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New Varieties

Featured stories about apples, cherries and new varieties appear in this issue.

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More predictability with MCP needed

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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 feel

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Breeding focus turns to blush

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With most sweet cherries being medium to dark red, the chances of a breeder discovering a new blushed yellow cultivar might seem remote. But cherry

What is known about MCP

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More is known about treating Bartlett pears than d’Anjous, Bosc, or other varieties, says ­Welcome Sauer, president of AgroFresh, which markets SmartFresh.

In general:

• MCP-treated pears sold

Land-grant mission still relevant

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Dan Bernardo

Washington State apple, pear, and grape growers have agreed to tax themselves assessments to raise nearly $35 million to support future research and extension

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Good to Know–Assessing new cherry varieties

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As with much of the Pacific Northwest, the 2011 Oregon cherry harvest was far from ideal. A significant rain event late in the season destroyed

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The rush to redness

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David Bedford

Dr. David Bedford, the apple breeder at University of Minnesota where the original Honeycrisp was bred in 1961 and released as a commercial variety

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WA 2 update

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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 and

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New New York apples go in the ground this spring

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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 real names

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Dream blush cherry has dim future

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It was a dream of a cherry: Like Rainier, it was yellow, with an attractive red blush, but it matured earlier and was larger and

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A redder HONEYCRISP

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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 growers

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Last Bite–From Shangri-La

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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, lies the

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In the Box

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Now available online at www.goodfruit.com/Good-Fruit-Grower/April-15th-2012/ Get-the-most-out-of-glyphosate/

Why so BIG?
Dear Good Fruit Grower:

I own and operate a small orchard business. I love reading the articles from your

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Muscat, old but new

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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 snow,

Succession of cherries

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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 a

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Moscato madness

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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 four

World awaits B.C. cherries

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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 small,

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Muscat plantings on the rise

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Muscat grape varieties, the hottest selling wines in America, have also been the hottest selling grape nursery stock. And while there’s been an uptick in Muscat plantings in Washington State, in general, the state’s wine industry is taking a cautious approach to the latest wine fad.

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Land-grant pioneer

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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 that

Does MCP affect flavor?

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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 Sanchez,

Land-grant pride in Vermont

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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 Hampshire,

Saving resources

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Rod Grams obtained EQIP funding to upgrade his irrigation system, and is now using less water and fertilizer in his pear orchard.
PHOTO COURTESY OF NRCS

Rod

Pillars of agriculture

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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, rifle

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MCP results influenced by temperature

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Jim Mattheis

Many factors influence how SmartFresh (1-methylcyclopropene) works, which means that there are several potential tools that packers can use that will result in more

Grower patents new variety

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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 apple

Substitute for SweeTango

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Fred Wescott wanted to grow and market the apple that was later named SweeTango. He had anticipated that it would be an open release variety,

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DS 22 planned for this fall

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A new apple will debut in September (weather permitting), one that the breeder and marketer hope will become a signature apple of the upper Mississippi

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B.C. releases blush cherries

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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 difficulties