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  • I’m Cosmic Crisp, says apple formerly known as WA 38

I’m Cosmic Crisp, says apple formerly known as WA 38

  • May 21st, 2014

 

Clarification appended.

The much anticipated WA 38 apple variety will go by the brand name Cosmic Crisp, Washington State University announced today.

The university also unveiled a new web page for the variety.

The name derives from little spots that look like starbursts, said Carolyn Ross, associate professor in the WSU School [...]

California cherry packers ready for new lines

  • May 20th, 2014

Two northern California cherry packers are using new grading and sorting technology for the 2014 cherry season. Both held open houses in April to show off the new equipment to growers and industry members.

Rivermaid Trading Company in Lodi installed a GP Graders Air Jet Defect Grader on a 40-lane [...]

  • Club apples are in demand

Club apples are in demand

  • May 19th, 2014

Twenty years ago, Red Delicious apple production peaked in Washington at more than 60 million packed boxes. Just three varieties—Red and Golden Delicious and Granny Smith—accounted for 90 percent of the total crop.

Since then, Washington’s apple crop has doubled, Red Delicious production has halved, and more than 24 apple [...]

  • Beyond Honeycrisp

Beyond Honeycrisp

A number of new varieties that are coming to market are being touted as being better than Honeycrisp.

Pazazz, a variety developed by Doug Shelfelbine in his private breeding program in Wisconsin, originated from an open-pollinated Honeycrisp, according to Fred Wescott, who is commercializing the variety.

The striped red apple was [...]