Featured stories about the post-harvest cycle, including pre-season issues and news, appear in this issue.
Family business consultant Jolene Brown
Is yours a family-first business or a business-first family?
Iowa farmer and author Jolene Brown explained the difference when she spoke [...]
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 [...]
Left: Dave Rudell checks stored Honeycrisp for development of scald at the USDA lab in Wenatchee. Later stages of soft scald (on the Honeycrisp) [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
Jon Wyss, government affairs analyst for Gebbers Farms, urges tree fruit growers to make their voices heard in the next few months by participating [...]
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 [...]
British are Smitten
Prevar Limited has licensed the rights to grow, market, and sell the Smitten apple in the United Kingdom to Worldwide Fruit [...]
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 [...]
1. Which of the following is not a tree fruit disease?
a. Black rot
b. Blue mold
c. White rot
d. Pink rot
Designed to appeal to Washingtonians, the Washivore concept challenges citizens to better know their own state’s edible products.
It all began over French fries. I [...]
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 [...]
Chinese businessman Steven Ding is selling plastic molds that can transform round or pear-shaped fruit into weird and wonderful shapes while they’re [...]
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 [...]
With 700 wineries in Washington State and numerous more in neighboring states, wine grape growers have plenty of options when considering where to [...]
The red trait, which is common in crab apples and ornamentals, produces flesh colored anywhere from pink to deep red. Skin color and flesh [...]
Growers Credit Corporation board members and staff leave their last board meeting. Pictured are (from left) Bob Petersen of Manson, Gary Roberts of Oroville, [...]
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 [...]