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Apples and Marketing

Featured stories about apples and marketing appear in this issue.

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Biocontrol veteran arms for battling brown marmorated stinkbug

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Pennsylvania State University’s Dr. David Biddinger is a veteran in the army battling for better biocontrol, and it’s had its ups and downs. But it

Apple pricing will be challenging this year

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U.S. apple growers will market a smaller-than-average-size crop this year, but pricing the product won’t be easy, and there are penalties for making the wrong

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Clean vines keep viruses out

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Washington State’s grape industry teamed up with researchers and regulatory officials last summer to educate growers and ­vintners about the importance of clean plants and

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Ice cider

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One of the specialty ciders produced at Cidrerie du Minot is called ice cider, which was invented in Quebec about 20 years ago. Most of

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Last Bite— The Honeycrisp explosion

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It’s been described as “explosively crisp!” and “an apple of almost magical qualities.

In 2006, the Association of University Technology Managers called it one of 25

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Fireblight expert retires

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Larry Pusey has used crab apples for his fireblight studies, as they can be manipulated to bloom year round in the greenhouse.
Geraldine Warner

For almost 20

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Plant in clean ground

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Grape selections that come out of the Clean Plant Center-Northwest Grapes are certified to be free of known grape viruses and crown gall disease, making

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From bin to bottle

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A continuous belt press at Tulip Valley Orchard and Vineyard in Mount Vernon, Washington.
Geraldine Warner

Making cider is similar to making white wine, says Lars Ringsrud,

Good Stuff

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Bayer purchases AgraQuest
Bayer Crop Science, headquartered in Germany, has purchased the U.S. biological crop-protection company AgraQuest, Inc., for $425 million plus milestone ­payments, according to

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Looking for a bipartisan solution

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Apple harvest season last year brought home to Dale Foreman just how important a reliable labor force was to his apple-growing operation. Some of his

Continued strong demand for vines

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Northwest grape growers thinking about planting vines in the near future are advised to plan well ahead. Strong demand for grapevines that’s coming from California

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Cider is cool

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Grape growers have established a robust wine industry in the warmer areas of Washinton State. Now, apple growers are looking to create a cider industry

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Growing great learners

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Washington Fruit and Produce Company, one of Washington’s top tree fruit producers, is seeing success in a new type of cultivation: helping the young children

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The ciders of Quebec

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In Canada’s Quebec province, the word cider means only one thing—fermented apple juice. You don’t call it hard cider, or apple wine. You just call

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Harvester studied for cider apples

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An over-the-row raspberry harvester is tested for harvesting cider apples
Geraldine Warner

Cider apple growing overall requires fewer inputs than growing dessert fruit because superficial blemishes don’t

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Stinkbug biocontrol

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Perdue University Extension

Brown marmorated stinkbug, an invasive insect from Asia, swept over the Mid-Atlantic states’ fruit crops like a tsunami in the fall of 2010,

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Big demand for cider

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Left: The bittersweet apple Harry Master’s Jersey. Bittersweet apples are in big demand. Center: Yarlington Mill, a traditional bittersweet English cider variety. Right: Kingston Black

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Insect-resistant varieties

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Scientists at Washington State University hope to breed apples with resistance to key apple pests.
Joseph Schwarz, a doctoral student with WSU in Wenatchee, this summer

Growing a cider culture

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Scientists with Washington State University in Mount Vernon hope to support an emerging hard cider culture by strengthening their research program. Hard cider is the

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U.S. cider takes U.K. honors

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Peter Ringsrud used to grow picture-perfect Red and Golden Delicious apples at his East Wenatchee, Washington, orchard, but found little profit in it.

After a 25-year

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Parasite studied in quarantine

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Scientists around the United States are studying a natural enemy of the brown marmorated stinkbug that has been imported from China with the hope that

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Affecting lives through education

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This year, the Washington Apple Education Foundation awarded scholarships worth a total of $475,000 to 187 students, but had to turn another 232 students away.

The

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Honeycrisp moves into top six

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For the first time, Honeycrisp will make the list of the top six apple varieties produced in the United States this year.

The rank order of