• Distinguished Service Award: Harold Thome

Distinguished Service Award: Harold Thome

  • November 28th, 2014

Harold Thome is old enough to remember his dad packing apples into barrels for shipment to Chicago 200 miles away.

But remembering doesn’t make him nostalgic for the old days.

Thome, 82, has a thoroughly modern apple growing operation located on Fruit Ridge near Conklin seven miles north of Grand Rapids, [...]

  • Sweet Rosa Lynn

Sweet Rosa Lynn

  • November 28th, 2014

The new apple variety Rosa Lynn is named after the wives of the two people who discovered it in an orchard at Royal City, Washington.

In 1998, José Ramirez, orchard manager at Stein-Manzana, and Dain Craver, general manager, noticed a tree in a mixed apple block that seemed different from [...]

  • Sean Gilbert, Young Grower from Yakima, Washington

Sean Gilbert, Young Grower from Yakima, Washington

  • November 26th, 2014

age / 34
crops / Apples, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines and wine grapes
title / General manager
business / Gilbert Orchards
education / Pomona College

What’s been your greatest challenge?

I think the toughest years for me personally were the back-to-back years of 2008 and 2009. We went from having [...]

Organic fruit attracts customers

  • November 26th, 2014

Steve Tennes, who operates the Country Mill orchard and farm market at Charlotte, Michigan, became convinced several years ago that there was a future in organic fruit production. Today, some of his customers will come a hundred miles or more from Detroit and Chicago specially to buy his organic [...]

  • USDA Announces Loss Adjustment for Late Apple Harvest

USDA Announces Loss Adjustment for Late Apple Harvest

  • November 6th, 2014

Multi-Peril Crop Insurance policyholders are getting an extension because of the delayed maturity of apple crop this year.

The USDA put out the following press release:

 

SPOKANE, Wash., Nov. 5, 2014 – USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced an extension of the insurance period for apple Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) policyholders [...]

  • Alex Chinchiolo, Young Grower from Ripon, California

Alex Chinchiolo, Young Grower from Ripon, California

  • November 1st, 2014

age / 28
crops / Apples, cherries
title / Partner, farm manager
business / River Bend Orchards
education / Degree in fruit science, California Polytechnic State University

Q:  What was your path to farming?
I think it was from all the days riding in the truck with my dad in [...]

  • China opens to Washington State apples

China opens to Washington State apples

 
Good news came to Washington’s apple industry today when U.S. Department of Agriculture officials announced the immediate reopening of China’s market to Washington Red and Golden Delicious apples. It’s good timing as growers are wrapping up harvest of the largest crop on record, which some believe will be [...]