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Why go with Arctic GMO apple?

There are apple varieties that naturally don’t turn brown.

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Is organic fruit growth on the horizon?

Will demand keep up with expanding organic tree fruit production?

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USDA Approves Record-Breaking Purchase of Apples

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US Apple Association today issued the following news release:
 Vienna, Va. – April 29, 2015 – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will officially announce today that the US Apple Association’s

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Branching experiment results in more feathers

Treatments with Promalin or MaxCel put more branches on young apple trees.

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Demand is strong for Geneva rootstocks

Nurseries and growers have much to learn about the newer ones.

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Keep varieties updated

Orchards need to be renovated to produce the kind of fruit that’s in demand.

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Rootstocks under trial

Geneva rootstocks might be less vigorous in Washington.

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Apple box label collection is packer's passion

Bob Price has one of the country’s largest collections of apple box labels.

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Honeycrisp is still an enigma

Growers have yet to unlock the horticultural secrets of growing Honeycrisp in a warm climate.

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Nova Scotia revisited

Nova Scotia has earned a reputation for producing the best Honeycrisp apples.

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WSU to rerelease WA 2

WA 2, which stays crisp and improves in flavor, has good potential for late-season sales.

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Irrigation management key to growing Honeycrisp

Honeycrisp trees don’t like excessive water, says veteran Washington tree fruit grower.

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Preparing for lift-off

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Proprietary Variety Management—the company that is managing the commercialization of Washington State University’s WA 38 apple—has formed an industry-wide marketing group to discuss how the apple will be launched in the market place.

PVM of Yakima,

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Arctic apple Q&A: Expect more GMO apples in the pipeline

Okanagan Specialty Fruits plans to submit more GMO apple varieties for deregulation within the year.

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Growers partner to buy orchard

Fourteen families joined the venture with their cooperative Scotian Gold.

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Sean Tudor, Young Grower from Grandview, Washington

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grower / Grandview, Washington
age / 28
crops / Apples, cherries, wine and juice grapes
business / Owner Rustic Vineyards, 2dor Wines
other experience / Walla Walla Community College, viticulture degree

How did you start in farming?
When I was young

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Packers join forces

Valley Fruit and Larson Fruit are building a new apple packing line.

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O'Rourke: Apple prices will force efficiencies

Grower profitability is influenced not just by prices received but by various other factors.

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Health Canada approves Arctic apples for growth and sale

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Health Canada has approved two varieties of Arctic apples, Arctic Granny Smith and Arctic Golden Delicious, for growth and sale in Canada.
The announcement was made on the Health Canada website five weeks after deregulation was

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A model for apple thinning

Carbohydrate model and good weather information support grower decisions for apple thinning.

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Stress-free thinning

The model ensures it’s the trees that are stressed, not you.

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Marcus Morgan, Young Grower from The Dalles, Oregon

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grower / Marcus Morgan, 36, The Dalles, Oregon.  (with Miss Blue)
crops / Cherries
business / Orchard manager for Morgan & Sons Honey Company.
other experience / He has worked the family farm since he was a child.

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Search continues for stinkbug predators

Will brown marmorated stinkbug take hold in desert climates?

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Make the most of biocontrol

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Beneficial insects and mites can play a role in controlling key orchard pests if they’re not exposed to harmful pesticides. Dr. David Biddinger, entomologist with Pennsylvania State University in Biglerville, explains how to take advantage

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Birds are eating into profits

Honeycrisp growers in Washington say they lost $28 million to birds in one year.

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Codling moth mating disruption reaches a milestone

Mating disruption of codling moth is used in 90 percent of all apples and pears grown in Washington State.

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Stinkbug challenges organic growers

Researchers are testing trap crops as a way to manage brown marmorated stinkbug.

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Leah Eddie, Young Grower from Grandview, Washington

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grower / Grandview, Washington
age / 24
crops / Apples, cherries and juice grapes
business / Fieldman for Apple King. Partner in family run Eddie Farms.
other experience / Graduated from the tree fruit program at Wenatchee Valley College.

How

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Intrexon to acquire Okanagan Specialty Fruits for $41 million

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Intrexon Corporation, of Germantown, Maryland, a company focusing on synthetic biology products, has agreed to acquire Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), of Summerland, British Columbia, the pioneering agricultural company that created the non-browning Arctic apple.

The announcement

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Munckhof machine makes inroads: 2014 IFTA Italy

The harvest machine is widely used around the world but has only recently been sold in the United States.

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Research on rot is under way

Plant pathologist is working to determine if pruning and spraying crab apple trees effectively controls postharvest rots.

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Fryhover: USDA’s Arctic apple decision means differentiation and education will be imperative

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The recent approval by USDA of the Arctic apple brands wasn’t unforeseen by our industry. We have been preparing for months knowing that approval was coming.

Washington and other U.S. apple-producing states have provided comments and

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Schlect: A cold Arctic blast

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● USDA announced last Friday its deregulation of a Canadian firm’s–Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc.–two varieties (Granny Smith and Golden) of GMO apples, one day in advance of a three-day weekend. This is not unusual timing

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Corr: Was USDA’s GMO decision a black cat crossing America’s orchards?

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To hear some critics tell it, the government’s decision Friday the 13th to deregulate a GMO apple was bad luck for growers and consumers. You could almost see the black cat crossing America’s orchards.

The U.S.

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Growing fruit without branches

The branchless multileader system offers improved efficiency.

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Quality trees: 2014 IFTA Italy

Italian nursery GRIBA developed a quality grading scale, and prices trees accordingly.

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Concrete support: 2014 IFTA Italy

Across South Tyrol, growers use posts made of concrete, rather than wood.

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Fruiting wall concept expands: 2014 IFTA Italy

Alberto Dorigoni is considering shorter trees grown somewhat like vines.

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Taking yields to the limit

New Zealand scientists have planted a prototype ‘super orchard’ they hope will produce around 170 apple bins per acre.

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Good times for hard cider

Explosive growth has captured interest, but there’s little sense of direction.

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Michigan takes inventory of fruit plantings

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Michigan fruit growers were asked in January to provide data for a fruit inventory that would update information on the state of the state’s industry.

The last inventory was taken in 2011, so the new study

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China agrees to accept all varieties of U.S. apples

The reciprocal agreement will allow China to ship apples into the United States.

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B.C. extends replant help

British Columbia adds $8.4 million to program.

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Strategies for Honeycrisp

Scientists respond to questions about harvest and storage practices.

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How to measure Honeycrisp qualities

Titratable acidity, chlorophyll, and dry matter concentration may be tools to predict quality and storage potential.

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Packing apples in Italy

Presizing and presorting apples into storage changes the way apples are packed in Italy.

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Blake Slaybaugh, Young Grower from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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grower / Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
age / 20
crops / apples, peaches
business / Mt. Ridge Farms
other experience / Blake is a fifth-generation orchardist and participated in a one-year internship as a research assistant with the Washington Tree Fruit

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Michigan cider makers unite

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A small group of Michigan hard cider makers has started the Michigan Cider Association.

“The bylaws were signed during Expo,” said Mike Beck, owner of Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery & Distillery in St. Johns, Michigan.

Beck

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Grow domestic apple market, analyst urges

The Washington apple industry can’t rely only on exports to absorb increasing volumes.

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Italy’s growing heritage: 2014 IFTA Italy

Cooperation among small growers helps them compete and thrive.

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