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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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USApple bumps crop size estimate to 263.8 million bushels

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The U.S. Apple Association says there are more apples out there than the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated on August 12.

USApple added 4.6 million bushels to the USDA number, pushing the national crop size to

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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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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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Nurseries fund East Malling research

INN will provide funding for rootstock development.

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Consumers rate Cosmic Crisp (WA 38)

After the apples had been stored for several months, consumers preferred the taste and texture of WA 38 over Honeycrisp.

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Good, better, best? The quest for better apple rootstocks

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There is likely not a “best” apple rootstock, though the replant-tolerant Geneva rootstocks (G.41, G.214, G.935, G.210, G.30, G.890) are much better than the available standards of Budagovksy 9, Mark, Malling 9 clones, M.26 and

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Building for the apple boom

Washington’s apple production has ramped up faster than expected.

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High demand for trees

There seems to be no letup in growers’ desire to plant more apple trees.

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More varieties on the way

Higher-quality apples should increase consumption and expand trade.

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Breeding becomes more efficient

Genetic markers are available for predicting many fruit traits, but nothing can replace the human palate.

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Beyond Honeycrisp

Several new varieties are coming to market with high expectations.

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Bill Schultz, Young Grower from Mattawan, Michigan

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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

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SweeTango’s saga

New apples don’t come with owner’s manuals.

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What makes apple trees tick?

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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

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Geneva in Washington

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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

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

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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

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Washington vineyards, orchards change hands

Sagemoor’s cherries, apples, plus well-established wine grapes attract new owners.

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Curtis Roy, Young Grower from Moxee, Washington

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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

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Club apples are in demand

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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

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Beyond Honeycrisp

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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

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Thinning apples with more confidence

Apple thinning gets more predictable as scientists gain understanding.

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Harvesting the light to drive production

Fruit growers have gotten much better at it during the last 40 years.

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A-Mazing new technology

Novel spraying system is incorporated into a maze built of rows of apple trees.

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How much pheromone for codling moth?

Researcher finds codling moths need much less perfume to disrupt their mating.

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Growers advised to prune crab apples (VIDEOS)

Dealing with Manchurian crab apple postharvest storage diseases

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Opal apple verified as non-GMO

FirstFruits seeks to head off confusion with a GMO apple that might be approved.

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Is fresh best?

Study shows processed fruits and vegetables can be a good option.

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USApple president visits the other Washington

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Jim Bair, president of the U.S. Apple Association, visited Washington State this week for the first time since taking over the helm of the organization from Nancy Foster at the beginning of this year.

Bair, who

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Evaluating technology for orchard use

New orchard technologies must be compatible with high production, said grower Jerry Haak.

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Be careful in adopting summer hedging to build fruiting walls

A Pennsylvania researcher warns growers south of New York, where trees grow more vigorously, that they might want to take a cautious approach on adoption of summer pruning and shearing to create fruiting walls.

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Growers face land constraints

Fruit growers in British Columbia , Canada, may still stand tall as leaders in high-density orchard systems, but they can only wonder at the enormity of the Washington apple industry across their southern border.

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Managing Honeycrisp nutrition

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Balancing the crop load is particularly important with Honeycrisp, which is more susceptible than other apple varieties to problems involving mineral nutrition.

The fruit disorder bitter pit, which is associated with low calcium levels, can be

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