Good Stuff

  • March 15th, 2011

Sweet success
A new series of scab-resistant apples called “Sweet Resistants” developed by the Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti (CIV) in Italy was among the ten finalists for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award during the Fruit Logistica trade fair in February. The five varieties in the series are Gaia, Gemini, Renoir, [...]

New food safety law could swallow GAP programs

  • March 1st, 2011

When provisions of the new food safety law (the ­American Food Safety Modernization Act) are implemented, Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certification ­programs should wither away, no longer needed.

But that’s not likely to happen soon, according to Phil Tocco, a Michigan State University Extension educator who advises fruit growers and [...]

  • Good Job

Good Job

  • March 1st, 2011

Jim and Rose King, at left, and John and Betsy King, right, pose with their award and the National Cherry Queen Maria LaCross, who hails from a tart cherry farm close to King Orchards.

Very Cherry Promotion Award
The National Cherry Festival Committee has awarded the Very Cherry Promotion Award [...]

Good Job

  • February 15th, 2011

John Carter crowned king
The Dalles, Oregon, cherry grower John Carter was named 2010 Cherry King during the annual Cherry Institute meeting held in Yakima, Washington. Carter was the 67th king to be crowned by the institute.

Rick Derrey, who presented the award, said that Carter’s interest and involvement in [...]

No apple releases imminent

  • February 15th, 2011

Washington State University’s apple breeder, Dr. Kate Evans, is not recommending that the university release another variety for at least a year or two.

The breeding program’s first variety, WA 2, was released in 2009, went into widescale evaluation a year ago, and can now be planted commercially. The second [...]

Quick Bites

  • February 1st, 2011

Pear committee nominations
Nominations for positions on the Processed Pear Committee will be accepted during upcoming fruit industry meetings.

Nominations for an Oregon handler position held by Doug Lowry (with Rob Peterson first alternate and Gary Wells second alternate) will be taken during the Hood River Grower-Shipper Association’s annual meeting [...]

  • Stepping aside

Stepping aside

  • February 1st, 2011

Tedd Wildman is busy loading grapes during harvest.

It would be easier to list the industry groups that Prosser, Washington’s Tedd Wildman has not been actively involved with than to list the ones he has chaired or served as an officer or board member.

In addition to serving as chair of [...]

  • Good Job

Good Job

  • February 1st, 2011

Michelle Moyer, the new viticultural extension specialist for Washington State, visits vineyards in Oppenheim, Germany.

New viticultural specialist hired
Michelle Moyer had a family nursery and landscape business waiting for her in Wisconsin, but instead chose viticulture while working on her master’s degree and doctorate at Cornell University. Moyer will [...]

Fumigation improves productivity

  • January 15th, 2011

Published January 15, 2011
Over the past 25 years, 130,000 acres of orchards have been replanted in Washington State, requiring a total investment of $1.7 billion, estimates Tim Smith, Washington State University Extension educator in north central Washington.

Sometimes, the trees grew well and recouped the investment, but occasionally they [...]

Good Job

  • January 1st, 2011

Silver Apple
Organic grower and consultant Dain Craver of Royal City received the Washington State Horticultural Association’s Silver Apple award.

Craver grew up in California. His father, a police officer and part-time actor, moved the family to Spokane, Washington, when Craver was young. After attending Washington State University, Craver got [...]

Economic outlook for tree fruit

  • January 1st, 2011

The economic outlook for the tree fruit­ ­industry in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest is quite good. This conclusion may surprise many readers accustomed to the steady stream of negative stories in the media. However, the reason for this optimism about the fruit industry is that it now [...]

Learn how to get paid

  • January 1st, 2011

Increasing numbers of growers are reporting difficulty in getting paid for their grapes, a result of the trickle effect that the down economy has had on the farm. To help growers improve their chances of payment, a series of “Getting Paid” seminars is planned in ­Washington State.

The first “Getting [...]