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Special Focus: California

Featured stories about California appear in this issue.

Last Bite

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Rumor has it there is also a Stars label although no one remembers seeing one.  Lloyd Garretson was one

California FOCUS

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California’s tree fruit industry, like other growing regions, has experienced a multitude of challenges in recent years, including smaller crops caused by wet weather and

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Growing high-density cherries

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This slender spindle orchard system produced high yields early in the orchard’s life because of minimal early pruning.There are many

Let there be light

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Some fruit-growing regions have big advantages over other areas, and one of those advantages is light, according to Dr. Dave Ferree, retired horticulturist at Ohio

In my view

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Recently, the newspaper carried an Associated Press story covering top concerns aired by Washington State potato growers and processors as they peered into the

First Bite

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California, with its moderate climate and water availability, has long been the fruit bowl of America, producing nearly all types of fruits imaginable. The

Evaluating Nondestructive Firmness Detectors for Pears

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 The firmness of pears is used as a harvest indicator and to help track ripening of the fruit in wholesale and retail operations. Firmness is

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Short trees reduce labor costs

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Photo, this page: Early variety peach trees at Enns Packing were mechanically topped after harvest (around the second week of June) and then

Impact on Trade

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 China’s consumption of apples and apple products exceeded 30 pounds per person in 2004 compared to U.S. consumption of 40 to 50 pounds per person

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South African growers preserve biodiversity

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A Delheim Wines vineyard at Klapmutskop Hill in South Africa’s Stellenbosch region. Delheim has committed all its acreage to the Biodiversity and Wine

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Research focuses on reducing growing costs

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Reducing grower inputs is an overriding theme for much of Dr. Scott Johnson’s stone fruit research at the University of California’s Kearney Agricultural Center.

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Change is constant, Hort president finds

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After last harvest, Blair Losvar pulled out all his remaining Red and Golden Delicious trees. In the past decade, he’s transformed his family’s 200-acre orchard

Short trees require more work up front

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Grower Paul Muradian has nearly ten years of experience with tight tree spacing and multiple leader orchard systems in peach and nectarine orchards. But though

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Similkameen leads in organic practices

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The Sterile Insect Release program has helped them achieve organic production, say Sally and Wilfrid Mennell. British Columbia’s Similkameen Valley touts

Improving efficiency in the vineyard

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What are grape growers doing to be more efficient and stay in business? Keith Oliver, manager at Olsen Brothers Farms in Prosser, Washington, said

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Prioritize vineyard expenditures

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Becoming more efficient is a mantra of agricultural producers as they struggle to survive. But increasing efficiency isn’t as easy

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To market, to market

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Red Globe peaches picked ripe from the tree at the Pipitone orchard. The odometer on Jerry Pipitone’s truck has clocked over

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Pedestrian orchards studied

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Pedestrian orchards offer potentially significant savings in labor costs for California’s stone fruit growers, but industry officials have never evaluated

Training trees to be short

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University of California Cooperative Extension’s Kevin Day, a proponent of growing shorter stone fruit trees, has helped numerous growers lower their tree height without diminishing