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New Varieties

Featured stories covering varieties appear in this issue.

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Peter Martini, Young Grower from Escalon, California

July 1st, 2014|0 Comments

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age / 37
crops / Peaches and almonds
title / Farm manager
business / Martini Farms, LLC. Peter is a third-generation farmer taking over the business from his

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Nurseries struggle to meet demand

June 18th, 2014|0 Comments

Growers are spending their profits on updating orchards.

Nurseries fund East Malling research

June 18th, 2014|0 Comments

INN will provide funding for rootstock development.

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Consumers rate Cosmic Crisp (WA 38)

June 18th, 2014|1 Comment

After the apples had been stored for several months, consumers preferred the taste and texture of WA 38 over Honeycrisp.

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Good, better, best? The quest for better apple rootstocks

June 18th, 2014|0 Comments

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There is likely not a “best” apple rootstock, though the replant-tolerant Geneva rootstocks (G.41, G.214, G.935, G.210, G.30, G.890) are much better than the available

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Building for the apple boom

June 17th, 2014|1 Comment

Washington’s apple production has ramped up faster than expected.

High demand for trees

June 17th, 2014|0 Comments

There seems to be no letup in growers’ desire to plant more apple trees.

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More varieties on the way

June 9th, 2014|0 Comments

Higher-quality apples should increase consumption and expand trade.

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Breeding becomes more efficient

June 9th, 2014|1 Comment

Genetic markers are available for predicting many fruit traits, but nothing can replace the human palate.

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Beyond Honeycrisp

June 5th, 2014|0 Comments

Several new varieties are coming to market with high expectations.

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Bill Schultz, Young Grower from Mattawan, Michigan

June 3rd, 2014|0 Comments

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age / 32
crops / apples, cherries, peaches, grapes, asparagus, and sweet corn
business / Schultz Fruitridge Farms, Inc. Bill works along with his parents and three

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SweeTango’s saga

May 29th, 2014|0 Comments

New apples don’t come with owner’s manuals.

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What a Gem! A pear that resists fire blight

May 29th, 2014|0 Comments

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Gem, a new fire blight-­resistant pear variety from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s breeding program, was officially released this spring.

The pear is medium sized with

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Leafroll virus is costly

May 29th, 2014|0 Comments

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Grapevine leafroll virus is very costly to growers, studies in major wine-grape-growing regions show.

Economists in New York, California, and New Zealand have looked at the

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What makes apple trees tick?

May 29th, 2014|1 Comment

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During his 40 years at Cornell University, Dr. Alan Lakso devised some oddly clever ways to figure out how fruit trees do the things they

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California nursery sales brisk

May 29th, 2014|0 Comments

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California tree fruit nurseries are as busy as ever. For apple tree sales, there seems to be no slowdown in the buying boom yet, though

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Geneva in Washington

May 29th, 2014|0 Comments

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Third-leaf Fuji on Malling 9 rootstock in unfumigated groundat Brewster, Washington. (Courtesy Tom Auvil)The following observations regarding replant-tolerant Geneva rootstocks have been made as a

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Club apples are in demand

May 19th, 2014|0 Comments

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Twenty years ago, Red Delicious apple production peaked in Washington at more than 60 million packed boxes. Just three varieties—Red and Golden Delicious and Granny

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Beyond Honeycrisp

May 19th, 2014|1 Comment

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A number of new varieties that are coming to market are being touted as being better than Honeycrisp.

Pazazz, a variety developed by Doug Shelfelbine in