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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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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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