drosophila flies.

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SnapDragon lacks vigor

New variety has a snappy flavor, but is no dragon when it comes to tree growth.

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Intrexon buys biological insect control company, Oxitec

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Intrexon Corporation, of Germantown, Maryland, a company that describes itself as involved in synthetic biology, has agreed to buy Oxitec, of Oxford, England, a pioneer in biological insect control.

Both of these companies have appeared in

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FairWeigh system for fair pay

WSU develops in-the-field weighing system for picking buckets.

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Magic water

Electrolyzed water is making waves in storage and packing house sanitation.

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Family farm puts flavor first

Family Tree Farms sources new stone fruit varieties from around the world.

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IFTA summer tour highlights gear to help fruit beat the heat

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The 2015 IFTA summer tour provided an intense learning environment for growers and researchers who took part in the the three day event in eastern Washington on July 15-17. Nearly 200 people loaded up on

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Digging back into peach history

The Chinese were clonally propagating peach trees at least 7,000 years ago.

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Peaches in Florida

Citrus growers are diversifying into peaches.

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In The Box: Arctic answers

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Dear Good Fruit Grower,

We’d like to address a few points raised by Mike Willett of the Northwest Horticultural Council in his opinion piece about Arctic apples (“Why go Arctic?” Good Fruit Grower, May 15, 2015).

First,

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California cling peach growers plant more trees as prices improve

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Stronger prices for cling peaches seem to have prompted California growers to plant more trees, which should slow the industry’s long-term slide in acreage.

The rising price was triggered by long-term falling production as growers turned

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What is SnapDragon?

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New York apple breeder Dr. Susan Brown answered questions about SnapDragon (NY 1) in the latest RosBREED newsletter:

What is the pedigree of SnapDragon?

SnapDragon is a cross of Honeycrisp and a New York advanced selection whose

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Drone ready to work in fruit

FAA approved Yamaha’s remote-controlled copter for agricultural use.

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Matching the spray to the tree

As canopy volume has decreased, growers would like to use less pesticide.

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Those rotten Honeycrisp

Among the cultivar’s many problem features is exceptional susceptibility to fruit rots.

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How to manage young Honeycrisp

Crop load management is critical for return bloom and good tree growth.

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Reds still dominate apple exports

Club varieties are too expensive when freight and duties are added.

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Ambrosia restrictions to end

By 2019, Ambrosia will be an open variety in both the United States and Canada. But it won’t do well in all locations, growers are warned.

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Clubs are changing how apples are marketed — and priced

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The Honeycrisp apple is a Cinderella story. A somewhat homely apple, almost rejected from its own breeding program, is given a chance and is discovered by an adoring public and propelled on a rise to

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Clubs exclude many growers

Varieties are managed to create a controlled scarcity of product.

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New apple varieties excite consumers

But there's not room in the grocery store for all the contenders.

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Apple varieties from A to Z

Sink your teeth into this alphabet of apples

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Will Honeycrisp become a victim of its popularity?

Will Honeycrisp become a victim of its popularity?

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Who’s going to sell all these apples?

And who's going to buy them?

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Corr: Consumers decide

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The June 2015 issue of Good Fruit Grower examines how new varieties are changing the economics of the apple industry.

When the domestic market tilts toward some varieties and away from others, the game changes. Growers

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Student wines toast WSU Wine Science Center’s opening

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Washington’s wine industry will fittingly toast the grand opening of the new Wine Science Center with wines made by students of Washington State University’s viticulture and enology program.

The wines to be poured for the celebration

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