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Convention Special – The Big Issue

Featured stories about orchard economics, apples, cherries and blueberries appear in this issue.

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  • Newest AVA

Newest AVA

  • December 1st, 2012

Cameron Fries of White Heron Cellars was one of several who worked to create the new Ancient Lakes AVA.
Photo courtesy of White Heron [...]

Land is scarce and costly

  • December 1st, 2012

Farmland has become scarce and expensive as growers plow their profits back into their operations.

Tree fruit growers who have been making good profits in [...]

Nursery trees are selling fast

  • December 1st, 2012

Strong prices for apples during the past few seasons have prompted a spurt in orchard renewal and expansion, tree nurseries report. Demand for certain [...]

  • The best clone for Washington

The best clone for Washington

  • December 1st, 2012

Don’t get too hung up on planting the right clone, say two noted wine industry members from Washington State. Years of collecting wine grape [...]

  • Yields are critical

Yields are critical

  • December 1st, 2012

In economic study of the costs of establishing, producing, and packing Honeycrisp apples in Washington State underlines the importance of high yields.

Dr. Karina Gallardo, [...]

  • Cherry enterprise budgets available

Cherry enterprise budgets available

  • December 1st, 2012

Mike Omeg reminds growers not to get too hung up on the specifics.
Photo by Geraldine Warner

Oregon State University agricultural economists recently updated enterprise [...]

  • Not your typical nursery

Not your typical nursery

  • December 1st, 2012

Markus Freepons of Northwest Vinifera, showed his grape callusing pits during a field day held last August sponsored by the Washington Association of Wine [...]

Over-the-row research

  • December 1st, 2012

Research evaluating over-the-row tart cherry harvesting was funded in 2008 as a five-year project by USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics Information System.

Headed by Michigan [...]

  • Borton Fruit turns 100

Borton Fruit turns 100

  • December 1st, 2012

Members of the Borton family currently involved in the business are (left to right): Andy Birley (fourth generation), Katie (Borton) Birley (fourth), John Borton [...]

  • High-density economics

High-density economics

  • December 1st, 2012

Almost 20 years ago, horticulturists at Cornell University set out to develop a better orchard design and the economic data to show how it [...]

  • Salish launched in B.C.

Salish launched in B.C.

  • December 1st, 2012

Courtesy of Rich MacDonald (AAFC)

A new apple variety from British Columbia, Canada, called Salish was launched in the marketplace this fall under a new [...]

  • Last Bite: Cox pipped out by Gala

Last Bite: Cox pipped out by Gala

  • December 1st, 2012

Cox’s Orange Pippin is a firm, juicy, full-flavored apple with an orange-red skin and cream-colored flesh.
Photo by Jacqueline King, WSU

Cox’s Orange Pippin—Britain’s favorite [...]

Cherry economics

  • December 1st, 2012

Several new studies that look at the enterprise budgets of standard and high-density sweet cherry orchards and the economics of establishing a high-density sweet [...]

Blueberry grower tries new methods

  • December 1st, 2012

While Michigan is considered a natural for blueberry production because of the acid, sandy soils located in the moderated climate along Lake Michigan, Steve [...]

Farm labor solution critical

  • December 1st, 2012

Just before the November elections, there was a flurry of farm labor-related activity in Washington, D.C.

As it turns out, it had little to do [...]

Good Point

  • December 1st, 2012

As a tree fruit grower in Washington State, you are involved in a risky business. Some years the dice roll your way, some they [...]

Use AgProfit to customize data

  • December 1st, 2012

The high-density orchard establishment study and the enterprise budgets are designed to work with AgProfit, a computer software program developed by Oregon State University, [...]

  • Washington-Chile partnership

Washington-Chile partnership

  • December 1st, 2012

Washington State fruit growers and packers Gebbers Farms of Brewster and Chelan Fruit Cooperative have purchased a 50-percent stake in four fruit-producing companies in [...]

Organic trade association seeks input

  • December 1st, 2012

The Organic Trade Association is holding town-hall forums across the country to gather industry thoughts about the association’s proposal to establish a federal organic [...]

  • Red’s not dead

Red’s not dead

  • December 1st, 2012

Photo by Melissa Hansen

For the past 30 years, Red Delicious has been the poor relation of the apple family. Although all varieties of apples [...]

  • The dark side of Honeycrisp

The dark side of Honeycrisp

  • December 1st, 2012

Honeycrisp apples have outstanding flavor and texture, but the tree has a long list of characteristics that make it challenging, expensive, and frustrating to [...]

Cherry research needed

  • December 1st, 2012

Washington cherry and stone fruit growers will have another opportunity in the coming weeks to vote on a special assessment to fund research at [...]

  • Transition brings uncertainty

Transition brings uncertainty

  • December 1st, 2012

Kevin Moore
Courtesy of University of Missouri, Columbia

In a family farm business, there’s often the hope or expectation that the next generation will return [...]

  • Worried about labor

Worried about labor

  • December 1st, 2012

Steve Hunt, the incoming president of the Michigan State Horticultural Society, grows only one kind of fruit—blueberries—about 110 acres worth.

He’s been doing it for [...]

  • Cherries as berries

Cherries as berries

  • December 1st, 2012

The Korvan 7240 blueberry harvester was first demonstrated at the Clarksville Horticulture Experiment Station by Michigan State University’s team at the start of the [...]

Cost of growing Reds

  • December 1st, 2012

A new economic study from Washington State University estimates the variable costs  of producing Red Delicious in a mature orchard at $6,436 per acre [...]

  • The no-family dilemma

The no-family dilemma

  • December 1st, 2012

You’ve invested your life in building a vineyard, winery, or other agricultural enterprise, producing a high-quality product with a topnotch reputation. For some, the [...]

  • Blueberry explosion

Blueberry explosion

  • December 1st, 2012

The blueberry industry has had a growth curve that growers would love to see for any fruit.
From a relatively minor industry producing about [...]

The back story

  • December 1st, 2012

After the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and the breach of the Berlin Wall in 1989, countries like East Germany and Poland were [...]

Factors affecting profit

  • December 1st, 2012

Tree density has a highly significant positive effect on yield.
Tree density has a highly significant effect on trunk diameter.
Profitability increases with increasing [...]

Tips for succession planning

  • December 1st, 2012

Bob Betz and Steve Griessel offer these suggestions to growers, winemakers, and others involved in agriculture interested in developing a succession plan:
1. Plan [...]

  • Eradication not likely

Eradication not likely

  • December 1st, 2012

The light brown apple moth is about a quarter of an inch long.
PHOTO BY R. ANSON EAGLIN, USDA APHIS

State and federal officials, and [...]

  • How long can this last?

How long can this last?

  • December 1st, 2012

Consumer demand for Honeycrisp apples is so intense and the return so high that growers can afford to spend the additional time and money [...]

  • Prune for size

Prune for size

  • December 1st, 2012

Producing fruit today requires higher and higher degrees of innovation. Profit margins are small, and quality demands are high. Exact standards and specifications regarding [...]

  • Information is key

Information is key

  • December 1st, 2012

As incoming president of the Washington State Horticultural Association, Jeff Cleveringa hopes to strengthen the association’s role in keeping growers informed.

For over a century, [...]

  • New research orchard structures

New research orchard structures

  • December 1st, 2012

Cravo roof in a closed position.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CRAVO

New protected orchard structures were installed last spring at Michigan State University’s horticultural research station [...]