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Harvest/Buyer’s Guide

Featured stories covering harvest and buyer’s guide appear in this issue.

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Twin leaders fill canopy quickly

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Ray Fuller (right) and Andrew Del Rosario discuss a twin-leader block that Fuller planted in 2008. The trees were whips, which he headed back at

First forecast of U.S. apple crop

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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

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Last Bite

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Elberta is not highly colored, but it has good flavor, bears dependably, and is widely adapted—traits the helped it dominate the peach industry for nearly

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Buy local gets a boost

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Many growers have children in school and have been frustrated that their taxes have been paying for apples from competitors for school lunch programs.

The “buy

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Multipurpose orchard cover

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Oregon State University Extension educator Lynn Long (right) asks partners Steve Agidius (left) and John Morton about the benefits of the Voen rain cover, which

MCP substitute studied

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Scientists at Washington State University have filed a patent application for a product that could be applied ­preharvest to pears to extend their storability as

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Peach breeder Dick Okie retiring

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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

What do consumers think of MCP?

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The Pear Bureau Northwest is planning a study to find out how well consumers like pears that have been treated with MCP (1-methylcyclopropene), which is

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Small nursery has depth of selection

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Jeff Sample has more than 70 grape selections of clones and varieties in his Terroir Nouveaux Nurseries in Sunnyside, Washington.
Melissa Hansen

Pinot Noir 106 is the

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In the box

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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

Tree fruit research is WSU priority

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The top tree fruit industry in the nation requires and deserves one of the nation’s elite research and education programs. When I arrived at Washington

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Portable residue detector invented

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Purdue University graduate student Santosh Soparawalla, left, and postdoctoral researcher Fatkhulla Tadjimukhamedov demonstrate a miniature mass spectrometer used to detect chemicals on store

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Horticulturist favors tall spindle

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Tall spindle plantings produce high early yields and are simple to train and prune.

There are numerous ways to grow apple trees, and many of them

Put us to work for you

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I am fortunate to travel the country meeting with apple growers, packers, and other USApple members, and hear firsthand the issues and challenges they are

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Apple selections evaluated for postharvest performance

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Starting about three weeks before anticipated harvest, fruit of each selection is tested weekly for starch conversion.
Washington Tree Fruit Research commission

The Washington State University apple

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What’s hot in grape varieties

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Jeff Sample has a small greenhouse that he uses to grow cuttings and increase the number of vines that he can plant from Foundation Plant

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Good Stuff

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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

Building a better fly trap

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The spotted wing drosophila is easy to catch using cheap and readily available baits.

Apple cider vinegar is being recommended for homemade traps in the Pacific

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Quality wine by the glass

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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

European rule takes the shine off apples

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The European Union is refusing to accept apples treated with a wax containing morpholine or other amines, which means U.S. packers exporting to Europe need

Problems with pear ripening

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The ripening inhibitor SmartFresh (MCP) holds promise for maintaining pear quality over a longer period of time and reducing disorders such as scald, but the

Special assessment would fund research

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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