Project Description


Featured stories about pears appear in this issue.

Pear study is helpful

  • September 1st, 2008

by Geraldine Warner n independent report on global canned pear production supports claims by the U.S. processed pear industry that it is sensitive [...]

Quick Bites

  • September 1st, 2008

Apple Commission Changes Leadership Ken Severn has been appointed interim director of the Washington Apple Commission until the board hires a new president. [...]

Last Bite

  • September 1st, 2008

Mike Roche’s Jewel label was a symbol of quality in the tree fruit industry; the Yak label was a play on the [...]

First Bite

  • September 1st, 2008

It’s all about the pears. If you’re knee-deep in harvest, you’re likely not thinking much about promoting your fruit, but [...]

Optimizing conditioning

  • September 1st, 2008

Conditioning of pears so they’re ready to eat when purchased can boost retail sales, but there’s a lack of consistency in how it’s being [...]

Envy in test plantings

Envy, the latest ENZA apple variety from New Zealand, will go into commercial plantings in Washington State in 2010. The cultivar, known as Scilate, [...]

Avoiding Ladder Injuries

  • September 1st, 2008

Left: A pressure sensor that buzzes to alert workers they are on the last step. Right: A spade-shaped spike to keep [...]

Grow pears profitably

  • September 1st, 2008

Three-year-old Bartlett trees after pruning. The trees are filled with one- and two-year-old fruiting wood and some spurs. Summer pruning, Ethrel (ethephon) [...]

Good Point

  • September 1st, 2008

Earlier this year, I was asked to project the future Bartlett pear volumes for the Pacific Northwest. The Pear [...]

EPA fines packers

  • September 1st, 2008

Fourteen tree fruit packers in eastern Washington State have together paid more than $600,000 in penalties over the past [...]

How it was done

  • September 1st, 2008

Open Tatura with two leaders, showing only one side of the two canopies. It is “open” because a strip about 0.5 meters [...]

Good Job

  • September 1st, 2008

Hort Association hires Bruce Grim Orchardist and attorney Bruce Grim of Entiat, Washington, has been appointed executive director of the Washington State Horticultural [...]

In Memory

  • September 1st, 2008

Lorne Doud, one of the founding members of the International Dwarf Fruit Tree Association, died on August 1 at the age of 92 in [...]