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