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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  • Outlook improves for N.C. growers

Outlook improves for N.C. growers

  • January 15th, 2012

It took some land leveling to make a place for the Apple Wedge packing house.
Richard Lehnert

The view from the high hill behind the packing shed at Apple Wedge Packing is worth climbing to see. Until two years ago, stunning views like that were one of the reasons owner [...]

  • In the box

In the box

  • January 15th, 2012

Good Fruit Growers of the Year
Dear Good Fruit Grower:

For some in Washington State, the selection of the Rice family as the Good Fruit Grower magazine’s highest honor might come as a surprise in that they, first, are a fruit-­growing family outside of our state, and second, they do [...]

High-tech nursery launched

  • January 15th, 2012

Dr. Amit Dhingra, genomicist with Washington State University, has set up a new company to produce fruit varieties, rootstocks, and nursery trees faster and cheaper through tissue culture. In addition, the identities of the plants are guaranteed through high-resolution genetic ­fingerprinting.

The company, called Phytelligence, is a spinoff of WSU. [...]

Hort leaders discuss top issues of coming year

  • January 1st, 2012

David Douglas
President, Washington State Horticultural AssociationDavid Douglas, 37, works for the family growing and packing operation, Douglas Fruit Company, which is located in Pasco, Washington.

Douglas earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in business administration from the ­University of Washington. He manages the field staff, and [...]

Committee nominations

  • January 1st, 2012

Nominations for board positions with several Pacific Northwest fruit industry groups will be held during upcoming horticultural meetings.
Cherry Marketing Committee
Nominations for three grower positions in District 1 will be held during the North Central Washington Stone Fruit Day at the Wenatchee Convention Center on January 19. Current [...]

What changes will you make in 2012?

  • January 1st, 2012

Many growers, particularly on the West Coast, didn’t have enough workers to pick their fruit last fall. The new year has just begun, but already fears are surfacing about not finding enough workers for the next harvest.

Good Fruit Grower asked orchardists across the country about their work force plans [...]

  • Challenges lead to changes

Challenges lead to changes

  • January 1st, 2012

David Rice is president of Rice Fruit Company and manager of packing and storage operations.
Richard Lehnert

In recent years, Rice Fruit Company has responded to several challenges that have changed its ­operations significantly.

David Rice, the president and eldest of the four Rice brothers who now manage Rice Fruit ­Company, [...]

  • Quality fruit is Rice heritage

Quality fruit is Rice heritage

  • January 1st, 2012

Mark Rice chose to go with Kiku, a high quality Fuji fruit strain that is easier to grow than Honeycrisp but can sell at a similar price.
Richard Lehnert

Members of the Rice family are slow to return to the family ­business, says Mark Rice. They sometimes take long detours, [...]

  • Washington’s grape crop down in 2011

Washington’s grape crop down in 2011

  • January 1st, 2012

Concord yields varied widely last year, ranging from no crop to 20 tons per acre.
Suphasuk Pradubsuk

Washington State’s juice and wine grape crop will likely be the smallest since 2005 for wine grapes and 2004 for juice grapes, reports agricultural economist Trent Ball. Grapes got a double hit this [...]

  • The time is right

The time is right

  • January 1st, 2012

Lunch is often a Rice family affair, as several members work in the office or packing plant. From left are Rita Rice (married to Ben), Emily Rice-Townsend (daughter of David), Ted Rice, David Rice, Ben Rice (David’s son), John Rice, Mark Rice, Daniel Rice (son of Ted). John’s son [...]

  • Doubleday has broad interests

Doubleday has broad interests

  • December 1st, 2011

Oliver Doubleday tosses a Gala apple in the air as he explains that U.K. supermarkets don’t want large fruit.
Geraldine Warner

Dr. Oliver Doubleday, chair of East Malling Research for the past five years, has ­agricultural interests around the world, including a 4,500-acre estate in Kent, England.

Doubleday was a research [...]

Good Stuff

  • December 1st, 2011

Ty Snyder promoted
C & O Nursery of Wenatchee, Washington, has promoted Ty Snyder to the position of orchard manager. Snyder has worked at the nursery since 2006 and earned an associate degree in agriculture from Wenatchee Valley College. He is managing the company’s Rocky Reach and Grant Road [...]