Convention Special – The Big Issue
Featured stories about orchard economics, apples, cherries and blueberries appear in this issue.
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 [...]
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 [...]