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Post-Harvest

Featured stories about the post-harvest cycle, including pre-season issues and news, appear in this issue.

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The future of Rainier cherries

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The blush color of Rainier cherries sets the fruit apart in the marketplace. But color is also one of the cherry’s biggest challenges. Consumers must

Defect sorting could reduce costs

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The Washington apple industry must be one of the few that puts every possible input into the product before throwing it away.

Paul Koch, general manager

IS Early Robin too red?

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The 2012 season marked the first time there was ­significant quantity of the early Rainier-type cherry Early Robin in the market, says Robert ­Kershaw, president

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Cider squeezing with the dragon

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Developers put some teeth into their apple press.
Photo courtesy of Anderson Island Historical Society

The humble potato harvester, developed in the 1950s to scoop potatoes from

Growers urged to make themselves heard

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Jon Wyss, government affairs analyst for Gebbers Farms, urges tree fruit growers to make their voices heard in the next few months by participating in

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Ladders on the run

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Photos courtesy of John Maher

It was the “elegant, gorgeous shape” of wooden orchard ladders that first struck artist John Maher.

As the concept took shape in

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Quick Bites

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British are Smitten
Prevar Limited has licensed the rights to grow, market, and sell the Smitten apple in the United Kingdom to Worldwide Fruit Limited and

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Wine Wheel of Fortune

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California is facing an emerging wine shortage, according to Stephens Moody with Turrentine Brokerage in Novato, California.

Turrentine, which handles bulk wines, grapes, and bottled wines,

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Last Bite

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1.    Which of the following is not a tree fruit disease?
a.    Black rot
b.    Blue mold
c.    White rot
d.    Pink rot
e.    Coral rot
f.    Gray mold
2.  

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Birth of the Washivores

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It all began over French fries. I was eating lunch with a group of professional women in Washington State. There was a university dean, a

Good to Go

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IPM academy focuses on shifting weather patterns
Michigan State University is offering fruit growers a two-day workshop that focuses on integrated pest management practices that will

Good Stuff

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Molded fruit
Chinese businessman Steven Ding is selling plastic molds that can transform round or pear-shaped fruit into weird and wonderful shapes while they’re growing on

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Auction benefits research

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Washington State’s wine industry will receive a big windfall this year when the Auction of Washington Wines contributes nearly $250,000 for grape and wine-related research

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Why it matters where you sell your grapes

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Colin Morrell

With 700 wineries in Washington State and numerous more in neighboring states, wine grape growers have plenty of options when considering where to sell

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Red-fleshed apples

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The red trait, which is common in crab apples and ornamentals, produces flesh colored anywhere from pink to deep red. Skin color and flesh color

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End of the line

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Growers Credit Corporation board members and staff leave their last board meeting. Pictured are (from left) Bob Petersen of Manson, Gary Roberts of Oroville, former

Ag groups united

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Tree fruit industry advocates believe the timing is right for Congress to pass an immigration reform bill. But it won’t come easy and will take

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The Top 5

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Is yours a family-first business or a business-first family?

Iowa farmer and author Jolene Brown explained the difference when she spoke at the Washington State Horticultural

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Spooked by the weather

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Most fruit growers have trouble accepting the idea that human-caused climate change is occurring. They prefer to think recent weather events are just part of

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Predicting problems

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Left: Dave Rudell checks stored Honeycrisp for development of scald at the USDA lab in Wenatchee. Later stages of soft scald (on the Honeycrisp) can

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Honeycrisp challenges packers

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As Washington’s Honeycrisp production increases, so does the need to store the variety for longer periods of time. Last fall, Washington harvested almost 5 million