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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  • The big picture

The big picture

  • October 1st, 2011

When the U.S. Apple Association holds its annual marketing and outlook conference in Chicago in August, it’s an occasion to look at the big picture. Not only do the 300 or so apple growers, packers, and shippers evaluate the size and condition of the United States crop, they try [...]

More late cherries coming

  • October 1st, 2011

A new tree-fruit acreage survey in Washington State shows a decline in all tree fruits except cherries over the past five years, and suggests that the state will be harvesting more late-season cherries in the future.

The survey, compiled by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, shows that Washington has 234,000 [...]

  • Rood stays up-to-date

Rood stays up-to-date

  • September 1st, 2011

Many fruit growers know Paul Rood. The Covert, Michigan, fruit grower is a frequent traveler on International Fruit Tree Association trips, where his opinions are carefully presented and attentively listened to. He travels extensively to other scientific symposia as well, and he’s been all over the world.

His 125-acre farm [...]

  • Peach breeder Dick Okie retiring

Peach breeder Dick Okie retiring

  • August 1st, 2011

After 30 years breeding peaches for the South—15 in the Prince series alone—W.R. (Dick) Okie retired this year. He is still working until a successor is decided upon.
Courtesy of W.R. Okie

W.R. (Dick) Okie, the USDA-Agricultural Research Service’s stone fruit breeder in Byron, Georgia, for more than 30 years, [...]

  • Quality wine by the glass

Quality wine by the glass

  • August 1st, 2011

James Martin spent two years converting the ground flour of the old flour mill into a tasting room and production facility for Copa Di Vino wines. The milling machinery was left in place.

James Martin hopes to enhance the reputation of single-serving wine containers with his upscale product called Copa [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • August 1st, 2011

Jack Everhart, left, New Holland, Inc., congratulates John Riel, right, of Burrows Tractor.

Recognition for Burrows
The New Holland dealership Burrows Tractor, Inc., in Yakima, Washington, has earned membership to New Holland’s President’s Club in recognition of outstanding achievement in business facilities, management, sales, parts and service support, and customer [...]

  • In the box

In the box

  • August 1st, 2011

Dawson Moore loves apples.

Apple fan
Dawson Moore, pictured on his first birthday last fall, just couldn’t wait until the day when he had enough teeth to bite into a delicious whole apple.

He was photographed at an orchard in Utah by a friend of his parents, Lance and Lynell Moore, [...]

Special assessment would fund research

  • August 1st, 2011

A referendum will be held soon to find out if growers are willing to pay a special assessment to enhance tree fruit research at Washington State University.

The university has launched a major fundraising campaign to help strengthen priority programs and hopes to raise $42 million for tree fruit research.

The [...]

First forecast of U.S. apple crop

  • August 1st, 2011

It takes true grit to try to assess the size and quality of the United States apple crop on the first day of summer, when the June drop still isn’t over and growers are ­making decisions about whether or not to thin one last time.

But each year, about 150 [...]

  • Titan Farms

Titan Farms

  • July 1st, 2011

Amancio Palma, right, manages the huge crew of more than 400 H-2A workers who work in the peach orchards. With Chalmers Carr III, they look over peaches ripening in mid-May.
Richard Lehnert

When you have 4,900 acres of peaches and 600,000 trees to manage, how do you keep track of [...]

Pear assessments drop

  • July 1st, 2011

Pear growers in the Pacific Northwest will pay less money to the Pear Bureau Northwest for ­winter pear promotions in the coming season.

The Pear Bureau’s board of directors has reduced its assessment rate for winter pear promotions from 44 to 41 cents per box, reflecting the trend for producers [...]

Opportunities for cherry exports

  • July 1st, 2011

The Pacific Northwest cherry harvest is running later than usual this year, which could open up opportunities in export markets.

Because of a late spring, shipments were expected to peak after the Fourth of July weekend, which is a crucial time for cherry promotions and sales. However, the season has [...]