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Pears

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

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The Boyers of Chestnut Ridge

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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

Should pear growers update?

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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 have

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Winery showcases estate fruit

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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.

Pear industry ripe for change

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

Apples

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Rocks with a story

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These four types of rocks found in DuBrul Vineyard each tell a different story about the region’s geologic influences.

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Top Five pear research needs

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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. Ray

Manageable apple crop forecast

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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.

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Sixth generation in the Delta

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— by Kate Moser
If there was one thing that Matthew and Virginia Hemly knew in high school during the 1990s, it was that they weren’t

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Universities collaborate

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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 work together

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Pears: A grower’s advocate

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Pat Burnett, who has been a fruit grower, packer, and marketer in his career—and for many years simultaneously—has always been a champion of the small

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New spray concept proves feasible

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If we had to irrigate orchards by pulling tanks of water down the alleys, would we do it?

We do that now with pesticides and plant

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Watch: Over-the-row cherry harvesting

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For the record—since this could be an event of historic significance—the harvest took place about two o’clock on the afternoon of July 11 in the

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Reluctant Regina

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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.

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Pest management requires precise tools

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Over the years, fruit growers have traded in their shotgun-like pest control tools for more precise rifle-like tools and bullets capable of hitting moving targets

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Peach growers challenges

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

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New York apples names

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

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Winery showcases estate fruit

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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,” he

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Universities collaborate

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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 built

Plan will guide pear research

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

Pear Marketing: Connect with the customer

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Pears are a relatively small item in the fresh produce department, but they are still important to retailers. Pears make up 1.2 percent of fresh

Precise disease management is complicated

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Like insects, diseases develop in predictable ways based on ­growing-degree accumulations, but diseases are driven more by moisture than are insects, which makes management more

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Growers need to adjust sprayers for deposition and drift

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Precise application of pesticides in orchards provides growers with better crop protection, less environmental pollution, and better use of resources. It costs less when pesticides

Fewer pears for canners

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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 pears,