Featured stories about pears and organic appear in this issue.
Scientists are testing a sweet idea that might help organic cherry growers manage insects, birds, and diseases all in one go.
Organic growers have been [...]
David Granastein, sustainable agriculture specialist at Washington State University, takes a close look at the ingredients in Kyle Mathison’s compost. Cherry waste from Stemilt’s [...]
Apple growers in Canada’s Quebec Province march to the beat of a different drummer. They are much more tightly organized than are growers in [...]
The latest release from WSU, WA 38, is an eye-catching, large, dark red apple with a remarkably firm, crisp, and juicy texture. It also [...]
For a relatively small industry with annual apple production of about 6 million bushels, the apple growers of Quebec have a very substantial market [...]
For many in the United States, when they think of pears, the image is of the fully ripe, yellow, fragrant, juicy Bartlett pear. But [...]
The Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden keep their white flesh after slicing.
Photo Courtesy of Neal Carter
The core idea is simple and elegant.
Take iconic [...]
Mike Brownfield’s orchard has been cultivated organically for almost 40 years. In recent times, Brownfield has benefited from a number of new tools that [...]
Four pear cultivars—Bartlett, d’Anjou, Bosc, and Comice—dominate supermarket shelves across the United States, and they’re great pears. But do they deserve 95 percent of [...]
Safe food is an unobjectionable term. No one wants unsafe food.
To assure the safety of the produce sold to consumers, private grocery store chains [...]
Though a no-organophosphate codling moth control program is more expensive at first, it’s not long before growers are saving money, says Bruce Kiyokawa, a [...]
Fruit packing cooperatives are becoming something of an oddity in the Washington tree fruit industry, which is dominated today by large, private, vertically integrated [...]
The U.S. Apple Association, the Northwest Horticultural Council, and the British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association have all stated their opposition to Arctic apples coming [...]
Champagne is the wine produced from grapes grown in the northernmost vineyards of France. Even before the Champagne method of producing sparkling wine was [...]
Pear trees growing at the repository In spring (inset) and fall. As unique and individually colorful as are the fruit midseason.
As curator of the [...]
A new method of drying fruit using microwave heating and vacuum technology is being tested in a wide range of fruits and berries. Cherry [...]
An areawide effort to control codling moth without organophosphate chemicals has resulted in better control of both codling moth and pear psylla as well [...]
Julie Pittsinger checks on her four-year-old planting of Pinot Meunier, one of the grapes traditionally used to make Champagne.
Julie and Bret Pittsinger, owners of [...]
US 71655-014 has been tested in Hood River, Oregon, for ten years, and is expected to be released soon.
A new fireblight-resistant, European pear selection [...]