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Good Fruit Growers of the Year

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

How to choose the variety

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This is the first of a series of articles covering all aspects of planning and establishing a competitive orchard.

When planning a new orchard, first of

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Farmworker housing loans funded

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An example of farmworker housing that was built with a loan from Washington State’s Farmworker Housing Infrastructure Program.

The popular zero- and low-interest loan program for

A new game

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New apple varieties from Washington State University’s breeding program present opportunities for the state’s growers, said Tom Auvil, research horticulturist with the Washington Tree Fruit

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Current planting trends

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Golden Delicious plantings have dropped to their lowest level in 25 years.

Fuji has replaced Gala as the most popular variety to plant in Washington. Around

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Vineland seeks self-sufficiency

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Paul Truscott, business development manager at the Vineland research station in Ontario, Canada.

Research is costly with little chance of a direct, let alone immediate, payoff.

Argentine cherry

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Argentina, the second-largest country in South America, has a small but expanding cherry industry. Around half of the countrys 7,000 acres of cherry orchards are

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Climate forecasting

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In April 2007, a freeze hit when many plant species, such as these Bradford pears in North Carolina, were weeks ahead in their life cycles

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Service is an education

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im and Rena Doornink of Parker, Washington, have been named Good Fruit Growers of the Year for 2009 by Good Fruit Grower magazine.

The award is

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Strategies for Success

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Jim and Rena Doornink planted this block of Jazz apples last spring. Jazz will fill a gap in their harvest schedule between Honeycrisp and Fuji,

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Housing loan requirements

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Loans from the Washington State Department of Commerce have funded a variety of housing styles for seasonal farmworkers, including these manufactured units.

Washington State provides low-

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Last Bite

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Perham Fruit Company used these five labels during the 1920s and 1930s.

Some of the most beautiful and sought-after fruit labels that collectors desire are the

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The race to market

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A group of more than 30 cherry growers and horticulturists from around the world took part in a recent tour in Argentina and Chile organized

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IFTA returns to its beginnings

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The IFTA annual conference will include field visits of different orchard training systems, such as these Gala apples grown on a tall spindle.

Phil Schwallier, Michigan

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Weather affects grape crops

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These Concord grapes near Quincy, Washington, were hit by the early October freeze and left unharvested.

Weather adversely affected the 2009 juice and wine grape crops

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Family branches into organics

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Alberto Carleti planted this hillside orchard after seeing orchards in Sunnyside, Washington.

Argentine cherry grower Alberto Carleti partnered with a friend in Washington State to establish

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Marketing maraschinos

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Chopped maraschino cherries destined for ice cream manufacturers.

As well as being a major producer and exporter of fresh fruit, Carleti S.A. owns the largest cherry

Quality starts with the vine

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For more than 30 years, Jim Holmes has worked to better manage his vineyard canopy by following the advice of consultants and trying different training