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

  • Red-fleshed apples

Red-fleshed apples

  • January 15th, 2013

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

  • Birth of the Washivores

Birth of the Washivores

  • January 15th, 2013

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

  • End of the line

End of the line

  • January 15th, 2013

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

Ag groups united

  • January 15th, 2013

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 [...]

IS Early Robin too red?

  • January 15th, 2013

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, [...]

  • The Top 5

The Top 5

  • January 15th, 2013

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 [...]

  • Spooked by the weather

Spooked by the weather

  • January 15th, 2013

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 [...]

  • Quick Bites

Quick Bites

  • January 15th, 2013

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

  • Predicting problems

Predicting problems

  • January 15th, 2013

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

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • January 15th, 2013

1.    Which of the following is not a tree fruit disease?
a.    Black rot
b.    Blue mold
c.    White rot
d.    Pink rot
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  • Honeycrisp challenges packers

Honeycrisp challenges packers

  • January 15th, 2013

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 [...]

Good to Go

  • January 15th, 2013

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 [...]

Defect sorting could reduce costs

  • January 15th, 2013

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 [...]

Good Stuff

  • January 15th, 2013

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 [...]

  • Cider squeezing with the dragon

Cider squeezing with the dragon

  • January 15th, 2013

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 [...]

  • Auction benefits research

Auction benefits research

  • January 15th, 2013

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 [...]

  • Ladders on the run

Ladders on the run

  • January 15th, 2013

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 [...]

  • Wine Wheel of Fortune

Wine Wheel of Fortune

  • January 15th, 2013

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 [...]