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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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Tree fruit associations close down

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Two long-established tree fruit organizations closed their doors on August 29 as they merged into the new Washington State Tree Fruit Association.

Neither the Washington Growers Clearing House Association nor the Wenatchee Valley Traffic Association will

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New Michigan commission signs agreement with university

Michigan growers pledge their money in return for assurances.

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Large crops impact pricing for processing apples

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The prospect of Washington State’s record apple crop, with more than 20 million bushels of sort-outs, is having an effect on the processing apple market.

Phil Pitts, who mans the sales desk for the Michigan Processing

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Apple crop is big worldwide

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United States apple growers are harvesting a big crop—the third largest ever—but that’s a small part of the big picture. The U.S. crop is only about 6 percent of world production, and there are lots

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Kevin & Mark Stennes, Young Growers from Pateros, Washington

Stennes twins talk about growing organics tree fruit operation.

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See WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp apple)

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Washington State University has scheduled two field tours where growers can see the growth habit of the Cosmic Crisp apple (WA 38 cultivar) and look at fruit quality at or near harvest. Both will take

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U.S. Apple estimates 264 million bushels

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The U.S. Apple Association is estimating a U.S. apple crop of 234.8 million bushels this year, down from 272.2 million last season.

Mark Seetin, who crunches the numbers for U.S. Apple, said marketing the new smaller

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Processors agree to price schedule for Michigan apples

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The Michigan Processing Apple Growers marketing committee has negotiated minimum apple prices with six apple processors.

The prices are $12.50 a hundredweight for hard varieties 2 ½ inches and up, and $10 for soft varieties of

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Washington apple producers hope to resume exports to China

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After being shut out of China for two seasons, some Washington apple producers will likely try to comply with a new, more onerous export protocol in an attempt to ship some Red and Golden Delicious

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USDA publishes proposed rule to allow imports of apples from China

The public has until September 16 to comment on the proposed rule.

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Washington expects a record apple crop of 140 million boxes

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Washington State orchardists expect to harvest 140 million boxes of apples this fall, almost 10 percent more than ever before and 20 percent more than last season.

But the record crop did not take the industry

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More apples coming

Apple supply worldwide could hit 100 million tons by 2025, up from 65 million now.

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How to retain the crop

Growers can’t afford to let expensive apples fall off the trees.

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Paperwork snafu halting H-2A workers at Mexican border

Up to 2,000 potential workers stymied at Tijuana crossing, another 800 stuck at Nuevo Laredo

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David Alvarez, Young Grower from Prosser, Washington

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age / 28
crops / Organic cherries and apples
title / Farm manager
business / Adolfo Alvarez Farm David works with his father, Adolfo, and his uncles.
education / Graduated from Prosser High School and learned from his family

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Pruning tips

The latest products and services for tree fruit and grape growers.

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How to grow Cosmic Crisp

WA 38 is grower friendly and should present minimal harvesting, storage, or packing problems.

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More apples being grown in Michigan cherry country

Michigan Pomesters look at ways to turn apple trials into real-world application.

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Nurseries struggle to meet demand

Growers are spending their profits on updating orchards.

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