The Next Decade
Featured stories about the next decade appear in this issue.
“If an apple were to explode like a hand grenade when it reached a stage of ripeness not permitting it to reach the consumer [...]
A decade ago, the western grape leafhopper was known to exist in British Columbia only on the east side of the Okanagan Valley, from [...]
One area of research that John Verbrugge thinks has been overlooked is field sorting of culls.
Verbrugge, new president of the Washington State Horticultural Association, [...]
The flood of new apple varieties will continue until the consumer is so confused about the Washington apple identity that they might turn to [...]
Predictions and promises are easy enough, as long as they’re vague. On the other hand, few people really remember the predictions, so why not [...]
When it comes to new varieties, John Rice predicts that in the next decade, most retailers will offer five main apple varieties year round—Gala, [...]
As the new president, John Verbrugge will lead Washington’s Horticultural Association into more involvement with state regulatory issues.
New Hort President John Verbrugge represents a [...]
Robots harvesting fruit, scientists creating the perfect apple trees in petri dishes, and a fruit industry run by conglomerates were just some of the [...]
Last winter’s cold damage has helped researchers and grape growers identify varieties that are best suited to British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.
Working with a handful [...]
A rack card developed by CMI tells consumers about the health benefits of eating apples, with a focus on fiber content.
If the Washington apple [...]
There are too many new apple varieties, says Polish orchardist Krzysztof Hermanowicz.
New market niches, more emphasis on eating quality, technological advances in the orchard, [...]
“Change is in the wind,” an article in the Good Fruit Grower declared in 1987, which was a year of milestones for the Washington [...]
These grapevines await their winter pruning. Mechanically pruning vines that have severe bud damage from cold may be a cost-effective option, says Vincor’s Frank [...]
With an office in Yakima, Washington, Wal-Mart plans to keep prices lower and buy directly from growers, cutting out the middleman, says a former [...]
Tree fruit packers believe that future technology will improve labor efficiencies while improving fruit quality
New technology will touch all areas of tree fruit production [...]
Dealing with rising temperatures may be a conundrum for fruit growers confronting climate change, but in Australia it’s been complicated by widespread drought since [...]
How new varieties will coexist with those that have already carved out shelf space is the million-dollar question.
The biggest change from a marketer’s standpoint [...]
A new interest in clones and lesser-known varieties will drive vineyard plantings in Washington State in the next ten years, say industry experts.
Limited retail [...]
Mason bee nests in the orchard of Robert Schreiber at Poysdorf, Austria, pictured during an International Fruit Tree Association tour
Growers should think not about [...]
WSU Extension educator Karen Lewis expects to see more technologies used in orchards to augment workers, in addition to platforms.
In the future, growers won’t [...]
These finished nursery trees will soon be harvested and prepared for later planting by growers.
With the proliferation of new tree fruit varieties released in [...]
Mike Omeg checks for beneficial insects in goldenrod plants in an insectary alongside a Regina cherry block. He’s watched by (from left) Drew Merritt [...]
Soft fruit breeder Ralph Scorza and colleagues developed this pitless plum.
Continuing budget constraints at U.S. universities will result in fewer scientists and less research [...]
Jobs in the tree fruit industry aren’t limited to the obvious ones of picking or packing fruit. That’s the message conveyed in a new [...]
Does attracting natural enemies to an orchard by planting a cover crop translate to better biological control of pests in the trees? Dr. David [...]
The recently planted WSU research orchard will allow study of planting designs for the future.
One of the new technologies Washington State University entomologist Dr. [...]
Tesco Nature’s Choice, British Retail Consortium, Safe Quality Food 1000 and 2000, U.S. Department of Agriculture GAP, Costco, Food Alliance, GlobalGAP, Primus, Protected [...]
Dr. Steve Fransen points out that the ladino clover had pink root nodules, indicating that it was fixing nitrogen.
As commercial nitrogen fertilizers become more [...]
Chuck Peters designed his new pear orchard with mechanization and new technologies in mind.
It might be possible to develop apples with yet-to-be-identified health benefits, [...]
A group of around 50 produce industry leaders are working on an effort to harmonize the various food-safety standards and audits that exist today [...]
As the Pacific Northwest sweet cherry industry moves toward larger crops in the future, it will take the industry working together to achieve success, [...]
Two decades ago, at a time when the industry had yet to produce more than 60 million boxes of apples and Red Delicious [...]
Cowin paid careful attention to marketing, and his high-quality fruit stood out in the marketplace.
In 1909-1910, Earle Cowin earned the distinction of being one [...]
Laura Mrachek works to make a difference in the tree fruit industry.
Laura Mrachek, retiring president of the Washington State Horticultural Association, likes change.
So, when [...]