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

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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 [...]

Canned pear assessment drops

  • July 1st, 2012

Northwest pear growers will pay a reduced assessment on canned pears in the coming season. The rate will drop from $7.33 per ton to $7.00 per ton.

The new rate was approved at the annual meeting of the Processed Pear Committee in Portland on May 30. The rate includes $5.50 [...]

  • Canadians will reduce pressure to eliminate plum pox

Canadians will reduce pressure to eliminate plum pox

  • July 1st, 2012

In the “usual” journalistic process, reporters find expert sources and ask questions, then ask additional questions as the answers dictate. This process did not work in developing this article.

On both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border, phone calls directed to knowledgeable horticulturists involved in the plum pox programs were shunted [...]

  • Truitt Brothers helps consolidate pear processing

Truitt Brothers helps consolidate pear processing

  • July 1st, 2012

After almost 40 years as a major pear canner, Truitt Brothers of Salem, Oregon, is “bowing out” of the business in order to help the industry consolidate.

The company is no longer processing pears, and its 50 growers will instead take their fruit to Northwest Packing Company (part of the [...]

  • Land-grant pioneer

Land-grant pioneer

  • June 1st, 2012

At Michigan State University, “the pioneer land-grant university,” the pioneering spirit lives on, but it sometimes scares people, especially its most ardent supporters.

Some fear that the strongest land-grant feature—its agricultural character—will die out, buried by law schools, business schools, and medical schools doing cancer research.

As evidence, they can point [...]

Land-grant pride in Vermont

  • June 1st, 2012

Many land-grant university campuses have a ­landmark building called Morrill Hall. There are Morrill Halls in New York, Tennessee, Nebraska, ­Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Michigan, and elsewhere.

But the one in which Thomas Vogelmann has his office is special. It’s the one on the campus of the University of [...]

Pillars of agriculture

  • June 1st, 2012

American farmers can call up images from two very different historical threads when describing themselves.

Farmers are rugged individualists, pioneers who tackled the unfriendly frontier, rifle in one hand, guiding the plow with the other, spouse and children all pitching in to convert the hostile landscape into productive fields that [...]

  • WA 2 update

WA 2 update

  • June 1st, 2012

Washington State University’s first new apple variety, WA 2, is in its second season of intensive industry evaluation (Phase 3). As in 2010, horticultural and storage performance was evaluated in the 2011 season, while the remaining fruit was used for packing-line tests, industry sampling, and market testing. In addition, [...]

  • Muscat plantings on the rise

Muscat plantings on the rise

  • June 1st, 2012
Muscat grape varieties, the hottest selling wines in America, have also been the hottest selling grape nursery stock. And while there’s been an uptick in Muscat plantings in Washington State, in general, the state’s wine industry is taking a cautious approach to the latest wine fad.
  • B.C. releases blush cherries

B.C. releases blush cherries

  • June 1st, 2012

Cherry growers in British Columbia, Canada, have historically not been interested in blushed cherry varieties because of the fruit’s sensitivity to bruising and the difficulties of growing and packing it. In fact, it’s estimated that only 25 acres of the province’s 4,500 acres of cherries are blush varieties.
But [...]

Succession of cherries

  • June 1st, 2012

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s fruit breeding program at Summerland, British Columbia, is expected to release a new cherry variety later this year. SPC136  is a midseason red cherry that is said to be big (9.5 to 8.5 row) with excellent flavor and storage potential.

Cherry varieties released by the breeding [...]

  • Sustainable program for wineries launched

Sustainable program for wineries launched

  • May 15th, 2012

Wine bottle corks are repurposed as mulch, an example of sustainable practices implemented at Snoqualmie Vineyards winery.
Photo courtesy of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Winerywise, the free, online guide to ­sustainable winemaking and winery practices developed for Washington State’s wine industry, is ready for use.

Educational outreach sessions are planned for [...]