Featured stories about Optimizing Production and Pears appear in this issue.
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 [...]
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 [...]
When Dr. Amit Dhingra joined Washington State University seven years ago as a plant genomicist, one thing immediately struck him about the tree fruit [...]
Growing peaches is getting easier in some ways, harder in others, a rather normal description of many orchardists’ efforts. Take two steps forward, then [...]
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. [...]
Those two new apple varieties formerly called New York 1 and New York 2 and now named SnapDragon and RubyFrost were named “the good [...]
– by Kate Moser
If there was one thing that Matthew and Virginia Hemly knew in high school during the 1990s, it was that [...]
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,” [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Pear industry representatives in Oregon and Washington are collaborating to create a Pest Management Strategic Plan for pears. The goal of the project is [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Precise application of pesticides in orchards provides growers with better crop protection, less environmental pollution, and better use of resources. It costs less when [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]