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Bee parasite sequenced

  • August 1st, 2009

U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists at the Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, have sequenced the genome of a parasite called Nosema ceranae that can kill honeybees and is suspected of playing a role in colony collapse disorder. They have also almost finished sequencing the genome of a related [...]

  • Sweet Skylar Rae

Sweet Skylar Rae

  • August 1st, 2009

Skylar Rae cherries about a week before harvest. In tests, the soluble solids have been as high as 30° Brix.

If you were designing the perfect cherry, you might want one that looks similar to Rainier, but brighter colored. It would ripen a couple of weeks earlier, to get a [...]

Classified

  • August 1st, 2009

BIRD CONTROL
EFFECTIVE AND AFFORDABLE netting for bird control from Neal Carter & Associates, Ltd. Nets are available for cherries, grapes, and other crops in a range of widths, sizes, and colors. Applicators, pegs, and custom nets are also for sale, www.farmsolutions.net. 250-494-1099. 50953

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Good Point – Larry Lutz

  • August 1st, 2009

So, this is where it all began—the North American apple industry, that is.

Apples have been grown in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley since the French explorer Samuel de Champlain first settled at what is now Annapolis Royal in 1605. This was the first permanent European settlement in North America north [...]

  • New peach varieties

New peach varieties

  • August 1st, 2009

FlavrBurst has less acidity than typical peach varieties.

SummerFest and FlavrBurst are two new peach varieties created by fruit breeder Dr. Ralph Scorza at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia. They have been released through cooperative research with Adams County Nursery, Inc., in Aspers, Pennsylvania. Plant patents [...]

  • Regina, the shy bearer

Regina, the shy bearer

  • August 1st, 2009

Manuel Ybarra of Quincy, Washington, and other Pacific Northwest growers learn about how to maximize Regina cherry production at the Omeg Orchard in The Dalles, Oregon.

The German cherry variety Regina has numerous good attributes but tends to crop lightly. However, it’s possible to overcome that, Lynn Long, Oregon State [...]

  • In search of superior apples

In search of superior apples

  • July 1st, 2009

Dr. Cameron Peace checks block of seedlings resulting from the intercrossing of parents that have been used in WSU’s breeding program.

Tree fruit geneticist Dr. Cameron Peace is planting 2,500 trees in Wenatchee, Washington, that he expects will play a role in the development of superior apple varieties.

The 4.5-acre apple [...]

  • Premium Rainiers

Premium Rainiers

  • July 1st, 2009

Norm Gutzwiler wants growers who put more time and effort into raising quality cherries to be rewarded.

The Washington State fresh cherry industry has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to introduce a premium grade for the state’s Rainier cherries.

The new grade, requested by the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee, defines [...]

Research revealed

  • July 1st, 2009

Washington State University’s new research orchard needs industry support, says Dr. Jay Brunner.

Washington State University will hold a field day on July 22 to showcase its new research orchard located at Sunrise Lane between Wenatchee and Quincy.

WSU bought Sunrise Orchard in 2006 to replace the research blocks at the [...]

  • Potential cherry rootstocks

Potential cherry rootstocks

  • July 1st, 2009

Dennis Tarry of Dave Wilson Nursery observes a cherry plum cross.

While looking for a winning interspecific cherry, a California fruit breeder may have stumbled upon new plant material with value as a cherry rootstock.

Zaiger Genetics, Inc., of Modesto, California, has been developing interspecific cherries, crossing hybrids of plum and [...]

  • See autonomous vehicle at field day

See autonomous vehicle at field day

  • July 1st, 2009

An autonomous vehicle developed by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, will be demonstrated during a field day at Washington State University’s Sunrise Orchard near Wenatchee on July 22.

The vehicle has been developed as part of a research project on comprehensive automation for tree fruits [...]

In the Box

  • July 1st, 2009

Dear Good Fruit Grower:

If Ben Mann (cover artist, June 2009 Good Fruit Grower) were working for me, he would be immediately given his final check and asked to not come back.

Perhaps, on a good day, I would first ask him to re-read our printed ladder safety manual, and give [...]