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Good Fruit Growers of the Year

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

First Bite

  • January 1st, 2008

As I look out my office window at another December snow flurry, I find myself looking forward to a winter’s worth of industry meetings [...]

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • January 1st, 2008

Mount Adams is on the left and Mount Rainier on the right in the distance. “G and I” stood for Grandview Inland [...]

Concentrate imports rise

  • January 1st, 2008

A shortage of processing apples has resulted in increased imports of Chinese apple juice concentrate into the United States. Tight supplies were reflected in [...]

  • Venturing into wine

Venturing into wine

  • January 1st, 2008

Mike Mrachek says their recent lease of a winery in Quincy, with 35 acres of wine grapes, is a perfect fit because [...]

  • Opportunity keeps knocking

Opportunity keeps knocking

  • January 1st, 2008

Laura and Mike Mrachek on Jumpoff Joe Ridge near Malaga, Washington. Cherry, apple, and wine grape acreage at three [...]

Hotter weather, less color

  • January 1st, 2008

Warmer minimum temperatures in Washington State and other northern states could translate into less color development for red grape varieties and other crops like [...]

  • Tannin varies by region

Tannin varies by region

  • January 1st, 2008

Samples will be made into wine to compare differences between Merlot grown on rootstocks and own-rooted vines. Dr. James Harbertson’s [...]

Antioxidants at every meal

  • January 1st, 2008

Many fruits, such as cherries, blueberries, and plums, contain high levels of antioxidants, but not all are absorbed in the same way into the [...]

Solar lags in Washington State

  • January 1st, 2008

Despite abundant sunshine in eastern Washington, few businesses are adopting solar energy projects, though the interest is there, says an electric cooperative –representative. [...]

Year-end wine review

  • January 1st, 2008

Wine grape growers should meet annually with their winemakers to review the year and discuss wine grape quality, says Dr. James Harbertson, Washington State [...]

  • The California solar rush

The California solar rush

  • January 1st, 2008

Photovoltaic panels are positioned on the rooftop of organic produce marketer CF Fresh to put sunshine to work. In what [...]

Chile is the most competitive

  • January 1st, 2008

The United States ranks fifth out of 28 apple-producing countries in terms of international competitiveness, according to data compiled by agricultural economist Dr. Des [...]

  • Leading Lady

Leading Lady

  • January 1st, 2008

Laura Mrachek oversees the operations of Cascade Analytical in Wenatchee and its Yakima branch. The labs provide agricultural and environmental testing services. [...]

Apple Lines

  • January 1st, 2008

With the 2007 crop numbers fresh in our minds, why would the Washington Apple Commission be looking ahead to the 2008 crop? [...]