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Basic rules of Stemilt’s tall spindle

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—Trees are planted at densities of 1,000 to 1,500 trees per acre (typically 3 or 4 feet between trees and 11 to 12 feet between rows).

—Precocious dwarfing rootstocks are used because early cropping is essential

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Growers visit plots of cherries and apples during IFTA conference

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Tours, wine tasting and receptions all were on tap today (Sunday) on Day 2 of the International Fruit Tree Association conference here.

Two tour buses full of growers, researchers and consultants visited research

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IFTA conference opens in Grand Rapids, celebrates “moneymaker” apple varieties

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Tree fruit growers from all over the world have converged on Grand here for the International Fruit Tree Conference.

A total of 291 people attended the first activity Saturday, a day-long pre-conference

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Young tree pruning demonstrations scheduled

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The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission will hold two young tree pruning demonstrations on Friday, Feb. 26, in north-central Washington.

Orchardist Dave Taber will host the first demonstration at 10 a.m. on a Honeycrisp block, located

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Catherine Kiyokawa, a Young Grower from Parkdale, Oregon

Catherine is a fourth-generation farmer. Her grandfather, Mamoru Kiyokawa, started growing tree fruit on the farm. Catherine works closely with her father, Randy, and older brother Cameron.

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Family Legacy

New McDougall and Sons orchard honors the past and heralds the future.

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Race to the top: Honeycrisp growing pressures

As Honeycrisp production increases, growers feel the pressure to produce fruit sooner rather than later.

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Are fall-blooming apples curiosity or concern?

Growers can curb ill-timed blooms caused by weather patterns.

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Seeking retail space

Retail space is at a premium, with growth in the number of products and organics.

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Okanagan seeks USDA approval for non browning GMO “Arctic Fuji”

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Canadian grower Okanagan Specialty Fruit is seeking USDA approval for a third non-browning apple, which it calls the Arctic Fuji. This would follow earlier federal approval for the company’s genetically-modified Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny apples, which

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Food safety research focuses on packing

Scientists hope to reduce food safety risks in Washington apple packing houses.

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Gathering data for food safety

Research will help inform the FDA and producers as the Food Safety Modernization Act is implemented.

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Getting the most out of Apogee

Growth regulator should be applied as early in the season as possible.

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Enhancing fruit quality

Many growth regulators are available for apples.

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Innovation and inspiration: 2015 Silver Apple Award

Del Feigal’s talents in the orchard are a valuable resource for other growers.

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Impact of imports

Fresh apples, pears and sweet cherries hold their own for U.S. producers.

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Does it profit to grow for direct-market?

Growers can sell for a higher price, but they also face higher overhead and labor costs.

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Strong start for 2015 apple crop

Prices going up after Washington growers harvest third-largest crop ever.

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Mexico to impose duties on U.S. apples

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The Mexican government is imposing provisional duties on most U.S. apple exports, beginning Jan. 7, as its investigation continues into an antidumping complaint brought by growers in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua.

Mexico is the

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Nick Plath, a young grower from George, Washington

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grower / George, Washington
age / 26
crops / Apples, cherries, and wine grapes
business / Washington Fruit and Produce Company
family background / Nick grew up in Yakima and is the son of Rick Plath, nephew of Cliff

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New focus on grade standards

Hort council aims for industry involvement to help monitor other nations’ quality metrics.

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Surviving as a small grower

Sam Godwin has strategies for staying competitive.

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SugarBee causes a buzz

The variety was developed in Minnesota from open-pollinated Honeycrisp.

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The growing threat of black stem borer

Years after invading from Asia, the insect is emerging as an apple tree pest.

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How to grow WA 38

The tip-bearing variety has pendant limbs.

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WA 38 has few faults

The apple tolerates a wide range of environmental conditions.

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2015 apple crop was big; third largest ever

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Apple prices are going up just as Washington’s packing houses announced their December storage report.

Growers harvested 118.5 million boxes of apples for the fresh market this year, the third largest crop ever, said Jon DeVaney,

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Stinkbug continues its spread

Northwest growers should be on the lookout for brown marmorated stinkbug

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Labor tops list of concerns for Grower of the Year

Worker worries

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Grower of the Year learns more through industry involvement

Learning from the board

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Fruitful fortitude: 2015 Grower of the Year

After taking over the farm at 25, Brenton Roy grew a solid reputation one crop at a time.

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New ways of doing business: 2015 Grower of the Year

Oasis Farms settles on V-trellis with arches, makes move to Geneva.

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Phenotyping in the field goes high-tech

WSU researcher is using thermal infrared cameras and other sensor technologies to study fruit traits.

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Root pruning is making a comeback

Old practice finds new application by solving modern problems in apples.

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Slice and sanitize to slow browning

New products are reported to slow browning and reduce microorganisms on fresh-cut produce.

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Help to salvage burned land

Safety net programs are available to aid growers in wildfire disasters.

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After the Washington fires

Packers work with insurers to recover from two wildfires that struck central Washington.

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New York Times says new varieties seek to dominate $3b apple industry

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The New York Times gives a detailed account of competition among new varieties to dominate the $3 billion apple industry.

Readers of Good Fruit Grower are familiar with  emerging varieties, such as Cosmic Crisp, that seek

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If netting is the future, what color?

WSU researchers study how netting colors prevent Honeycrisp sunburn.

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Jake Robison, a Young Grower from Chelan, Washington

Jake is a fourth generation farmer who grows tree fruit on 120 acres. He’s the son of Dave and Karla Robison and nephew to Allen Robison.

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Washington still holds the organic edge

Although Europe has extensive organic acreage, much of it is not very productive.

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Looking for good sports

Michigan State researcher thinks mutations will help identify genes governing apple quality traits.

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Before you push trees

Older orchards can be repurposed to new uses or topworked to new varieties.

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Bruce Allen has a passion for quality

As volumes of Honeycrisp increase, high quality will be key to success.

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Grow the tree before cropping Honeycrisp

Honeycrisp trees will stop growing as soon as they fruit.

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Honeycrisp thinning takes all season

Honeycrisp’s tendencies to produce large fruit and bear biennially complicate crop load management.

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Smaller apple crop raises hopes

Gala is close to overtaking Red Delicious, which has been Washington’s top variety since the 1940s.

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24 specialty crop proposals in Wa State receive $4.1m

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture says that it will award approximately $4.1 million in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

The 2015 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant will

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma helps promote Washington apples in China

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Leading e-commerce retailer Alibaba Group featured Washington apples at the kickoff for its online shopping frenzy in China in November.

Washington apples were the only imported fresh fruit showcased to kickoff Alibaba’s T-Mall 11.11 Global Shopping

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Crucial tips to store Honeycrisp

Treated properly, stored Honeycrisp can maintain quality nine months and longer.

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