• Good to the core

Good to the core

  • September 26th, 2014

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 the crunch in the thick, textured strokes. And I really love the title of [...]

Tree fruit associations close down

  • August 29th, 2014

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 have staff working with the new association.

The staff at the other two organizations, Yakima [...]

Large crops impact pricing for processing apples

  • August 28th, 2014

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 Apple Growers Association, said those bushels overhung the bargaining process with Michigan processors. He [...]

Apple crop is big worldwide

  • August 28th, 2014

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 of apples elsewhere, especially in China.

And, more than usual this year, political events are [...]

  • See WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp apple)

See WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp apple)

  • August 26th, 2014

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 place about a week before anticipated harvest.

The first tour, on September 17, will begin [...]

USApple bumps crop size estimate to 263.8 million bushels

  • August 23rd, 2014

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 263.8 million bushels in its estimate. USDA puts the crop at 259.2 million.

It would [...]

Processors agree to price schedule for Michigan apples

  • August 20th, 2014

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 that size. No price was negotiated for juice or undersize apples.

Six processors are in [...]