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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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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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