Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

The Optimal Orchard

Featured stories about the optimal orchard appear in this issue.

  • 20f6f010cfae4b3fdeb9986e2904531b.jpeg

Beefing up export efforts

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

In line with the renewed Washington Apple Commission mandate to focus efforts on international marketing, the commission this season is

  • 5a9ffc99db5c61b4a1e90bb026cf3415.jpeg

Finding knip trees

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Jim Swindeman would like to use knipboom trees for all of their plantings. It’s a no-brainer to plant knip-boom, highly feathered

  • 2591ed68ae3f22aa77d2007b35684aba.jpeg

Good Question – Economy

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

The Wall Street and subprime mortgage meltdown in October has touched nearly every American, resulting in tightening of credit, massive

  • 9ad25da41c307fa5bc90b85410e002c5.jpeg

Growing knips in New York

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

A few inches above the graft union on these Gala knipboom trees, you can see the heading cut made at 24 to 27

  • 8ec6d93a76d0f8bacc22f2942f237a03.jpeg

Packaging sells

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Researchers categorized wine bottle designs into five basic types (from left): contrasting, delicate, massive, natural, and nondescript. by Chelan David Over

  • 431fabfdfd74f7d8e3d3838715212ecf.jpeg

Buy now

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

If there’s a piece of equipment or software you’ve been thinking of buying or if you’ve been considering expanding your

  • 6d3924c3a8a4601582caceb16b446a56.jpeg

Feathered trees are profitable

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

This second-leaf Gala tree produced the equivalent of 300 bushels per acre. Does it pay to plant a more expensive, but

Expect tighter ag lending

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

How much credit do you really need? It’s a question lenders are asking growers after a year of strong growth in agricultural lending and

Good Point – Jim McFerson

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

How do we utilize science-based knowledge to implement horticultural practices, make proper management decisions, and develop the optimal orchard? This question never grows old, nor

Expanding exports

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

One of Todd Fryhover’s first tasks as president of the Washington Apple Commission is to figure out how to export a larger percentage of the

  • 60165845396f7c16fe22d415ab349ff4.jpeg

Avoid scion rooting

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

When establishing a high-density apple block, it’s best to plant the trees higher in the ground than you actually want

  • 51bfa1d6f18b6392f21060df6ec3514a.jpeg

A new chapter

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Sustainability still a major issue

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Though society’s concerns about sustainability are taking a back seat to the economic recession, sustainability will remain an important issue, says agricultural economist Dr. Des

WSU budget cuts

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

The roiling financial climate and statewide budget pressures could spell a busy season for the lobbyists and legislators guarding the Washington State wine industry’s interests.

  • 278801c4eb44079b0ee64145796bd926.jpeg

Increasing yields

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Growers around the world are working to increase apple orchard system efficiencies to improve profitability. While there are several ways

  • 32adeaf999019f66527a9ddc7c88ee0c.jpeg

Super-efficient picking system

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

This prototype of a self-propelled apple picking system (pictured from the front) has four tubes at the rear that transport apples from the

High union, more dwarfing

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Horticulturists recommend planting trees with the bud union well above the soil level to avoid scion rooting, but the higher the bud union, the

  • 792099de3f76ec2dbd46d222f615030f.jpeg

Sprayable film

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

In experiments in West Virginia, a kaolin particle film was tested as an alternative to a plastic mulch for promoting red color, with

  • 20648fddc9ae4479a9c2711c86cb1684.jpeg

Stone fruit planting slows

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Dennis Tarry and Robert Woolley of Dave Wilson Nursery report there is little interest from growers in replanting or new plantings of peaches,

Many doubt organic production is more economically stable.

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

The greatest challenge to organic farming is the high cost of inputs, a survey of Washington organic farmers shows. Also of concern are high labor

  • 4536919cdcfbdc07c17a67ac566cea45.jpeg

Highly feathered trees

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Thierry Ligonniere shows Neal Manly of Washington State, the high numbers of feathers on this knip tree. Unlike their counterparts in

  • b2d31e1009ba0f7c6d35fb15a43121f4.jpeg

Instant orchard

January 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Dominant side branches are not an issue in these Honeycrisp knip trees because the central leader dominance is well established. Knipboom