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Hedging to improve quality

A Washington grower-packer foresees multiple benefits from mechanical pruning.

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Mike Wade is new chair of U.S. Apple Association

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The U.S. Apple Association added several new members to its directorship in August.

The chairmanship moved from Mark Nicholson, from Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva, New York, to Mike Wade from Columbia Fruit Packers in Wenatchee,

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Growers transition to fresh market apples

Growers are moving from processing to fresh apple varieties, but it takes time.

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U.S. apple growers expect smaller crop

USApple estimate at 234 million; down about 41 million from 2014

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First day observations from the U.S. Apple outlook conference

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Richard Lehnert, Good Fruit Grower associate editor, is attending the U.S. Apple Association crop outlook conference in Chicago and wrote a notebook from the first day.

It appears most of those attending agree with the USDA

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Chelan Fruit fires — Burned but not broken

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Several fires in North Central Washington are still very active, forcing evacuations, taking power out, damaging structures, and claiming lives.

It’s still too early to put a finger on how the effects of the fires will reverberate in the

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Processed apples have a future

While fresh is all the rage, processing varieties won’t disappear overnight—and maybe never.

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Apple consumption needs a boost

More resources should be devoted to promoting Washington apples, an economist says.

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SnapDragon lacks vigor

New variety has a snappy flavor, but is no dragon when it comes to tree growth.

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Should domestic apple promotions be revived?

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It’s been a decade since the Washington Apple Commission ended its domestic promotion program, after working for more than 60 years to establish Washington apples as “the world’s finest.”

Even without the promotions, apple growers enjoyed

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Washington apple crop is down 10%

Washington State will harvest 125 million boxes of fresh apples this fall, according to the apple industry’s first official estimate of the season.

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What is SnapDragon?

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New York apple breeder Dr. Susan Brown answered questions about SnapDragon (NY 1) in the latest RosBREED newsletter:

What is the pedigree of SnapDragon?

SnapDragon is a cross of Honeycrisp and a New York advanced selection whose

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Drone ready to work in fruit

FAA approved Yamaha’s remote-controlled copter for agricultural use.

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Matching the spray to the tree

As canopy volume has decreased, growers would like to use less pesticide.

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Those rotten Honeycrisp

Among the cultivar’s many problem features is exceptional susceptibility to fruit rots.

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How to manage young Honeycrisp

Crop load management is critical for return bloom and good tree growth.

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Reds still dominate apple exports

Club varieties are too expensive when freight and duties are added.

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Ambrosia restrictions to end

By 2019, Ambrosia will be an open variety in both the United States and Canada. But it won’t do well in all locations, growers are warned.

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A direct link to consumers

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Direct marketers—those folks, mostly in the East, who sell most of the fruit they grow directly to consumers—have not been, for the most part, able to “join the club.”

On the other hand, they haven’t been

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Clubs are changing how apples are marketed — and priced

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The Honeycrisp apple is a Cinderella story. A somewhat homely apple, almost rejected from its own breeding program, is given a chance and is discovered by an adoring public and propelled on a rise to

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Clubs exclude many growers

Varieties are managed to create a controlled scarcity of product.

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New apple varieties excite consumers

But there's not room in the grocery store for all the contenders.

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Apple varieties from A to Z

Sink your teeth into this alphabet of apples

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Evan Kruse, Young Grower from Roseburg, Oregon

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grower / Roseburg, Oregon
age / 34
crops /  Diversified farm with fruits and hay
business / Kruse Farms
other experience / Fourth generation grower who also manages a large farm market

How did the family farm start?
Our family ended

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Will Honeycrisp become a victim of its popularity?

Will Honeycrisp become a victim of its popularity?

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Who’s going to sell all these apples?

And who's going to buy them?

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Corr: Consumers decide

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The June 2015 issue of Good Fruit Grower examines how new varieties are changing the economics of the apple industry.

When the domestic market tilts toward some varieties and away from others, the game changes. Growers

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How many apple varieties are too many?

The proliferation of new varieties is producer driven, not a result of pent-up consumer demand.

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China’s ag agency says yes to all varieties of U.S. apples

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that China’s agriculture regulatory agency has allowed access for all U.S. apple varieties, according to a news release today from Northwest Fruit Exporters.

Phytosanitary certificates for export will be available after

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Why go with Arctic GMO apple?

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

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Alegria chairs apple board

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Jon Alegria, president of CPC International Apple Company in Tieton, Washington, has succeeded Barbara Walkenauer of Selah as chair of the Washington Apple Commission’s board of directors for 2015-2016. Chelan grower Dave Robison is vice

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Apple imports from China allowed

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published a final rule that will allow Chinese apples to be imported into the United States, effective May 29.

The USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service completed a risk analysis

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France ships apples to U.S.

With an oversupplied European market, shippers are looking for new outlets.

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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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