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Apples

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

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Summerland’s focus switches

  • June 1st, 2013

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 [...]

  • Stellar lineage

Stellar lineage

  • June 1st, 2013

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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AVAs get smaller

  • June 1st, 2013

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

Career comes to late fruition

  • June 1st, 2013

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 [...]

  • Spotlight on Yakima Valley

Spotlight on Yakima Valley

  • June 1st, 2013

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 [...]

  • Bing dethroned

Bing dethroned

  • June 1st, 2013

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 [...]

  • Yakima Valley opened the AVA door

Yakima Valley opened the AVA door

  • June 1st, 2013
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.
  • Tougas Family Farm

Tougas Family Farm

  • June 1st, 2013

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

  • New model for variety release

New model for variety release

  • June 1st, 2013

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 [...]

Apple variety network

  • June 1st, 2013

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 [...]

  • Peaches from Arkansas

Peaches from Arkansas

  • June 1st, 2013

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. [...]

Promising WSU cherry selections

  • June 1st, 2013

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 [...]

  • Surround might deter stinkbugs

Surround might deter stinkbugs

  • June 1st, 2013

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 [...]

  • Smart cherry breeding

Smart cherry breeding

  • June 1st, 2013

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 [...]