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Cherries

Featured stories about cherries appear in this issue.

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Good to Know: Sleeping Eye Cherries

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A nursery tree after its first year in the orchard shows weaker growth than a sleeping eye because of transplant stress. The nursery

Michigan referendum passes

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

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Branching without cutting

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

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Crop monitoring

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

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Vertical integration

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

Who should make the wine?

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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 or

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Producing cheap food has a cost

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

High density pays in pears

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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 and

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Low input, organic, or biodynamic?

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A panel discussion examining low-input, organic, and ­biodynamic grape growing found that while each takes a dif­ferent approach to pest

Cannons hailed

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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 to

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Last Bite: Grape Labels from New York Offer Rare Beauty

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Most New York State grape labels featured a lake in the title or background. Most label collectors in the Pacific Northwest

Spray reduces cracking

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

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Greenhouse cherries

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Ripening cherries pictured on March 30 at the All Seasons Fruit Company Tom Wood at All Seasons Fruit Company in Centralia,

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Tunnels in the Northwest

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

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Cherry season begins

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

Covered cherries

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

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Tunnels eliminate sprays

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

Cherry rootstocks go into test phase

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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 advanced

New cherry breeder at WSU

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

Last NLA case dismissed

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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 National

Quick Bites

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

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First Bite

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

Joe Van Well, 1923-2008

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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 in

Good Job

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

Good Point: Timothy Dahle

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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 is

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Good to Know: Three Steps to Growing High Quality Lapins and Sweetheart

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These Lapins cherries, grown in the Pacific Northwest, exhibited typical pitting damage upon arrival at their destination in London, England. In

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Alternative growing & marketing

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The Nicholsons opened their fruit stand in 1992. Dennis recalls selling his family’s apples on Highway 97 when he was a child, earning