Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

A shift from ladders to illuminated platforms allows pickers to work day or night.

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  • Mechanical thin cherries

Mechanical thin cherries

  • August 1st, 2010

The Darwin string thinner is attached to the front of the tractor. The Bonner is in the background.
Mechanical thinning equipment has been tested for several years during bloom on apples and soft fruits, such as peaches and nectarines, but is now being tested prebloom for cherry thinning.

Two mechanical [...]

Answers to food safety questions

  • August 1st, 2010

The Center for Produce Safety held its first produce research symposium in June to review projects it has sponsored.

Chris Schlect, president of the Northwest Horticultural Council and a member of the CPS’s advisory board, said the research is designed to answer real-world questions that will help the produce industry [...]

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  • August 1st, 2010

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  • Water stress impacts cherries

Water stress impacts cherries

  • August 1st, 2010

Denise Neilsen explains how an atmometer is used in a cherry irrigation experiment at the Summerland research center in British Columbia.

The timing of irrigation can impact the growth of a cherry tree and the quality of the fruit, research in British Columbia, Canada ­suggests.

Drs. Gerry and Denise Neilsen, scientists [...]

  • NEW APPLE is first of many

NEW APPLE is first of many

  • July 1st, 2010

About 130 Washington growers are evaluating WSU’s first apple, WA 2, in their orchards.

Soon, Washington State growers are going to have a wide choice of new apple varieties to grow, all of which are being developed specifically for them.

Washington State University has released the first two varieties from its [...]

A direct marketer’s directory of apple varieties

  • July 1st, 2010

Harvest date*
Variety
Comments

8/20
Zestar!
Crispy, juicy, nice sweet/tart balance, good flavor for an early apple, firm slices

8/20
Dandee Red
High acid, good keeper for its season

8/20
Sansa
Excellent sweet/tart balance and crunch, disease resistant

9/1
Ginger Gold
Stores into late January

9/3
Gala
Sweet, mild, crisp, slices stay firm

9/15
McIntosh
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  • Apple growers need good niche apples

Apple growers need good niche apples

  • July 1st, 2010

Nothing adds spice to a horticulture meeting like a discussion of new, upcoming, promising apple varieties.

Some growers—those depending on commercial packing houses and wholesale distribution—may be looking for that one new variety that could someday transform the industry. Honeycrisp comes to mind.

Growers who have more direct access to local [...]

  • Avoid hazards when choosing cherries to plant

Avoid hazards when choosing cherries to plant

  • July 1st, 2010

Early Robin has the potential of meeting the demand for an early harvest Rainier-type cherry.

Twenty years ago, fresh cherry producers in the Pacific Northwest were limited in their variety choices to primarily Bing and Rainier. Now, however, there is a plethora of available varieties with more appearing all the [...]

  • A grower reaches out to consumers

A grower reaches out to consumers

  • July 1st, 2010

Rosa Lynn is a chance seedling discovered on Washington’s Royal Slope. The fruit stores well.

If you discover an exciting new apple variety and want it to succeed, it’s going to take more than just delivering it to the warehouse, a marketer says.

Dain Craver has been traveling the country promoting [...]

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  • July 1st, 2010

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  • Last Bite Variety Roundup

Last Bite Variety Roundup

  • July 1st, 2010

Left to right: Envy, an ENZA variety, is in field trials in New Zealand, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States; Ariane was developed in France from crosses of old varieties including Florina, Prima, and Golden Delicious; Evelina, a red sport of Pinova, was discovered in Germany; Honeycrunch [...]

  • Pox-resistant plum registered

Pox-resistant plum registered

  • July 1st, 2010

The HoneySweet plum is sweet and flavorful and highly resistant to the plum pox virus.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced its conditional registration of a plum pox virus resistance gene contained in a new plum variety called HoneySweet.

Dr. Ralph Scorza, research horticulturist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s [...]