A humble leader (Video)

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


  • WSU releases promising apple

WSU releases promising apple

  • April 1st, 2012

WSU’s newest variety, WA 38, is a cross of Enterprise and Honeycrisp.
Geraldine Warner

Washington State University has released a third apple ­variety and is discussing new ways to introduce this and future varieties to the state’s producers.

The latest release, WA 38, is a cross of Enterprise and Honeycrisp, and [...]

  • Eye-to-eye with consumers

Eye-to-eye with consumers

  • April 1st, 2012

The bin porch offers customers a wide choice, and they can buy any mixture at a fixed price for a full bag. On this day, there were 17 varieties of apples and pears for sale.
Richard Lehnert

What better way for a fruit grower to experience the true feel of [...]

  • Tree Fruit Day in Olympia

Tree Fruit Day in Olympia

  • March 1st, 2012

Hort president David Douglas, left, and Jennifer Armen discussed tree fruit interests with Senator Linda Evans-Parlette in her Olympia office.
Jim Black

Thirty tree fruit industry members converged on the Wash­ing­ton State legislature on January 31 to meet with 66 senators and representatives about issues of critical importance to our [...]

  • B.C. growers propose apple agency

B.C. growers propose apple agency

  • March 1st, 2012

Kirpal Boparai, president of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association, says his priority is to get money into growers’ pockets.
Terry Edwards

British Columbia, Canada, apple growers took an initial step towards establishing a national apple and promotion agency, and potential future regulated marketing, at the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association’s annual [...]

New pesticide safety guide released

  • March 1st, 2012

Many practical ideas to solve everyday problems with pesticide handling have been invented and used by growers throughout Washington State. The Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, known as PNASH, studied these farm-bred and tested ideas and put them together in a new guide called Practical ­Solutions for [...]

Cherry committee up for renewal

  • March 1st, 2012

Michigan tart cherry growers will cast mail-in ballots between March 12 and March 25 to determine whether the Michigan Cherry Committee, which is organized under Michigan law to operate a checkoff program and conduct research and promotion, will continue to operate for another five years.

The Michigan Cherry Committee is [...]

WSU recruiting

  • March 1st, 2012

Washington State University is beginning the hiring process for two new endowed position supported by the special assessment that apple and pear growers will begin paying this year through the ­Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission.

One position is an applied physiologist position, which will likely be based at WSU’s Tree Fruit [...]

  • Last Bite–From refugee to cherry breeder

Last Bite–From refugee to cherry breeder

  • March 1st, 2012

Dr. Charles Lapins selected the Lapins cherry more than 40 years ago.

Charles Lapins came to North America as a farm laborer after World War II, not suspecting that his name would ultimately be known to cherry growers the world over.

Lapins, whose real name was Karlis O. Lapins, grew up [...]

  • Parallel PEAKS

Parallel PEAKS

  • March 1st, 2012

Orchardist John McQuaig hopes hisbook will help people hold onto their dreams and keep heading upward in their business pursuits.
Geraldine Warner

Entrepreneur, orchardist, and mountaineer John McQuaig dreamed for years of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

He finally reached the false summit, Gilman’s Point, at an elevation of 18,651 feet, [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • February 15th, 2012

Tote bagger Graybill Machines, Inc., of Lititz, Pennsylvania, which specializes in designing and building automated machinery, has introduced the Graybill Apple Bagger, a packing-house machine that gently handles and fills 1,000 half-peck (five-pound) tote bags per hour. It is a compact, self-contained [...]

Access to China is near

  • February 15th, 2012

It’s been almost two decades since the U.S. pear industry began pushing for access to China, but it finally appears that the market might open during the 2012-2013 season. “This has been a long-term effort to gain access for pears,” noted Mark Powers, vice president at the [...]

  • Food alliance certifies eastern orchards

Food alliance certifies eastern orchards

  • February 15th, 2012

Last year, Three Springs Fruit Farm, operated by Dave, John, and Ben Wenk in Aspers, Pennsylvania, was certified by Food Alliance. An Oregon-based organization, Food Alliance provides third-party certification that sustainable agricultural and food handling practices are used in a farm’s operation. [...]