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