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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Good to Go

  • August 1st, 2009

Honeybee health
Honeybee specialists and native pollinator experts from around the country will discuss bee health and disease research during the Western Apicultural Society’s annual conference in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, ­California, August 17-20.

Other topics will include: beekeeping with minimal chemical input, cooperative rearing of local honeybee stocks, identifying pollinators [...]

  • Wine with a cause

Wine with a cause

  • August 1st, 2009

Winery owners Stacy Lill (left) and Kathy Johanson provide mentoring and scholarships for young women.

The idea was hatched on Halloween night, 2006. Over dinner with their husbands, long-time pals Kathy Johanson and Stacy Lill decided to establish a winery for a good cause; specifically, to fund college scholarships for [...]

Quick Bites

  • August 1st, 2009

EQIP deadline
The Natural Resources Conservation Service has funds to help growers meet the cost of implementing conservation practices, including the installation of windbreaks and beneficial insect habitat plantings, updating an irrigation system, or for pest –management or nutrient management projects. The funds are offered through the federal Environmental [...]

  • Sweet Skylar Rae

Sweet Skylar Rae

  • August 1st, 2009

Skylar Rae cherries about a week before harvest. In tests, the soluble solids have been as high as 30° Brix.

If you were designing the perfect cherry, you might want one that looks similar to Rainier, but brighter colored. It would ripen a couple of weeks earlier, to get a [...]

Good Point – Larry Lutz

  • August 1st, 2009

So, this is where it all began—the North American apple industry, that is.

Apples have been grown in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley since the French explorer Samuel de Champlain first settled at what is now Annapolis Royal in 1605. This was the first permanent European settlement in North America north [...]

In the Box

  • July 1st, 2009

Dear Good Fruit Grower:

If Ben Mann (cover artist, June 2009 Good Fruit Grower) were working for me, he would be immediately given his final check and asked to not come back.

Perhaps, on a good day, I would first ask him to re-read our printed ladder safety manual, and give [...]

Northwest reports record cherry crop

  • July 1st, 2009

The first official estimate of the 2009 Northwest sweet cherry crop was a record 16 million boxes, which would be a significant jump from last year’s crop. As the season got under way, reports from horticulturists indicated that it could be as large as 18 million.

Representatives of the five [...]

  • Last Bite – An Apple A Day

Last Bite – An Apple A Day

  • July 1st, 2009

Wilbert “Bill” Hansen was an exception to the rule about many successful fruit industry people being born and raised in the Midwest, because Hansen grew up right in the Yakima Valley on a small hardscrabble farm near Harrah, Washington. Everyone in the family, including Bill, worked hard to make [...]

Research revealed

  • July 1st, 2009

Washington State University’s new research orchard needs industry support, says Dr. Jay Brunner.

Washington State University will hold a field day on July 22 to showcase its new research orchard located at Sunrise Lane between Wenatchee and Quincy.

WSU bought Sunrise Orchard in 2006 to replace the research blocks at the [...]

  • Big plans for WSU viticulture

Big plans for WSU viticulture

  • July 1st, 2009

Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling tasted wines produced from Puget Sound appellation grapes during a visit to Washington State University’s Northwest Research and Extension Center in Mt. Vernon.

On the job only a few months, Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling already has big plans for Washington State University’s viticulture and enology program.

The Good Fruit [...]

Canned pear assessment rises

  • July 1st, 2009

The promotional assessment on Pacific Northwest processed pears will increase from $5 to $7.11 per ton this season in an attempt to keep the Pacific Northwest Canned Pear Service functioning.

The volume of pears grown for processing has declined significantly over the past 15 years, B.J. Thurlby, manager of the [...]

Pear crop is large, but not a record

  • July 1st, 2009

Pacific Northwest pear growers are expecting to harvest a large, but not record winter pear crop this fall.

The industry’s first official crop estimate, compiled in late May, is for 14.75 million boxes of fresh winter pears, of which 10.4 million boxes should be d’Anjou pears. That’s an 11 percent [...]