Crab apple pruning demos

  • March 2nd, 2015

Two pruning demonstrations have been scheduled this month to help orchardists understand how to prune Manchurian crab apple trees in order to be eligible to export apples to China.

The Chinese apple market, closed between 2012 and 2014 due to fruit infection caused by two postharvest rots, recently reopened. The [...]

WSU will add to tree fruit faculty

  • February 27th, 2015

Washington Stat

e University plans to hire several new faculty over the next couple of years to work specifically on issues important to the tree fruit industry.

The university is interviewing three candidates to fill the position of Extension Specialist Tim Smith, who officially retired last August but continues to work [...]

  • WAWGG honors grape industry members

WAWGG honors grape industry members

  • February 17th, 2015

Several long-time industry members were honored for their decades of growing, industry involvement, and advancement of Washington State’s wine grape industry during the annual meeting of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers.

Kevin Corliss, who’s spent his career working to improve, expand, and enhance the Washington wine grape industry, [...]

  • Corr: Was USDA’s GMO decision a black cat crossing America’s orchards?

Corr: Was USDA’s GMO decision a black cat crossing America’s orchards?

  • February 17th, 2015

To hear some critics tell it, the government’s decision Friday the 13th to deregulate a GMO apple was bad luck for growers and consumers. You could almost see the black cat crossing America’s orchards.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it would deregulate two apple varieties genetically engineered to resist [...]

  • Stark Bro’s testing new apple Scarlet Star

Stark Bro’s testing new apple Scarlet Star

  • February 13th, 2015

Stark Bro’s Nurseries and Orchards Company is testing a new apple, named Scarlet Star, that was discovered as a whole-tree mutation in an orchard in Howard City, Michigan.

It was found about six years ago by Wayne Watts, who owns the orchard and farm market where it was discovered. He’s [...]

  • WSU’s Tim Smith honored for 40 years of distinguished service

WSU’s Tim Smith honored for 40 years of distinguished service

  • December 4th, 2014

Washington State University extension specialist Tim Smith has received the inaugural Washington Tree Fruit Distinguished Service Award for his significant contributions to the industry during his 40 years with Extension.

Three former WSU extension agents who worked alongside Smith—Dr. Mike Willett, Paul Tvergyak, and Brooke Peterson—presented the award during the [...]

  • Distinguished Service Award: Harold Thome

Distinguished Service Award: Harold Thome

Harold Thome is old enough to remember his dad packing apples into barrels for shipment to Chicago 200 miles away.

But remembering doesn’t make him nostalgic for the old days.

Thome, 82, has a thoroughly modern apple growing operation located on Fruit Ridge near Conklin seven miles north of Grand Rapids, [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 2014 Silver Apple Award goes to Jerry Haak

2014 Silver Apple Award goes to Jerry Haak

  • November 28th, 2014
Jerry Haak had a passion for growing fruit and finding better ways to do it. He used cutting-edge techniques not only to increase his yields, but to produce higher quality fruit and use labor more efficiently.
  • New tree fruit association will expand services

New tree fruit association will expand services

  • November 28th, 2014
The new Washington Tree Fruit Association plans to expand its services to the industry, says President Jon DeVaney, who will be busy working on legislative affairs in the state capital of Olympia in the coming session.
  • 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.