What’s the best rootstock for Honeycrisp?

  • November 27th, 2013

The loss of a hillside of Gala trees in a big storm in 2009 opened up an opportunity for Michigan grower Joe Rasch to use that land to participate in a national trial evaluating Honeycrisp on 32 ­different rootstocks.

Rasch is collaborating with Dr. Terence ­Robinson, research horticulturist with Cornell [...]

  • New comment period set on deregulation of Arctic apples

New comment period set on deregulation of Arctic apples

A second, “final,” 30-day period has opened during which the public may comment on deregulation of Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ non-browning apples, Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny. The period ends December 9.

Arctic apples are genetically modified versions of Golden Delicious and Granny Smith. When cut or bruised, they do not [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • November 18th, 2013

Early Pink Lady
An early maturing selection of Pink Lady (cultivar Cripps Pink) is available from Brandt’s Fruit Trees in Yakima, Washington.

The selection matures up to three weeks earlier than the standard Pink Lady. Another distinction is that while standard Cripps Pink sometimes needs to be stored for a [...]

  • Sweetie, Smitten, and Papple

Sweetie, Smitten, and Papple

  • November 18th, 2013

 

The belief that certain apples have superior value perhaps began when a slithery creature wiggled up to Adam and Eve, hissing, “Try this. It has a nice balance of sweetness and tartness, and a sinfully good crunch.”

Adam and Eve validated what we know today: consumers will pay big for [...]

  • Reluctant Regina

Reluctant Regina

  • September 1st, 2013
Cherry growers in Oregon like the Regina cherry. They like that it has some resistance to rain cracking and that the fruit ships well to Asia or Europe. They just wish the trees would be more productive.
  • New York apples names

New York apples names

  • September 1st, 2013

Those two new apple varieties formerly called New York 1 and New York 2 and now named SnapDragon and RubyFrost were named “the good fashioned way, with hard work.”

That’s according to Jeff Crist, vice chair of the board of directors of NYAG (New York Apple Growers) and a fruit [...]