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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  • 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. [...]

  • A flair for selling fruit

A flair for selling fruit

  • February 15th, 2012

Left: Sidney Kuhn, 32, owns the direct marketing arm of Kuhn Orchards. Right: David Wenk and uncle carry on the family farm that dates to 1796. Richard Lehnert Sidney Kuhn and Ben Wenk are neighbors, as the crow flies, but they’re 15 miles [...]

New fungicides benefit from lessons of Benlate

  • February 15th, 2012

Fruit growers will have new fungicides this year to help manage diseases as diverse as leaf spot in cherries, scab in apples, and brown rot and scab on peaches.      The new materials are so-called second-­generation succinate dehydrogenase inhibitors (SDHI), similar in action to boscalid, one [...]

  • New generation  finds marketing niche

New generation finds marketing niche

  • February 15th, 2012

Sidney, left, her father David, and Katy Lesser Clowney sort apples that have come back from the market unsold. They may go to Knouse Foods, the cider mill, or into the cull bin. Richard Lehnert Before joining the family business at Cashtown, Pennsylvania, Sidney Kuhn [...]

  • Retail is cool

Retail is cool

  • February 15th, 2012

Ben, 26, carries on the transition from growing fruit for processing to growing fruit for retail sales Richard Lehnert What Ben Wenk is building on has been a long time in the making.     His father, Dave, came back to the family business [...]

Cherry marketing order passes

  • February 1st, 2012

Washington State sweet cherry growers voted to continue the federal marketing order that regulates sweet cherries.  During the referendum held in November, 92 percent of eligible growers who voted, representing 82 percent of the participating volume, favored continuing the marketing order that was established in 1957. A referendum is [...]

  • In The Box

In The Box

  • February 1st, 2012

Brothers Mark, Ted, David, and John Rice were named Good Fruit Growers of the Year for 2011. They are the seventh generation of the family to grow apples in Adams County, Pennsylvania.

More acclaim for the Rice family
Dear Good Fruit Grower:

I could not agree with you more in choosing [...]

  • Honoree is a survivor

Honoree is a survivor

  • February 1st, 2012

Rob Andrews, holding what was once a Merlot vine, said they wasted no time reworking their Merlot blocks, which were hit hardest by the November 2010 freeze. By October, suckers had already been retrained up to the wire.

In a normal year, trying to catch Rob Andrews in the thick [...]

Good Job

  • February 1st, 2012

Lewis receives Latino award
Karen Lewis, Washington State University tree fruit regional extension specialist, has been honored with the first annual Latino Leadership Award from the Washington State Horticultural Association.

The award was established at the suggestion of retiring association president West Mathison to recognize Latino people working in the [...]