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Apples

Featured stories about Apples and the new Yakima Valley AVA appear in this issue.

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AVAs get smaller

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In wine marketing, an appellation or American ­Viticultural Area (AVA) is a way to differentiate your wine from others and define its sense of place.

Apple variety network

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Variety and cultivar selection is the largest economic decision a grower can make when establishing a new high-density orchard block where a thousand trees or

FruiTrivia: Test your knowledge of fruit varieties

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1  Which of the following cherries is not an offspring of Van?
a.   Lapins
b.   Stella
c.   Summit
d.   Sweetheart
e.   Rainier

2  The Honeycrisp apple was bred in?
a.  1961
b.  1971
c.   1981
d.   1991

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B.C. growers hope for compensation

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A review of the Columbia River Treaty, which the United States and Canada entered in 1964, has British Columbia growers hoping for compensation for the

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Spotlight on Yakima Valley

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Wade Wolfe in the tasting room of his Thurston Wolfe Winery in Prosser, Washington.
Melissa Hansen

The thirtieth anniversary of Yakima Valley as an American Viticultural Area

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Surround might deter stinkbugs

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The brown marmorated stinkbug is a challenge to control for any fruit grower, and organic growers have the fewest strategies of all.

That’s why Win Cowgill

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Yakima Valley opened the AVA door

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The idea to designate Yakima Valley as Washington State’s first American Viticultural Area came to Mike Wallace while he was visiting California’s wine country in the early 1980s, when northern California growers and vintners were carving out appellations and subappellations.

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Tougas Family Farm

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Mo Tougas asks a question of Oregon State University sweet cherry expert Lynn Long on an IFTA tour of his farm. The pruning demonstration was

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Table grapes part of Arkansas breeding program

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This is Joy, in a photo from Idaho, where fruit breeder Esmaeil Fallahi included John Clark’s table grapes in his trial plantings.
courtesy of John Clark,

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Peaches from Arkansas

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Arkansas plant breeder John Clark.
Photos courtesy of John Clark, University of Arkansas

New nectarine varieties and a peach variety developed by fruit breeder Dr. John Clark

Promising WSU cherry selections

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One selection showing promise in Washington State University’s cherry breeding program is an early variety that has better fruit quality characteristics than the current Chelan

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Smart cherry breeding

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Breeder Nnadozie Oraguzie stands in a Phase 1 block planted in 2011 and 2012. He’ll begin collecting fruiting data when the trees are three to

Summerland’s focus switches

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Summerland cherry breeder Dr. Cheryl Hampson’s objective is to develop cherries that are large, firm, and sweet, have good stems, and are productive.

For the past

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Stellar lineage

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The Pacific Northwest cherry industry is seeing the effects of a shift to self-fertile varieties in the form of higher and more consistent yields.
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Career comes to late fruition

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For more than two decades, Dr. Tom Toyama quietly got on with his work as stone fruit breeder at Washington State University.

Though no variety was

WSU program focused on self-fertility

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Stone fruit breeding began at Washington State University in 1949 with the arrival of Dr. Harold Fogle, who had just finished his doctorate at the

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Bing dethroned

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The Bing cherry, long the king of the Northwest industry, is losing ground to the newer Canadian varieties.

In the 2000 season, Bing represented almost 75

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5 things to consider when selecting a variety

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photo by John Clements, University of Massachusetts

Win Cowgill, horticulturist at Rutgers ­University and area fruit agent located in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, is working on

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New model for variety release

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RiverBelle
Courtesy of Wescott Agri Products

Two new apple varieties, Pazazz and RiverBelle, are growing in some apple orchards and coming to market through a new development