Convention Special – The Big Issue
Featured stories about orchard economics, apples, cherries and blueberries appear in this issue.
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 [...]
Consumer demand for Honeycrisp apples is so intense and the return so high that growers can afford to spend the additional time and money [...]
Producing fruit today requires higher and higher degrees of innovation. Profit margins are small, and quality demands are high. Exact standards and specifications regarding [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
Beginning in late 2011 and continuing into 2012, there’s been increased real estate activity in the Pacific Northwest, driven by strong fruit prices and [...]
Cameron Fries of White Heron Cellars was one of several who worked to create the new Ancient Lakes AVA.
Photo courtesy of White Heron [...]
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 [...]
Strong prices for apples during the past few seasons have prompted a spurt in orchard renewal and expansion, tree nurseries report. Demand for certain [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
Markus Freepons of Northwest Vinifera, showed his grape callusing pits during a field day held last August sponsored by the Washington Association of Wine [...]
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 [...]
Members of the Borton family currently involved in the business are (left to right): Andy Birley (fourth generation), Katie (Borton) Birley (fourth), John Borton [...]
Almost 20 years ago, horticulturists at Cornell University set out to develop a better orchard design and the economic data to show how it [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
While Michigan is considered a natural for blueberry production because of the acid, sandy soils located in the moderated climate along Lake Michigan, Steve [...]
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 [...]
As a tree fruit grower in Washington State, you are involved in a risky business. Some years the dice roll your way, some they [...]
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 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 [...]
Adding new fuel to the growing fire over farm labor reform, the Government Accountability Office issued a report in September describing the H-2A program [...]
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 [...]
Planting a high-density cherry orchard, with its earlier production and potential for higher yields at maturity, is one of the options that growers should [...]
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 [...]
Honeycrisp apples have outstanding flavor and texture, but the tree has a long list of characteristics that make it challenging, expensive, and frustrating to [...]
Washington cherry and stone fruit growers will have another opportunity in the coming weeks to vote on a special assessment to fund research at [...]
Courtesy of University of Missouri, Columbia
In a family farm business, there’s often the hope or expectation that the next generation will return [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The blueberry industry has had a growth curve that growers would love to see for any fruit.
From a relatively minor industry producing about [...]
After the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and the breach of the Berlin Wall in 1989, countries like East Germany and Poland were [...]
Tree density has a highly significant positive effect on yield.
Tree density has a highly significant effect on trunk diameter.
Profitability increases with increasing [...]
Bob Betz and Steve Griessel offer these suggestions to growers, winemakers, and others involved in agriculture interested in developing a succession plan:
1. Plan [...]