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Summer Fruits & New Varieties

Featured stories about summer fruits and new varieties appear in this issue.

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WSU apple breeding program’s fruit evaluation system

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Members of the breeding program’s Industry Advisory Council visit a Phase 3 evaluation site at Quincy in 2010. They are: (from left) Dave Gleason, Kershaw

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H-2A provides dedicated workers

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Female H-2A workers do the sorting at Titan Farms, enforcing a high quality standard that assures loads won’t be rejected. Richard Lehnert

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Last Bite

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The Santa Rosa plum was the most widely grown plum in California until the mid-1970s.

The Santa Rosa plum, one of the most popular and widely

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Everything about PEACHES

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Desmond Layne’s work in peach cultivar evaluation means tasting a lot of peaches. “It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it,” he quips.
Richard

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Clemson peach team

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More peaches—about 17,000 acres— are grown in South Carolina than any other state east of California, and Clemson University, the ­land-grant university of South Carolina,

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Eastern U.S. wine industry gets lift

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Tony Wolf, center, is director of the Alson H. Smith, Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center, a 124-acre site in Winchester, Virginia, devoted to research

Good point

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This spring, the Social Security Administration reinstituted its annual reality check for employers, “SSN No-Match letters,” after a three-year hiatus.

I immediately received a call from

Fast, easy test reveals fungicide resistance

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When disease organisms become resistant to a fungicide, spraying is like hitting them with rainwater—expensive rainwater.

In the last three years, Georgia and South Carolina peach

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Virus-free peach trees

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Simon Scott moves plants at the Musser Fruit Research Farm’s greenhouse, where about 300 trees of a hundred low-chill cultivars will be grown.
Richard Lehnert

Until plum

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Peaches on ridges

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Impressed by early research results, Titan Farms planted 200 acres of peaches on ridges to try out this new approach to Armillaria root rot.
Richard Lehnert

Since

Mr. Peach

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Chalmers Carr III is active in the South Carolina peach industry, as well as his own business. His efforts have been recognized by the South

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Titan Farms

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Amancio Palma, right, manages the huge crew of more than 400 H-2A workers who work in the peach orchards. With Chalmers Carr III, they look

Pear assessments drop

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Pear growers in the Pacific Northwest will pay less money to the Pear Bureau Northwest for ­winter pear promotions in the coming season.

The Pear Bureau’s

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Malaysian labeling will be required

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Mark Powers is vice president of the Northwest Horticultural Council.
Jim Black

Fruit exporters should gear up to label cartons destined for Malaysia in the Bahasa Malaysia

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The end of earmarks?

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Earmarks are often considered equivalent to pork barrel legislation, but the two are not necessarily the same.

Over the years, agriculture—including the fruit industry—has benefited from

Opportunities for cherry exports

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The Pacific Northwest cherry harvest is running later than usual this year, which could open up opportunities in export markets.

Because of a late spring, shipments

Florida growers diversify with peaches

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Florida is known for several things, such as citrus production, Walt Disney World, and alligators, but less well known is that it has a growing