• Sweet Rosa Lynn

Sweet Rosa Lynn

  • November 28th, 2014

The new apple variety Rosa Lynn is named after the wives of the two people who discovered it in an orchard at Royal City, Washington.

In 1998, José Ramirez, orchard manager at Stein-Manzana, and Dain Craver, general manager, noticed a tree in a mixed apple block that seemed different from [...]

  • Growers’ advocate ends 42-year career

Growers’ advocate ends 42-year career

  • November 27th, 2014
During his four decades working at the Washington Growers Clearing House Association, Kirk Mayer saw the Washington apple crop grow from 25 million boxes to 140 million and availability of labor become an increasing concern.

Hort Council appoints information specialist

  • November 21st, 2014

Drew Toop will join the staff of the Northwest Horticultural Council as regulatory information specialist on December 8. Toop, who grew up in the Yakima, Washington, earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Chinese Language and Culture from Washington State University in 2012. He has spent time in Taiwan [...]

  • Daniel Symms, 1961-2014

Daniel Symms, 1961-2014

  • November 16th, 2014

Daniel Thomas Symms, great-grandson of the founder of Symms Fruit Ranch in Caldwell, Idaho, died from cancer on October 7. He was 52.

Symms grew up on the Symms Fruit Ranch until his father, Steven Symms, was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1972. His father served four terms in [...]

  • Growers sought for Piqa pears

Growers sought for Piqa pears

  • November 16th, 2014

The New Zealand company Prevar is looking for orchardists in North America who would like to grow new Piqa brand pear varieties developed in New Zealand. Prevar commercializes fruit varieties bred by Plant and Food Research.

Piqa Boo (PremP009 cultivar) is a red pear that combines characteristics of European, Japanese, [...]

New organization to promote Australia’s horticulture industry

  • November 16th, 2014

A new organization called Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited has been formed to replace Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) and undertake research and development and marketing efforts to support Australia’s $9.5 billion horticulture industry.

The move follows a recent independent report into the performance of HAL that recommended a change to a [...]

RosBREED extended with new SCRI grant of $10 million

  • November 6th, 2014

Ten million dollars in new funding will transform the RosBREED project from a research program devoted to genetic discovery into a more focused, practical phase of breeding fruit crops resistant to diseases.

The new funding comes from the Specialty Crop Research Initiative. Spread over five years, the funding will bring [...]

  • USDA Announces Loss Adjustment for Late Apple Harvest

USDA Announces Loss Adjustment for Late Apple Harvest

  • November 6th, 2014

Multi-Peril Crop Insurance policyholders are getting an extension because of the delayed maturity of apple crop this year.

The USDA put out the following press release:

 

SPOKANE, Wash., Nov. 5, 2014 – USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced an extension of the insurance period for apple Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) policyholders [...]

  • Schlect: Elections aftermath

Schlect: Elections aftermath

  • November 5th, 2014

● Greg Walden (R/Oregon) should be happy today. The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee sheparded his flock of candidates to a significant national victory in yesterday’s mid-term election. However, the delegation from the Pacific Northwest did manage to stand pat, with the only change being in the [...]

  • China opens to Washington State apples

China opens to Washington State apples

 
Good news came to Washington’s apple industry today when U.S. Department of Agriculture officials announced the immediate reopening of China’s market to Washington Red and Golden Delicious apples. It’s good timing as growers are wrapping up harvest of the largest crop on record, which some believe will be [...]