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Good Fruit Grower of the Year

Featured stories about the good fruit grower of the year appear in this issue.

Former attorney heads PICO

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John KingsmillBritish Columbia’s new apple and cherry varieties need to be released in a more coordinated fashion, with the involvement of growers, packers, and marketers,

Last Bite

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Ed Prentice and his younger brother Howard established Prentice Packing and Cold Storage Company in 1926 in Yakima, Washington. Organized primarily as a

Patents and trademarks

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The Plant Patent Act, enacted in 1930, was the first of its kind worldwide, Karen Hauda, attorney and advisor for the U.S. Patent and Trademark

In my view

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A colleague of mine recently shared a story with me about resistance to change. Dave was recalling a comment that he heard at a

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Aurora goes on the market

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Del Feigal, manager of Auvil Fruit Company’s ranch at Vantage, Washington, is testing the B.C. variety Aurora. The British Columbia apple

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Cherry double?

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European consumers buying cherries can choose many different varieties produced throughout the world. In the past, Germany, Italy, Spain, and

B.C. replant program extended

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British Columbia’s orchard replant program, originally scheduled to end in December 2006, has been extended for another year. The program provides partial funding to growers

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A passion for cherries

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Cherry grower Norm Gutzwiler of Malaga, Washington, has been named Good Fruit Grower of the Year for 2006. He received the award during

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The New Mantra: Demand

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 “Increase consumption” has been the mantra of the U.S. apple industry for many years. As producers feel the pressure of

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Fruit breeding in New Zealand

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Crispie, various pear crosses, Maxie. Ray Schmitten, a pear grower in Cashmere, Washington, reports on a study trip to New Zealand

Working for the industry’s good

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As well as working as a field horticulturist for more than 30 years and operating his own orchard, Good Fruit Grower of the Year Norm

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Commercializing new varieties

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Washington State University’s tree fruit breeding programs are still years away from commercially releasing new varieties, but WSU and industry

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Testing task for apple tasters

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Much as Bruce Barritt likes apples, the task he faces is daunting. Dr. Barritt is Washington State University’s apple breeder,

Six points to consider before varieties are released

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Six major points will need to be considered when new varieties are commercialized, says Washington State University apple breeder Dr. Bruce Barritt:1. Evaluate commercial potential.

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Unity is theme of industry summit

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Vicky Scharlau (left) of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers and Robin Pollard of the Washington Wine Commission are looking for industry

B.C. develops strategies for future success

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The British Columbia, Canada, tree fruit industry has hired a consultant to help producers position themselves to take advantage of changing industry conditions. As a

Go where the puck is going!

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Hockey star Wayne Gretzky has a simple explanation for his success: “I go where the puck is going.”Correct anticipation is a basic requirement in every

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The industry needs a new approach

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Solving the tree fruit industry’s problems will require brain power and market intelligence, agricultural economist Dr. Desmond O’Rourke believes. “You