Featured stories about cherries and their varieties appear in this issue.
1 What percentage of Northwest fresh cherry exports was shipped to China (including Hong Kong) last season?
a. 9 percent
b. 19 [...]
Coral Champagne has been the hottest selling cherry variety in California in recent years, according to accounts from nurseries, brokers, and growers.
Dave Wilson Nursery, [...]
Field horticulturists from Chelan Fruit Cooperative examine beneficial insects during a hands-on workshop offered in February. Inset: Angela Gadino discusses natural-enemy monitoring techniques with [...]
The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has developed a simple test for growers to determine the susceptibility of their cherries to rain cracking. All [...]
Coral Champagne cherries ripen after Chelan and about ten days before Bing.
New tree fruit varieties can take decades before going mainstream and becoming popular [...]
It will be a few more years before new precocious, dwarfing rootstocks for sweet and tart cherries become available from the Michigan State University [...]
Servando Rodriguez manages the production of 400 acres of apples and cherries and 450 acres of wine grapes for Sagemoor Farms.
PHOTO BY MELISSA [...]
Orondo Ruby is a yellow-fleshed cherry that has more blush and matures earlier than Rainier.
PHOTO COURTESY OF G&C ORCHARDS
Cherry production in north central [...]
Four major nurseries that form the North American group of the International New Varieties Network (INN) have made a significant investment in a new [...]
Book of secrets
Karin Argo of Zillah, Washington, is selling the second edition of her popular The Secrets of Eastern Washington Cookbook. Argo, who [...]
Lynn Long, Oregon State University Extension educator, gives a pruning demonstration during an international tree fruit meeting held last winter in Boston.
The days of [...]
Kim and Troy Toftness with their children Brock and Brylee. Their Skylar Rae cherry brand is named after their first daughter who lived for [...]
New cherry bulletins, videos
Two new publications on cherry production and several sweet cherry videos covering training systems and pruning are available free to [...]
A female spotted wing drosophila lays eggs on a cherry.
PHOTO BY PETER SHEARER, OSU
Fluctuating populations of spotted wing drosophila from year to year [...]
I have talked about the immediate threat of the excessive increases in apple production from Washington State and went so far as to say [...]
Unlike the common drosophila flies, spotted wing drosophila will attack cherries before they are ripe.
PHOTO BY PETER SHEARER, OSU
After feeling little pressure from [...]
Modern apple tree plantings have been made at the Hudson Valley Lab.
PHOTO BY RICHARD LEHNERT
Workers at Cornell University’s Hudson Valley Laboratory at Highland, [...]
Cherry insurance can provide a financial shelter for growers when the crop is rained on.
PHOTO BY GERALDINE WARNER
The federal cherry crop insurance program [...]
Two Blondes Vineyard near Zillah was planted in 2000 by Andrew Will and Chris Camarda.
PHOTO CPHOTO COURTESY OF WASHINGTON WINE COMMISSION
Andy Perdue has [...]
A decision by the National Organic Standards Board not to extend use of a key antibiotic to control fireblight in organic fruit production represents [...]
PHOTO COURTESY OF WASHINGTON WINE COMMISSION
The Yakima Valley American Viticultural Area, established by the federal government on March 23, 1983, is celebrating its 30th [...]
This creative, portable handwashing facility meets GlobalGAP requirements. Water is clearly labeled.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SUSAN PHEASANT
For growers just getting started in the food [...]
As with precision pruning, the thinning process starts by knowing how many fruit buds are on the tree and how many fruit are desired, [...]
Mega retailer Costco Wholesale has high expectations when it comes to food safety and requires more from its suppliers than most, says Milinda [...]
Precision pruning is a good first step to adjusting crop load and producing fruit of the best size and quality. Pruning to a specified [...]
As the Northwest cherry season draws closer, for the first time in six or seven years I am thinking that the 2013 harvest has [...]