A humble leader (Video)

Throughout his career, WSU entomologist Jay Brunner has turned science into economic reality for Washington State tree fruit growers.

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  • Strange times

Strange times

  • November 1st, 2011

Robert Stearns of Kelowna is cutting his apple trees because he can’t afford to replant them.
Marc Arellano

During a scene in the film Strange Fruit: A Changing Landscape in the Central Okanagan, Canadian orchardist Robert Stearns struggles to contain his emotions as he explains why he is knocking over [...]

  • Trouble on the Double Z

Trouble on the Double Z

  • November 1st, 2011

Roxanne Bell photographs a Double Z ranch foreman who is peering through the steel fence—just feet from where it trails off to twisted strands of often-cut barbed wire.
Jim Black

Dan Bell and the other ranchers who reside along this country’s southern border likely see illegal immigration differently than many [...]

  • In The Box

In The Box

  • October 1st, 2011

Fruit fan Jesse James Botha enjoys reading the Good Fruit Grower at his grandfather’s home in South Africa.

Amy Botha of South Africa snapped this picture of her nine-month-old son Jesse James, who was evidently fascinated by the artwork on the cover of the August Good Fruit Grower.

She captured the [...]

  • Last Bite–Fuji, a world-class apple

Last Bite–Fuji, a world-class apple

  • October 1st, 2011

Fuji proved to be more difficult to grow and pack than Grady Auvil imagined. Fuji is in his right hand and Cameo in his left.

The late Grady Auvil, an orchardist at Orondo, Washington, was one of the state’s pioneers of Granny Smith, but it was Fuji, which came along [...]

  • Rood stays up-to-date

Rood stays up-to-date

  • September 1st, 2011

Many fruit growers know Paul Rood. The Covert, Michigan, fruit grower is a frequent traveler on International Fruit Tree Association trips, where his opinions are carefully presented and attentively listened to. He travels extensively to other scientific symposia as well, and he’s been all over the world.

His 125-acre farm [...]

  • Peach breeder Dick Okie retiring

Peach breeder Dick Okie retiring

  • August 1st, 2011

After 30 years breeding peaches for the South—15 in the Prince series alone—W.R. (Dick) Okie retired this year. He is still working until a successor is decided upon.
Courtesy of W.R. Okie

W.R. (Dick) Okie, the USDA-Agricultural Research Service’s stone fruit breeder in Byron, Georgia, for more than 30 years, [...]

  • Quality wine by the glass

Quality wine by the glass

  • August 1st, 2011

James Martin spent two years converting the ground flour of the old flour mill into a tasting room and production facility for Copa Di Vino wines. The milling machinery was left in place.

James Martin hopes to enhance the reputation of single-serving wine containers with his upscale product called Copa [...]

  • In the box

In the box

  • August 1st, 2011

Dawson Moore loves apples.

Apple fan
Dawson Moore, pictured on his first birthday last fall, just couldn’t wait until the day when he had enough teeth to bite into a delicious whole apple.

He was photographed at an orchard in Utah by a friend of his parents, Lance and Lynell Moore, [...]

  • Everything about PEACHES

Everything about PEACHES

  • July 1st, 2011

Desmond Layne’s work in peach cultivar evaluation means tasting a lot of peaches. “It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it,” he quips.
Richard Lehnert

Desmond Layne looks younger than he is, and he thinks young, too.

His goal is to use that modern information tool, the Internet, and [...]

Mr. Peach

  • July 1st, 2011

Chalmers Carr III is active in the South Carolina peach industry, as well as his own business. His efforts have been recognized by the South Carolina Peach Council, which this year named him Mr. Peach.

He’s been a leader in urging growers to become involved in genetic peach research initiatives [...]

  • Titan Farms

Titan Farms

  • July 1st, 2011

Amancio Palma, right, manages the huge crew of more than 400 H-2A workers who work in the peach orchards. With Chalmers Carr III, they look over peaches ripening in mid-May.
Richard Lehnert

When you have 4,900 acres of peaches and 600,000 trees to manage, how do you keep track of [...]

  • Apples for every taste

Apples for every taste

  • June 1st, 2011

As well as growing fresh apples, Jack Feil grows cider apples, including Hewes Crab, a variety that originated in Virginia around 300 years ago.

Jack Feil grows more than 200 different apple varieties at his orchard in East Wenatchee, Washington, but thinks that’s not enough. He wants to grow apples [...]