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