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Featured stories about pears and organic appear in this issue.

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Cooperative effort defeats pests

  • September 1st, 2012

An areawide effort to control codling moth without organophosphate chemicals has resulted in better control of both codling moth and pear psylla as well [...]

  • Lake Chelan sparkles

Lake Chelan sparkles

  • September 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Good to Know: A gem of a pear

Good to Know: A gem of a pear

  • September 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Sweet!


  • September 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Grower makes designer compost

Grower makes designer compost

  • September 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • The clubs of Quebec

The clubs of Quebec

  • September 1st, 2012

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 aristocratic Bosc

The aristocratic Bosc

  • September 1st, 2012

For many in the United States, when they think of pears, the image is of the fully ripe, yellow, fragrant, juicy Bartlett pear. But [...]

  • Arctic apples

Arctic apples

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 [...]

  • Organic replant challenge

Organic replant challenge

  • September 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • A plethora of pears

A plethora of pears

  • September 1st, 2012

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 [...]

Soft spray program for pears

  • September 1st, 2012

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 [...]

Co-op launches management venture

  • September 1st, 2012

Fruit packing cooperatives are becoming something of an oddity in the Washington tree fruit industry, which is dominated today by large, ­private, vertically integrated [...]

Arctic apples get cold shoulder

  • September 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • The story of champagne

The story of champagne

  • September 1st, 2012

Champagne is the wine produced from grapes grown in the northernmost vineyards of France. Even before the Champagne method of producing sparkling wine was [...]

  • Curator’s choice

Curator’s choice

  • September 1st, 2012

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 [...]