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New Varieties

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

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  • Muscat plantings on the rise

Muscat plantings on the rise

  • June 1st, 2012
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.

Does MCP affect flavor?

  • June 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • A redder HONEYCRISP


  • June 1st, 2012


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 [...]

Saving resources

  • June 1st, 2012

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

  • In the Box

In the Box

  • June 1st, 2012

Now available online at 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 [...]

  • More predictability with MCP needed

More predictability with MCP needed

  • June 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • MCP results influenced by temperature

MCP results influenced by temperature

  • June 1st, 2012

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 [...]

Succession of cherries

  • June 1st, 2012

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 [...]

What is known about MCP

  • June 1st, 2012

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 [...]

Grower patents new variety

  • June 1st, 2012

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 [...]

World awaits B.C. cherries

  • June 1st, 2012

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 [...]

Substitute for SweeTango

  • June 1st, 2012

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

  • Land-grant pioneer

Land-grant pioneer

  • June 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • WA 2 update

WA 2 update

  • June 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • DS 22 planned for this fall

DS 22 planned for this fall

  • June 1st, 2012

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

Land-grant pride in Vermont

  • June 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • B.C. releases blush cherries

B.C. releases blush cherries

  • June 1st, 2012

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 [...]

Pillars of agriculture

  • June 1st, 2012

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, [...]

  • Last Bite–From Shangri-La

Last Bite–From Shangri-La

  • June 1st, 2012

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, [...]

  • Breeding focus turns to blush

Breeding focus turns to blush

  • June 1st, 2012

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, old but new

Muscat, old but new

  • June 1st, 2012

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 [...]

Land-grant mission still relevant

  • June 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Moscato madness

Moscato madness

  • June 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • The rush to redness

The rush to redness

  • June 1st, 2012

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 [...]