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Italy’s growing heritage: 2014 IFTA Italy

Cooperation among small growers helps them compete and thrive.

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Orchards are well equipped: 2014 IFTA Italy

Large and small growers share their techniques in the South Tyrol.

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Sunburn in apples: A hot problem

Sunburn has been an increasing problem in Chile over the past 20 years.

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Lisa Perry, Young Grower from Odell, Oregon

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age / 26
crops / pears, apples, cherries, berries, peaches, nectarines
business / Cody Orchards and Farm Stand
other experience / Learning from her stepfather on the family farm

I’m a fourth generation fruit farmer. My father passed away.

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How to harvest and store WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) apples

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Earlier Good Fruit Grower articles have described the taste and horticultural traits of the recently commercialized apple cultivar WA 38. In this article, we want to focus on the unique qualities of WA 38 fruit

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Manage nutrients precisely

There are both environmental and economic advantages to matching fertilizer applications to the trees’ needs.

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Update your fertilizer strategies

When you’re ­fertilizing trees, visualize their root systems.

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Sweet Rosa Lynn

José Ramirez’s daughter is named after apple named after his wife.

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Arvid V. Monson 1941 – 2014

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Diversified grower, rancher, and founder of Goose Ridge Winery Arvid Monson, 73, died December 1. The long time Yakima Valley, Washington, cattleman will be remembered for his handshake business dealings and innovations in tree fruit

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Full meal deal

Seed meal may be more expensive than fumigation, but it has additional benefits.

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Who will pick the fruit? : 2014 Growers of the Year

Craig O’Brien designs his orchards to be attractive to workers.

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Collaborative approach: 2014 Growers of the Year

O’Brien brothers are known for their innovation and collaboration.

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Change is guaranteed: 2014 Growers of the Year

O’Briens say innovation is the key to survival on a family farm.

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Quiet innovators – 2014 Growers of the Year

Brothers Craig and Mike O’Brien have been testing the limits of tree density in an effort to maximize yields and stay competitive. Their innovative and inspiring approach has earned them the title of Good Fruit Growers of the Year.

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Distinguished Service Award: Harold Thome

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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

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Sweet Rosa Lynn

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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,

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Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

A shift from ladders to illuminated platforms allows pickers to work day or night.

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Sean Gilbert, Young Grower from Yakima, Washington

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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

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Mylar machine moves fast

Antonio Montoya invented a machine that takes most of the labor out of laying a reflective mulch.

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A tale of two harvesters

Two ladderless apple harvest machines vie for grower approval. They are now for sale.

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Organic fruit attracts customers

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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

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Reopening of Chinese apple market is welcome news for growers

Industry grateful as biggest apple crop ever prepares to ship.

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Fighting food fraud with forensics

Each apple has a chemical fingerprint that links it to the place it was grown.

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USDA Announces Loss Adjustment for Late Apple Harvest

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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)

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Alex Chinchiolo, Young Grower from Ripon, California

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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

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China opens to Washington State apples

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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

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SnapDragon hits store shelves in November

RubyFrost will go to market in January.

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Mission to Kazakhstan

Young Kazakhs are being trained in horticulture to help them improve orchard production.

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Prune out dead crab apple tissue

Reduce disease risk by pruning crab apple trees.

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Research tackles decay issue

A new project will focus on controlling decay and finding pollinizers that are not disease hosts.

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Market trends favor apples

Changing demographics and eating habits open opportunities for apples.

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Stemilt to manage new Minnesota apple

MN55 offers Honeycrisp qualities a month earlier.

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European consumers like bicolored apples

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European consumers prefer bicolored apples and in some countries, including Germany, they associate dark red apples with mealiness.

European Fruit Magazine reported recently on research by Katrin Korsten from the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in

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Marketer is smitten

Randy Steensma thinks the New Zealand apple Smitten has a big future.

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Growers and consumers like the look of WA 38

Growers to plant WA 38 in 2017

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Apple Commission reps are ready to promote large crop

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With a record crop of Washington apples, estimated at 140 million boxes or more, Todd Fryhover is hoping to see a significant boost in exports this season.

Last year, when the industry produced 118 million boxes,

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24 lucky Cosmic Crisp winners

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Washington State University has announced the winners of a drawing held to decide who will be able to purchase the first trees of the new apple variety Cosmic Crisp (WA 38 cultivar), which will be

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Cider demand outstrips supply

It takes the right fruit to produce good hard cider.

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Expect to wait for cider apple trees

Most major nurseries don’t carry cider apples in their inventories.

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The hard trials of growing cider apples

Be prepared for a large investment and modest yields.

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Worldwide apple crop looking big

China is expecting record harvest.

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An early Honeycrisp debuts

A new strain ripens three weeks earlier than the standard Honeycrisp.

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Large crop on Interpoma agenda

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Europe’s record apple crop and Russia’s ban on European imports will be on the agenda at Interpoma, a biennial congress and trade fair scheduled for November 20 to 22 in Bolzano, Italy.

Europe’s 2014 apple crop

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East Malling appoints French researcher

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East Malling Research in Kent, England, has appointed physiologist Dr. Julien Lecourt to lead research into optimizing efficiency, yields, and postharvest quality in temperate tree fruit production.

Lecourt was previously at INRA (the National Institute for

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Nicholson is named new chair of U.S. Apple Association

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Mark Nicholson of Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva, New York, has succeeded Chris Britton of Modesto, California, as chair of the U.S. Apple Association with Mike Wade of Wenatchee, Washington, as vice president.

Jon Alegria of

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Jessica & Sara Ecker, Young Growers from Trempealeau, Wisconsin

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ages / (Jess, on left in photo) 33, (Sara, on right in photo) 30
crops / Apples, blueberries, and peaches
education / Jessica graduated from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in architecture and Sara graduated from University of

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Tastefully written: Author takes us on a tour of apples

Apples of Uncommon Character is aimed at general readers, but growers too will enjoy Jacobsen’s comments about the apple’s history and enduring appeal.

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New Zealand apple Koru finds fans

Koru brand apples will be produced in Washington and New York.

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Good to the core

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I find myself consumed with the details in this issue’s cover — a brilliant painting by Cleveland artist Brooke Figer. Yes, it’s just a simple picture of an apple core, but I can almost taste

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Retirements reduce Cornell’s tall spindle apple team

Stephen Hoying, Alison DeMarree both joined program in 1982.

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