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Pears

Featured stories about Optimizing Production and Pears appear in this issue.

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  • Rocks with a story

Rocks with a story

  • September 1st, 2013
These four types of rocks found in DuBrul Vineyard each tell a different story about the region’s geologic influences.

Manageable apple crop forecast

  • September 1st, 2013
Washington State apple producers expect to harvest 120 million packed boxes of apples this fall, according to the industry’s August forecast, the first official tally of the season.
  • Universities collaborate

Universities collaborate

  • September 1st, 2013

Kari Peter, the new plant pathologist at Penn State, will serve fruit growers in three states.
by Richard Lehnert

Three eastern universities have agreed to [...]

Fewer pears for canners

  • September 1st, 2013

The outlook seems positive for the Northwest canning pear industry going into the 2013 season.

The industry is expecting to process 120,000 tons of Northwest [...]

Should pear growers update?

  • September 1st, 2013

While many pear growers in the Pacific Northwest have welcomed Dr. Amit Dhingra’s efforts to push the pear industry into the twenty-first century, some [...]

  • Reluctant Regina

Reluctant Regina

  • September 1st, 2013
Cherry growers in Oregon like the Regina cherry. They like that it has some resistance to rain cracking and that the fruit ships well to Asia or Europe. They just wish the trees would be more productive.

Pear industry ripe for change

  • September 1st, 2013

When Dr. Amit Dhingra joined Washington State University seven years ago as a plant genomicist, one thing immediately struck him about the tree fruit [...]

  • Peach growers challenges

Peach growers challenges

  • September 1st, 2013

Growing peaches is getting easier in some ways, harder in others, a rather normal description of many orchardists’ efforts. Take two steps forward, then [...]

  • Top Five pear research needs

Top Five pear research needs

  • September 1st, 2013

Although most pears are grown in traditional orchards, the same way they’ve been grown for many decades, there’s not a great momentum for change. [...]

  • New York apples names

New York apples names

  • September 1st, 2013

Those two new apple varieties formerly called New York 1 and New York 2 and now named SnapDragon and RubyFrost were named “the good [...]

  • Winery showcases estate fruit

Winery showcases estate fruit

  • September 1st, 2013

Hugh Shiels had one reason for expanding from wine grape grower to winery owner.

“I wanted to show what our vineyard was capable of doing,” [...]

  • Universities collaborate

Universities collaborate

  • September 1st, 2013

Three eastern universities have agreed to work together to coordinate their hiring of faculty members serving fruit growers.

Informally called the Mid-­Atlantic Fruit Consortium, it’s [...]

  • The Boyers of Chestnut Ridge

The Boyers of Chestnut Ridge

  • September 1st, 2013
In Pennsylvania, almost all the apples grow in Adams County but 90 miles west, there’s a ridge—Chestnut Ridge—where fruit trees, mostly apples but also peaches, pears, and cherries

Plan will guide pear research

  • September 1st, 2013

Pear industry representatives in Oregon and Washington are collaborating to create a Pest Management Strategic Plan for pears. The goal of the project is [...]

  • Winery showcases estate fruit

Winery showcases estate fruit

  • September 1st, 2013
Kerry Shiels began as Côte Bonneville’s winemaker in 2009, after getting her master’s from the University of California, Davis, and working harvests for five different wineries in California, Australia, and Argentina.