First forecast of U.S. apple crop

  • August 1st, 2011

It takes true grit to try to assess the size and quality of the United States apple crop on the first day of summer, when the June drop still isn’t over and growers are ­making decisions about whether or not to thin one last time.

But each year, about 150 [...]

Pear assessments drop

  • July 1st, 2011

Pear growers in the Pacific Northwest will pay less money to the Pear Bureau Northwest for ­winter pear promotions in the coming season.

The Pear Bureau’s board of directors has reduced its assessment rate for winter pear promotions from 44 to 41 cents per box, reflecting the trend for producers [...]

Opportunities for cherry exports

  • July 1st, 2011

The Pacific Northwest cherry harvest is running later than usual this year, which could open up opportunities in export markets.

Because of a late spring, shipments were expected to peak after the Fourth of July weekend, which is a crucial time for cherry promotions and sales. However, the season has [...]

  • H-2A changes add cost, difficulty

H-2A changes add cost, difficulty

  • June 1st, 2011

The McDougall & Sons housing camps are made up of manufactured units for 12 people. This camp at Quincy, Washington, has 96 beds.
GERALDINE WARNER

An increase in the wage rate that employers must pay workers recruited through the H-2A guest-worker program will add well over $1 million to labor [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • June 1st, 2011

New spraying book
Dr. Andrew Landers’ new book Effective Vineyard Spraying is now available for purchase from Cornell University. Landers, who directs the application technology program at Cornell, has conducted sprayer workshops for growers from coast to coast. His practical guidebook is filled with suggestions to help growers save [...]

  • NY seeks marketing strategy

NY seeks marketing strategy

  • June 1st, 2011

Those new apples from New York are being prepared to come to market, with the first expected in quantity in direct farm markets in 2014 and in commercial markets in 2015 or 2016.

At least, that’s what’s envisioned in the overall plan that’s in the process of development. The apples [...]

  • Fungicide tools and resistance management guidelines

Fungicide tools and resistance management guidelines

  • May 15th, 2011

As of spring 2011, growers in eastern Washington have several new fungicides at their disposal for managing powdery mildew.

For cherry growers, new products include Adament ­(tebuconazole + trifloxystrobin), Quash (metconazole), and Unicorn (tebuconazole + sulfur).

Four new materials are available for grape growers: Adament, Inspire Super ­(difenoconazole + cyprodinil), Unicorn, [...]

British cherry breeding to continue

  • May 15th, 2011

Cherry breeding at East Malling Research Center in the United Kingdom will continue thanks to a three-way partnership involving East Malling Research, an international nursery group, and a produce marketing company.

Dr. Felicidad Fernández Fernández, plant breeder and molecular geneticist at East Malling Research, said that public funding for cherry [...]

Growers vote on special assessment

  • April 15th, 2011

Washington State tree fruit growers will be asked to pay a special research assessment to strengthen research and extension programs at Washington State University.

The university has launched a major fundraising campaign with a goal of raising a billion dollars overall to fund priority programs. Of the total, $42 million [...]

Root2Fruit group will request research funding

  • April 15th, 2011

A group of scientists from around the country aims to develop new tree fruit rootstocks for the tree fruit industry with the goal of increasing orchard profitability. The group, which calls itself Root2Fruit, plans to submit a proposal in 2012 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for funding through [...]

  • Clean plant center has new manager

Clean plant center has new manager

  • April 1st, 2011

James Susaimuthu inspects plant material in the Fruit Tree Clean Plant Center’s greenhouse.

One of the goals of Dr. James Susaimuthu, new program manager of the Fruit Tree Clean Plant Center, is to use his diagnostic skills to find ways to improve virus testing of plant material.

Susaimuthu, with a background [...]

Manager ready to tackle real problems

  • April 1st, 2011

Dr. James Susaimuthu, program manager of the Fruit Tree Clean Plant Center at Prosser, Washington, attended ­­college in India before coming to the United States and graduating with a doctorate in plant virology from the ­University of Arkansas.

In his role at the Fruit Tree Network, he sees opportunity to [...]