• Bill Schultz, Young Grower from Mattawan, Michigan

Bill Schultz, Young Grower from Mattawan, Michigan

  • June 3rd, 2014

age / 32
crops / apples, cherries, peaches, grapes, asparagus, and sweet corn
business / Schultz Fruitridge Farms, Inc. Bill works along with his parents and three siblings.
education / Learned from family on the farm along with business courses at Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Q: What was your path [...]

  • What makes  apple trees tick?

What makes apple trees tick?

  • May 29th, 2014

During his 40 years at Cornell University, Dr. Alan Lakso devised some oddly clever ways to figure out how fruit trees do the things they do.

For example, he used laser beams as artificial sunbeams to observe which kinds of leaves in apple trees capture the sunlight. Earlier studies had [...]

  • Geneva in Washington

Geneva in Washington

  • May 29th, 2014

Third-leaf Fuji on Malling 9 rootstock in unfumigated groundat Brewster, Washington. (Courtesy Tom Auvil)The following observations regarding replant-tolerant Geneva rootstocks have been made as a result of trials in Washington:• The high yields from these rootstocks can cause the scion to slide off the rootstock, especially when the trellis fails. [...]

  • I’m Cosmic Crisp, says apple formerly known as WA 38

I’m Cosmic Crisp, says apple formerly known as WA 38

  • May 21st, 2014

 

Clarification appended.

The much anticipated WA 38 apple variety will go by the brand name Cosmic Crisp, Washington State University announced today.

The university also unveiled a new web page for the variety.

The name derives from little spots that look like starbursts, said Carolyn Ross, associate professor in the WSU School [...]

  • Curtis Roy, Young Grower from Moxee, Washington

Curtis Roy, Young Grower from Moxee, Washington

  • May 19th, 2014

age / 24
crops / manages cherry and apple orchards
business / Roy Farms. Curtis is part of the fifth generation working the family farm.
education / BS in Agriculture Economics at Washington State University

Q: What was your path to farming?
Growing up, I saw Dad waking up at [...]

  • Club apples are in demand

Club apples are in demand

  • May 19th, 2014

Twenty years ago, Red Delicious apple production peaked in Washington at more than 60 million packed boxes. Just three varieties—Red and Golden Delicious and Granny Smith—accounted for 90 percent of the total crop.

Since then, Washington’s apple crop has doubled, Red Delicious production has halved, and more than 24 apple [...]

  • Beyond Honeycrisp

Beyond Honeycrisp

A number of new varieties that are coming to market are being touted as being better than Honeycrisp.

Pazazz, a variety developed by Doug Shelfelbine in his private breeding program in Wisconsin, originated from an open-pollinated Honeycrisp, according to Fred Wescott, who is commercializing the variety.

The striped red apple was [...]