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Featured stories about marketing, apples, and industry appear in this issue.

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Understanding sustainability

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Warren Morgan, looking for a way to grow his own fertilizer in the orchard, is experimenting with a side-discharge mower to blow

Good Question

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We asked a number of growers across the nation to name the biggest challenge they face in the coming year and offer their solutions. Not

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A star is born

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The idea of making a movie about the life of Grady Auvil was hatched three years ago after Jamie Howell

Replacing methyl bromide

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A new soil fumigant was recently registered—the first new registration since methyl bromide was classified as an ozone-depleting substance and phased out. On the postharvest

Good Point

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It has never been more important that our U.S. apple industry have strong representation in both Washington State and Washington, D.C., where both domestic and

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Gee Whiz

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Jamie Howell works on the “Gee Whiz” soundtrack. Filmmakers Jamie Howell and Jeff Ostenson never met Grady Auvil, yet they

In My View

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This fall, Washington State’s apple and pear crops came in short. Spot labor shortages were reported throughout the season and throughout the state, but at

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Pink stink

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Many Washington apple producers are using the option of selling Cripps Pink apples without using the Pink Lady brand name.

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Winery hosts events year round

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Winners of the grape-stomping contest at Willamette Valley Vineyards go on to the world championship in California. There’s more to a

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Hypoallergenic apples

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The Santana variety, selected by Dutch researchers in 1978, is a cross of Elstar and Priscilla. Dutch researchers believe Santana, a

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Organic in Oregon

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Brother and sister Alex and Alison Sokol Blosser are both vice presidents in the family business, with Alex managing the vineyard and Alison

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Wake-up call for virus users

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Within a few days, an infected larva stops feeding, becomes sluggish, and discolors as its internal organs fill with virus. With

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Eco-friendly winery

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Brad Lange, left, and Aaron Lange stand at the crushing station of LangeTwins Winery. The new LangeTwins Winery, which opened for

How to be competitive

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What does it take to be a competitive grower? All will be revealed at a Washington State University Extension Fruit School on Competitive Orchard Systems

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Reverting to the wild side

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Once a winter-run creek, the Lange family returned the Gil Creek riparian area back to its native state. Before their restoration efforts, which

End of an era

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Citing philosophical differences, Mark Holtzinger, on November 30, left the company that his grandfather started almost 100 years ago, and where he was involved the

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Robotic pruner for grapes

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Image of a two-row robotic grape pruner under development by Vision Robotics. The same company working to develop robotic harvesters

Building industry muscle

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Mark Holtzinger steps into the top leadership position of a statewide tree fruit organization at a time when growers and packers are happy with the

Lodi Rules

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Years after the Lange family’s Gil Creek restoration project, which transformed a barren riparian area into a lake overflowing with fish, fowl, and other wildlife,

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Fast forward

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Dr. David Barrett (standing) is pictured with Florida grower Robert Dubrosky. Dr. David Barrett, professor at Franklin W. Olin College of

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Oregon grower employs harvest aids

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Harvesting aid in action at Oregon Heritage Farms. Fed up with labor issues, Oregon orchardist Robert McLennan, owner of Oregon Heritage

Apple rate increase goes to a vote

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The decision to increase Washington Apple Commission assessments by up to a penny per 40-pound box is now before the state’s apple growers. Ballots, mailed

Robots are getting closer

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A robotic apple picking system is beginning to take shape. Scientists from Vision Robotics Corporation of San Diego, California, were in Washington State in

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Whatever happened to… Apples to Japan

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Washington apple industry representatives in Japan in 1995 with a daruma doll. Daruma dolls are traditionally used as good luck symbols. People

Alternative yet to be approved

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Industry adoption of a controlled atmosphere and temperature treatment to replace postharvest methyl bromide fumigation faces commercialization hurdles as well as approval barriers by foreign