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  • In The Box: The joy of harvest

In The Box: The joy of harvest

  • August 27th, 2014

Cherry growers Bob and Carol Brown say it’s a joy to see the smiles on the faces of these unbelievably hard-working Rainier cherry crew members.

Camden Wheatcroft, 19, is from Wenatchee and attends the University of Washington, where he plans to major in chemical or electrical engineering.

Casey Boullioun, 35, has [...]

  • A note about our latest Pear cover

A note about our latest Pear cover

  • August 27th, 2014

Readers who enjoy editor Geraldine Warner’s in-depth reports have a new reason to appreciate her talents.

When she’s not covering the tree-fruit industry, Geraldine is also an award-winning quilter. Last month, Geraldine created a Good Fruit Grower wall hanging, featuring a magazine cover with a pear, as a gift to [...]

Good Point: Success in pear marketing

  • August 27th, 2014

Change can be uncomfortable, but is unavoidable. One key to change is adaptation, being aware of and flexible to the trends of change. At the Pear Bureau Northwest, we strive to stay on top of trends. Success has followed.

Some of the areas where we are ahead include social media [...]

Processors agree to price schedule for Michigan apples

  • August 20th, 2014

The Michigan Processing Apple Growers marketing committee has negotiated minimum apple prices with six apple processors.

The prices are $12.50 a hundredweight for hard varieties 2 ½ inches and up, and $10 for soft varieties of that size. No price was negotiated for juice or undersize apples.

Six processors are in [...]

Washington apple producers hope to resume exports to China

  • August 15th, 2014

After being shut out of China for two seasons, some Washington apple producers will likely try to comply with a new, more onerous export protocol in an attempt to ship some Red and Golden Delicious apples there this year, says Mike Willett, vice president for scientific affairs at the Northwest [...]

  • NW cherry crop breaks record

NW cherry crop breaks record

  • August 7th, 2014

For Northwest cherry growers, the season has been quick to harvest and has now reached a record-breaking volume, blowing through 23 million boxes shipped.

Northwest Cherry Growers reported today the previous season-ending record of 22.96 million, 20-pound equivalent boxes, set in 2012, was surpassed this week with crops still being [...]