A humble leader (Video)

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


  • Affecting lives through education

Affecting lives through education

  • October 1st, 2012

This year, the Washington Apple Education Foundation awarded scholarships worth a total of $475,000 to 187 students, but had to turn another 232 students away.

The foundation was formed in 1994 and is recognized as the charity of the state’s tree fruit industry. Its mission is to influence lives through [...]

  • Fireblight expert retires

Fireblight expert retires

  • October 1st, 2012

Larry Pusey has used crab apples for his fireblight studies, as they can be manipulated to bloom year round in the greenhouse.
Geraldine Warner

For almost 20 years, Dr. Larry Pusey has been focused on researching a single problem—­fireblight.

As Pusey, 60, retires this month as plant pathologist with the U.S. [...]

  • Looking for a bipartisan solution

Looking for a bipartisan solution

  • October 1st, 2012

Apple harvest season last year brought home to Dale Foreman just how important a reliable labor force was to his apple-growing operation. Some of his apples went unpicked because of a labor shortage in Washington State, and some were picked too late for best quality and ended up going [...]

  • Lake Chelan sparkles

Lake Chelan sparkles

  • September 1st, 2012

Julie Pittsinger checks on her four-year-old planting of Pinot Meunier, one of the grapes traditionally used to make Champagne.

Julie and Bret Pittsinger, owners of Karma Vineyards at Chelan, believe that the Lake Chelan area could become Washington State’s champagne-style wine region.

Chelan’s relatively cool climate is ideal for producing high-acid [...]

  • Good to know: WSU releases WA 38 apple

Good to know: WSU releases WA 38 apple

  • September 1st, 2012

The latest release from WSU, WA 38, is an eye-catching, large, dark red apple with a remarkably firm, crisp, and juicy texture. It also has exceptional flavor with ample sweetness and enough tartness to impart real character. When it comes to the combination of taste, texture, and beauty, WA [...]

  • Good to Know: A gem of a pear

Good to Know: A gem of a pear

  • September 1st, 2012

US 71655-014 has been tested in Hood River, Oregon, for ten years, and is expected to be released soon.

A new fireblight-resistant, European pear selection bred by Dr. Richard Bell at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia, is expected to be released soon. [...]

  • The Kings of Flint

The Kings of Flint

  • August 1st, 2012

Jacky and Dora King have been urban farmers for about six years. The six acres that they farm now contain two hoop-style greenhouses, vegetable gardens, and a 200-tree fruit orchard. The property used to hold a row of abandoned  houses and a commercial business that repaired cars, Dora King [...]

  • Urban orchards

Urban orchards

  • August 1st, 2012

For more than half a century, the great industrial cities of the northeastern United States have been decaying. From what used to be dynamic urban centers, people and industries have moved out, sprawling over adjacent farmland with homes, factories, roads, and shopping centers.

They leave behind abandoned houses and factories, [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • August 1st, 2012

New cherry sorters

Chelan Fruit Cooperative has about 600 year-round employees, but needs an additional 1,000 packing house workers during the cherry season. It installed a new cherry grader at its Brewster plant this season to reduce its labor needs.

After just a week of working with the new equipment, Rick [...]

  • Merging two cultures

Merging two cultures

  • July 1st, 2012

During the early cherry season, West Mathison, ­president of Stemilt Growers, Inc., Wenatchee, Washington, spends about half his time at the company’s California plant, where he sees plenty of familiar faces.

As the Pacific Northwest apple and pear packing season begins to wind down in the spring, the company sends [...]

  • In the Box

In the Box

  • July 1st, 2012

Dear Good Fruit Grower:
I just received the June 2012 issue. As always, lots of good and timely information included between the covers.

However, I’m hoping it was a gross oversight and not intentional that the individual in the cover photo is not identified by name. He obviously plays an [...]

Bob Koehler promoted by Pear Bureau

  • July 1st, 2012

The Pear Bureau Northwest has promoted Bob Koehler to lead regional marketing manager. In this new position, he will serve as the liaison between Kevin Moffitt, Pear Bureau president, and the regional managers in territories throughout the United States and Canada. He will lead the development of fresh pear [...]