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Featured stories about cherries and their varieties appear in this issue.

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Future pear research area

  • May 15th, 2012

AVG could be a valuable new tool, along with NAA, for preventing premature fruit drop in pears. Some questions for future research are:

Can the [...]

  • Early Robin, early blush

Early Robin, early blush

  • May 15th, 2012
Early Robin looks set to become an important variety in the Pacific Northwest, as growers try to get a jump on the blushed-cherry deal.
  • Finding the ideal peach orchard

Finding the ideal peach orchard

  • May 15th, 2012

Jim Schupp (on tractor) took an active role in evaluating the Darwin blossom thinner and considers it a key to peach profitability.
Photo by [...]

Steps to manage canker

  • May 15th, 2012

Scientists have developed the following ­integrated approach to manage canker in cherries:

Avoid interplanting new with old trees. Rain can splash inoculum from old trees [...]

  • Sustainable program for wineries launched

Sustainable program for wineries launched

  • May 15th, 2012

Wine bottle corks are repurposed as mulch, an example of sustainable practices implemented at Snoqualmie Vineyards winery.
Photo courtesy of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Winerywise, [...]

  • Not just a raincover

Not just a raincover

  • May 15th, 2012

This Dutch cherry orchard has a rain cover and is enclosed on the sides with netting to keep out insects and birds.
Photo by [...]

Good Stuff

  • May 15th, 2012

Stickers link to grower videos
Thanks to new data bar technology, shoppers anywhere in the world can use smartphones to scan stickers on apples [...]

  • Good to Know

Good to Know

  • May 15th, 2012

VG is a substituted amino acid derived via fermenting the naturally occurring antibiotic rhizobitoxine. After its activity was discovered in 1972, it received a [...]

  • Delicate cherry finds a niche

Delicate cherry finds a niche

  • May 15th, 2012

The blushed-yellow Rainier cherry was released by Washington State University more than 50 years ago with little thought of it becoming a premium fresh-market [...]

  • Breeding peaches

Breeding peaches

  • May 15th, 2012

New peach varieties from MSU are expected to fill the gaps in the profile of the Michigan peach industry.
Photo courtesy of Michigan State [...]

Later and later cherries

  • May 15th, 2012

Sweetheart, a late-season cultivar developed at the Summerland research center in British Columbia, Canada, is the second-most planted variety in Washington State.
Photo courtesy [...]

  • In support of peach breeding

In support of peach breeding

  • May 15th, 2012

Peach breeder Bill Shane (left) and Michigan Peach Sponsors President Kurt Weber enjoyed the annual educational meeting they jointly prepared.
Photo courtesy of Michigan [...]

Future of IR-4 in question

  • May 15th, 2012

More than a hundred specialty crops producers and their organizations have signed on to an effort to convince Congress not to change the IR-4 [...]

  • Spotlight on apple skin problems

Spotlight on apple skin problems

  • May 15th, 2012

Cracks in the fruit cuticle can form soon after bloom (back), exposing the underlying hypodermal cells to air, stimulating a wound response that results [...]

New group begins work

  • May 15th, 2012

A new marketing and research group has consolidated the California cherry industry into one voice, says Chiles Wilson, chair of the new organization that [...]

  • Good to Know: Irrigation scheduling

Good to Know: Irrigation scheduling

  • May 15th, 2012

Troy Peters, left, checks the irrigation scheduler on his phone in a cherry orchard with Sean Hill, AgWeatherNet Web developer, and Gerrit Hoogenboom, right, [...]

Neonicotinoids and bees

  • May 15th, 2012

A spate of new studies came out this spring, all of them seeking to link neonicotinoid insecticides to mortality in honeybees, bumblebees, and several [...]

  • Antisplit agents help

Antisplit agents help

  • May 15th, 2012

SureSeal, a new protective coating, at right, patented by Oregon State University that stretches as the fruit grows, needs complete fruit coverage—to the point [...]

  • Cherries must be RELIABLY FIRM

Cherries must be RELIABLY FIRM

  • May 15th, 2012

Delayed harvest can lead to more problems with pitting and pebbling of cherries.
Courtesy of Peter Toivonen, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

In an increasingly competitive [...]