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  • Red-fleshed apples

Red-fleshed apples

  • January 15th, 2013

The red trait, which is common in crab apples and ornamentals, produces flesh colored anywhere from pink to deep red. Skin color and flesh color are inherited separately, so yellow apples can have red flesh.
Photos courtesy of IFORED

Next Big Thing’s last big thing was the SweeTango apple. Now, [...]

  • Tower sprayer works for Quebec grower

Tower sprayer works for Quebec grower

Fruiteraie des Gadbois has another unique feature, a tower, or sleeve, sprayer Benoit Gadbois developed working with Dr. Bernard Panneton and Carl Bissaillon.

Benoit demonstrated it in the family’s orchards during the International Fruit Tree Association tour to the Quebec area last summer.

Panneton is an agricultural engineer at the horticultural [...]

  • First fruit

First fruit

  • January 1st, 2013

Bill Dodd stands next to the EverCrisp mother tree, which grows at the Doud family’s County Line Orchard near Wabash, Indiana.
photo courtesy of Bill Dodd

The first fruit of a grassroots apple breeding program is making its way into growers’ orchards.

EverCrisp apple trees are being sold this winter by [...]

  • Hello EverCrisp, goodbye Fuji?

Hello EverCrisp, goodbye Fuji?

  • January 1st, 2013

For Mitch Lynd, the introduction of EverCrisp apples into Midwestern growers’ orchards will probably mean they won’t plant Fuji in the future.

The new apple looks a lot like a Fuji, is sweet like a Fuji, matures late like a Fuji, and keeps like a Fuji. But it does not [...]

  • Packer finds his niche

Packer finds his niche

  • January 1st, 2013

With more than 40 percent of his acreage in the New Zealand apple varieties Pacific Rose and Jazz, Scott Smith admits he’s taken a big gamble. But planting new varieties has been his strategy for surviving in the Washington State tree fruit industry as a small grower and packer.

Smith’s [...]

Paternity test implicates Napoleon

Genetic testing has revealed that the blush cherry Napoleon Bigarreau (Napoleon for short) is the father of the Bing cherry. Black Republican, a red cherry, was known to be the mother variety, but the other parent (the source of the pollen) was unknown until now.

Dr. Amy Iezzoni, cherry breeder [...]

View new technologies in the making

  • January 1st, 2013

The public will have an opportunity to see what’s new in automated and precision farming technologies at the second annual Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems Expo

The free event will take place October 8 from 1–3 p.m. at Washington State University’s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in [...]

Over-the-row research

  • December 1st, 2012

Research evaluating over-the-row tart cherry harvesting was funded in 2008 as a five-year project by USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics Information System.

Headed by Michigan State University horticulturist Dr. Ron Perry, it involves other MSU researchers: cherry breeder Dr. Amy Iezzoni; Dr. Greg Lang, who studies cherry orchard design and [...]

  • Last Bite: Cox pipped out by Gala

Last Bite: Cox pipped out by Gala

  • December 1st, 2012

Cox’s Orange Pippin is a firm, juicy, full-flavored apple with an orange-red skin and cream-colored flesh.
Photo by Jacqueline King, WSU

Cox’s Orange Pippin—Britain’s favorite apple for 150 years or so—has been usurped by Gala, one of its grandchildren.

It’s not because Gala is a better apple, British journalist Michael Leapman [...]

The back story

  • December 1st, 2012

After the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and the breach of the Berlin Wall in 1989, countries like East Germany and Poland were re-integrated into a world where machine technology was much preferred to human labor.

In some cases, in the process of “catching up” with the West, they [...]

  • Red’s not dead

Red’s not dead

  • December 1st, 2012

Photo by Melissa Hansen

For the past 30 years, Red Delicious has been the poor relation of the apple family. Although all varieties of apples have been profitable in recent years, Red Delicious is still close to the bottom of the list in terms of f.o.b. prices.

Last season, the average [...]

  • Cherry enterprise budgets available

Cherry enterprise budgets available

  • December 1st, 2012

Mike Omeg reminds growers not to get too hung up on the specifics.
Photo by Geraldine Warner

Oregon State University agricultural economists recently updated enterprise budgets for both standard and high-­density sweet cherry orchard systems. Enterprise budgets are designed to help growers estimate actual costs and review individual production costs [...]