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Featured stories about cherries appear in this issue.

Cannons hailed

  • May 15th, 2008

After using a hail cannon at his Lake Chelan, Washington, orchard for seven years, Doug ­Willcox considered it a sound investment, though he’s quick [...]

Quick Bites

  • May 15th, 2008

Beekeepers Fund Research Two leading beekeepers in the Pacific Northwest, Eric Olson of Yakima and Tom Hamilton of Nampa, Idaho, have made donations [...]

Spray reduces cracking

  • May 15th, 2008

A new wax product that is sprayed on trees to prevent rain cracking can reduce losses by half, says the Washington State University researcher [...]

Joe Van Well, 1923-2008

  • May 15th, 2008

Long-time orchardist and nurseryman Joseph Roelle Van Well died April 12 at the age of 85. He was a co-owner of Van Well Nursery [...]

  • Tunnels in the Northwest

Tunnels in the Northwest

  • May 15th, 2008

Oregon State University researchers are studying the effects on cherry tree growth of colored shade cloth placed on top of the tunnel’s [...]

  • Branching without cutting

Branching without cutting

  • May 15th, 2008

Dr. Don Elfving at Washington State University is looking for ways to stimulate branching on cherry trees. The tree pictured on the [...]

Good Job

  • May 15th, 2008

New policy director hired California Certified Organic Farmers, one of North America’s oldest and largest organic certification agencies, recently hired Claudia Reid as [...]

Covered cherries

  • May 15th, 2008

Covering cherry trees with tunnels could open all kinds of opportunities for growers, especially those who contend with rainfall and humidity. In addition to [...]

  • Vertical integration

Vertical integration

  • May 15th, 2008

Cherry orchards in the Turkish countryside look similar to orchards in the United States, with dwarfing rootstocks, drip irrigation, and central leader [...]

Good Point: Timothy Dahle

  • May 15th, 2008

Oh, no! Oh, my! Now, what will we do? That alarm is usually reserved for the arrival of my mother-in-law. But no, this [...]

Cherry rootstocks go into test phase

  • May 15th, 2008

Washington State University’s cherry breeding program is evolving. About a dozen selections have been chosen from nearly 100 cherry rootstocks to be planted in [...]

  • Producing cheap food has a cost

Producing cheap food has a cost

  • May 15th, 2008

Produce traders peddle their products at Xinfadi, Asia’s biggest wholesale market. With 50 million farmers selling to 5 million traders, [...]

Last NLA case dismissed

  • May 15th, 2008

MONY Life Insurance of New York has ended its bid to recover the attorney’s fees it spent during a six-year legal battle with the [...]

  • First Bite

First Bite

  • May 15th, 2008

Rainiers in a tunnel. I’m delighted to kick off the annual cherry issue of Good Fruit Grower, though the pathological [...]

Michigan referendum passes

  • May 15th, 2008

Michigan apple growers have voted strongly in favor of continuing the ­Michigan Apple Committee. In a continuation referendum conducted in March, 85 percent [...]

  • Greenhouse cherries

Greenhouse cherries

  • May 15th, 2008

Ripening cherries pictured on March 30 at the All Seasons Fruit Company Tom Wood at All Seasons Fruit Company in [...]

  • Crop monitoring

Crop monitoring

  • May 15th, 2008

Load cells automatically detect tension differences in grapevine trellis wires. For the last seven years, U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers [...]

  • Cherry season begins

Cherry season begins

  • May 15th, 2008

Steven Murray, Sr., left, and his son Steven, Jr., picked the first commercial cherries in California, and the nation, on April 15. [...]

Who should make the wine?

  • May 15th, 2008

Among the most important questions a start-up winery owner needs to ponder is who will make the wine. Should it be the winery owner [...]

  • Tunnels eliminate sprays

Tunnels eliminate sprays

  • May 15th, 2008

Rainiers grown under tunnels. Growing cherry trees under tunnels continues to show potential for both organic and conventional cherry production. [...]

High density pays in pears

  • May 15th, 2008

A high-density system using nursery trees is the most economically viable system for a new pear orchard, despite the high cost of the trees [...]

New cherry breeder at WSU

  • May 15th, 2008

Dr. Nnadozie Oraguzie, formerly a scientist with Hort­Research pipfruit breeding program in New Zealand, joined Washington State University on May 1 as stone fruit [...]