Featured stories about apples, cherries and new varieties appear in this issue.
At Michigan State University, “the pioneer land-grant university,” the pioneering spirit lives on, but it sometimes scares people, especially its most ardent supporters.
Some fear [...]
Washington State University’s first new apple variety, WA 2, is in its second season of intensive industry evaluation (Phase 3). As in 2010, horticultural [...]
A new apple will debut in September (weather permitting), one that the breeder and marketer hope will become a signature apple of the upper [...]
Many land-grant university campuses have a landmark building called Morrill Hall. There are Morrill Halls in New York, Tennessee, Nebraska, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New [...]
It was a dream of a cherry: Like Rainier, it was yellow, with an attractive red blush, but it matured earlier and was larger [...]
Cherry growers in British Columbia, Canada, have historically not been interested in blushed cherry varieties because of the fruit’s sensitivity to bruising and the [...]
American farmers can call up images from two very different historical threads when describing themselves.
Farmers are rugged individualists, pioneers who tackled the unfriendly frontier, [...]
Apricots are dried on a Hunza Valley rooftop.
On the flanks of the magnificent Karakoram mountain range, a jagged spine of 25,000-foot-high mountain spires, [...]
With most sweet cherries being medium to dark red, the chances of a breeder discovering a new blushed yellow cultivar might seem remote. But [...]
Muscat grapes are used in a variety of wine styles, from off-dry to sweet to dessert wines. These Muscat grapes, with their mantle of [...]
Washington State apple, pear, and grape growers have agreed to tax themselves assessments to raise nearly $35 million to support future research and [...]
The Moscato craze started with Gallo’s Barefoot Cellars, when it released a light, sweet wine in 2008. It’s been estimated that Gallo will produce [...]
Dr. David Bedford, the apple breeder at University of Minnesota where the original Honeycrisp was bred in 1961 and released as a commercial [...]
This is NY 1, the Honeycrisp-like grower-friendly apple. Commercial plantings began this spring.
Photo courtesy of Cornell University
Two new New York apples, still without [...]
A question that scientists say needs to be researched further is whether MCP (1-methylcyclopropene) affects the flavor and aroma of fruit after storage.
Dr. Enrique [...]
PHOTO BY RICHARD LEHNERT
New sports of popular apples—especially if they’re redder—always attract plenty of attention from growers.
So, you can imagine the kind of interest [...]
Rod Grams obtained EQIP funding to upgrade his irrigation system, and is now using less water and fertilizer in his pear orchard.
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Jake Gutzwiler said pear packers need to be able to use MCP accurately, effectively, and efficiently.
Fruit packers in Washington State say they’d like to [...]
Many factors influence how SmartFresh (1-methylcyclopropene) works, which means that there are several potential tools that packers can use that will result in [...]
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s fruit breeding program at Summerland, British Columbia, is expected to release a new cherry variety later this year. SPC136 is [...]
More is known about treating Bartlett pears than d’Anjous, Bosc, or other varieties, says Welcome Sauer, president of AgroFresh, which markets SmartFresh.
• MCP-treated pears [...]
Twenty-five years after starting an innocent project planting apple seeds from pomace left after cider making, Doug Shefelbine is finally being rewarded. Four new [...]
High quality, self-fertile cherry varieties developed in British Columbia, Canada, have become standards in the international cherry industry.
British Columbia’s own cherry industry is comparatively [...]
As with much of the Pacific Northwest, the 2011 Oregon cherry harvest was far from ideal. A significant rain event late in the season [...]
Fred Wescott wanted to grow and market the apple that was later named SweeTango. He had anticipated that it would be an open release [...]