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Pears

Featured stories about pears and organic appear in this issue.

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Good to know: WSU releases WA 38 apple

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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 has

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Curator’s choice

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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 nation’s

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The aristocratic Bosc

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

Cooperative effort defeats pests

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

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Organic replant challenge

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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 make

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Good to Know: A gem of a pear

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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 bred

Good Point: Proving safe produce is safe

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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 have

Co-op launches management venture

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

But

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The story of champagne

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

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Cherry Central is testing new drying technology

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A new method of drying fruit using microwave heating and vacuum technology is being tested in a wide range of fruits and berries. Cherry Central

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Lake Chelan sparkles

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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 Karma

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Sweet!

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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 successfully

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Grower makes designer compost

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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 packing

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The clubs of Quebec

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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

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Apple growers’ union gives market power to Quebec growers

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For a relatively small industry with annual apple production of about 6 million bushels, the apple growers of Quebec have a very substantial market power

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Arctic apples

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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 apple varieties,

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A plethora of pears

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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 the

Soft spray program for pears

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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 pest

Arctic apples get cold shoulder

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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 to