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The Big Issue

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  • Last Bite — Granny’s legacy

Last Bite — Granny’s legacy

  • December 1st, 2011

The spur-type Granny Smiths Granspur and Greenspur were discovered at the Calvin Cooper orchard at Brewster, Washington, and patented in 1979 and 1980 respectively. [...]

  • Jones of Washington

Jones of Washington

  • December 1st, 2011

Jack, left, and Greg Jones moved the Jones of Washington winery from Quincy to the J & S Crushing facility in Mattawa in 2008.

Don’t [...]

Good Stuff

  • December 1st, 2011

Ty Snyder promoted
C & O Nursery of Wenatchee, Washington, has promoted Ty Snyder to the position of orchard manager. Snyder has worked at [...]

Cold hardiness

  • December 1st, 2011

A new cold hardiness tool is available just in time for winter for Washington State grape growers through AgWeatherNet, a statewide databank of [...]

  • Nothing average about Jones

Nothing average about Jones

  • December 1st, 2011


The tasting room for Jones of Washington wines has no Mediterranean architecture, marble floor, or exquisite wood for the tasting bar, nor expansive windows [...]

Spraying with sprinklers

  • December 1st, 2011

On a cold rainy day with apple scab threatening, wouldn’t it be nice to push a button labeled “Fungicide” and let the orchard spray [...]

  • Self-rooted trees cut costs

Self-rooted trees cut costs

  • December 1st, 2011

This is not a story out of a horticultural book of fables. It is a story to ruffle your imagination.

While the search goes on [...]

  • Organic proves productive

Organic proves productive

  • December 1st, 2011

Peter Hall explains how the Exosex mating disruption system works. Pheromone lures and pheromone-impregnated powder are placed in dispensers on a 20-meter [...]

  • Making wines in a big way

Making wines in a big way

  • December 1st, 2011

Pinot Grigio grapes are being crushed. White and red grapes are received and crushed in separate areas at J & S Crushing.
Melissa Hansen

Doing [...]

  • Pest help at your fingertips

Pest help at your fingertips

  • December 1st, 2011

Andy Kahn can use his iPhone to access WSU’s Decision Aid System, which automatically uploads weather data from the AgWeatherNet and provides pest predictions [...]

  • Instant vineyard

Instant vineyard

  • December 1st, 2011

These “super big” vines were planted in an Oregon vineyard earlier this year.
Neil Hauff

Imagine the labor savings if you could plant and establish [...]

  • Markets shrink for upscale pear

Markets shrink for upscale pear

  • December 1st, 2011

Comice is the perfect pear for gift boxes, but the gift business has declined.
Courtesy Pear Bureau Northwest

Comice is sometimes referred to as the [...]

  • Mildew resistance quest continues

Mildew resistance quest continues

  • December 1st, 2011

Next year, Nnadozie Oraguzie will begin field testing a new generation of mildew-resistant sweet cherry selections as he works to combine disease resistance with [...]

  • Ready for mechanization

Ready for mechanization

  • December 1st, 2011

Qin Zhang explains during a WSU field day how he is working to improve the mechanical cherry harvester developed by USDA researcher [...]

Reinventing Comice

  • December 1st, 2011

During the Pear Bureau Northwest’s annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, last summer, its regional managers proposed ideas on how to strengthen demand for Comice [...]

  • $60-million boost

$60-million boost

  • December 1st, 2011

A mechanical harvester is part of a major research project relating to production and marketing of stem-free sweet cherries.

More than $60 million dollars in [...]

  • Krymsk rootstocks show advantages

Krymsk rootstocks show advantages

  • December 1st, 2011

Lynn Long (left) and grower Dave Meyer discuss pruning strategies in a block of fifth-leaf Chelan trees on the Krymsk 5 rootstock.
Geraldine Warner

The [...]

  • Four leaders better than one

Four leaders better than one

  • December 1st, 2011

Belgian horticulturist Tom Deckers discusses the pruning strategy for a four-leader system. Many pear-growing systems put too much energy into production of shoots, he [...]

  • Collaborative research

Collaborative research

  • December 1st, 2011

An autonomous vehicle is being developed as part of the project “Comprehensive automation for specialty crops.”

The last Farm Bill not only provided an unprecedented [...]

Platforms not widely used

  • December 1st, 2011

A recent survey of Washington State apple growers suggests that orchard platforms are not widely used there.

Just over 10 percent of respondents to a [...]

  • Working with less labor

Working with less labor

  • December 1st, 2011

Availability of labor will determine how quickly orchard automation is adopted, says Denny Hayden.

A widespread shortage of workers to harvest Washington State’s 2011 apple [...]

  • U.K. growers try to lower residues

U.K. growers try to lower residues

  • December 1st, 2011

Jerry Cross is in charge of entomology and plant pathology at East Malling Research, where trials to minimize residues on fruit were successful.
Geraldine [...]

  • Blossom thin peaches

Blossom thin peaches

  • December 1st, 2011

Katy Lesser Clowney, while working at the Adams County extension office, found the Darwin at a show in Europe and suggested it be tried [...]

  • Grape industry goes after viruses

Grape industry goes after viruses

  • December 1st, 2011

Grapevine leafroll disease is easy to diagnose in red varieties, like this Cabernet Sauvignon vine, but more difficult in white varieties where the only [...]

  • Research station has organic orchard

Research station has organic orchard

  • December 1st, 2011

Joe Nicholson of New York with a Rubinola tree that shows symptoms of sulfur intolerance.
Geraldine Warner

Britain has only about a dozen serious ­commercial [...]

  • Spray equipment still evolving

Spray equipment still evolving

  • December 1st, 2011

The Raven spray controller has brought major improvements to orchard spraying.
Courtesy Blueline Equipment

A major breakthrough in orchard spray technology in the last decade [...]

  • In The Box

In The Box

  • December 1st, 2011

Left: Northeast McIntosh, Courtesy Jon Clements. Center: October issue cover prompts firestorm of regional pride and competitiveness. Right: McIntosh grown in New Hampshire, courtesy [...]

  • Doubleday has broad interests

Doubleday has broad interests

  • December 1st, 2011

Oliver Doubleday tosses a Gala apple in the air as he explains that U.K. supermarkets don’t want large fruit.
Geraldine Warner

Dr. Oliver Doubleday, chair [...]

  • Precise IPM requires good data

Precise IPM requires good data

  • December 1st, 2011

This Washington State University weather station in Tonasket is part of the AgWeatherNet service, providing growers with detailed environmental data.
courtesy washington state university

More [...]

Focusing on tomorrow today

  • December 1st, 2011

Apple, pear, and walnut growers will have several opportunities this winter to learn how to take advantage of natural enemies in their orchards for [...]