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Cherries

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

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Last Bite: Test your cherry knowledge

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   1    What percentage of Northwest fresh cherry exports was shipped to China (including Hong Kong) last season?
a.     9 percent
b.    19 percent
c.    27 percent
d.  

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SWD challenges growers

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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 the spotted

Cherry cracking test

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The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has developed a simple test for growers to determine the susceptibility of their cherries to rain cracking. All that’s

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Cherry insurance reduces risk

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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 can partially

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Leading by example

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Servando Rodriguez manages the production of 400 acres of apples and cherries and 450 acres of wine grapes for Sagemoor Farms.
PHOTO BY MELISSA HANSEN

For an

The NOSB’s ‘lose-lose’ decision

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A decision by the National Organic Standards Board not to extend use of a key antibiotic to control fireblight in organic fruit production represents a

Good Stuff

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Book of secrets
Karin Argo of Zillah, Washington, is selling the second edition of her popular The Secrets of Eastern Washington Cookbook. Argo, who grew up

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Food safety mistakes

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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 safety certification

Quick Bites

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New cherry bulletins, videos
Two new publications on cherry production and several sweet cherry videos covering training systems and pruning are available free to growers.

Cherry Orchard

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Great expectations

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Milinda Dwyer

Mega retailer Costco Wholesale has high expectations when it comes to food safety and requires more from its suppliers than most, says Milinda Dwyer,

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Good Point: China

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I have talked about the immediate threat of the excessive increases in apple production from Washington State and went so far as to say that

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First Bite

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As the Northwest cherry season draws closer, for the first time in six or seven years I am thinking that the 2013 harvest has the

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Science on the Hudson

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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, near Poughkeepsie,

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Outreach: The final goal

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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 Leo

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Yakima Valley is the industry’s backbone

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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 thought a

Cherry rootstock testing continues

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It will be a few more years before new precocious, dwarfing rootstocks for sweet and tart cherries become available from the Michigan State ­University rootstock

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Yakima Valley AVA turns 30

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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 anniversary.

Nurseries invest in Phytelligence

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Four major nurseries that form the North American group of the International New Varieties ­Network (INN) have made a significant investment in a new biotechnology

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Chemical thinning is getting more precise

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As with precision pruning, the thinning process starts by knowing how many fruit buds are on the tree and how many fruit are desired, as

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Tip top cherry

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Kim and Troy Toftness with their children Brock and Brylee. Their Skylar Rae cherry brand is named after their first daughter who lived for only

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Achieving the optimal crop load

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Precision pruning is a good first step to adjusting crop load and producing fruit of the best size and quality. Pruning to a specified number

Widely planted

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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, a

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Popular cultivar almost wasn’t

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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 with

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Chelan Fruit gears up

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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 Washington State

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Top five ways to grow large cherries

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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 a

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SWD in Europe

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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 are keeping