7 billion apple slices sold

  • October 1st, 2011

Crunch Pak counts apple slices like McDonald’s counts hamburgers—and the count is nearing 7 billion slices sold since the company created the industry 11 years ago. It bills itself as the original and leading supplier of fresh sliced apples in the world.

Tony Freytag, a company founder and national marketing [...]

Futures market for concentrate coming soon

  • October 1st, 2011

The status of the long-awaited futures trading contract in apple-juice concentrate hasn’t changed. It’s still coming “soon.”

“We are extremely close to being there,” said Rita Maloney, with Minnesota Grain Exchange, which is the principal futures and options market for hard red spring wheat and is developing the apple juice [...]

  • Order out of chaos

Order out of chaos

  • October 1st, 2011

The Ditton Laboratory at East Malling was built in 1926 to conduct research on storage of tree fruits and develop cold storage regimes for apples and pears. It was designed to mimic a ship’s hold. It started out as an independent laboratory and later became part of the East [...]

  • Last Bite–Fuji, a world-class apple

Last Bite–Fuji, a world-class apple

  • October 1st, 2011

Fuji proved to be more difficult to grow and pack than Grady Auvil imagined. Fuji is in his right hand and Cameo in his left.

The late Grady Auvil, an orchardist at Orondo, Washington, was one of the state’s pioneers of Granny Smith, but it was Fuji, which came along [...]

An apple a day…

  • October 1st, 2011

Should apple growers follow the lead set by berries and fruits like tart cherries and use health ­benefits as a way to sell more apples?

That might be a useful strategy, says Dr. Dianne Hyson, the department chair in family and consumer science at California State University in Sacramento and [...]

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • September 1st, 2011

The tribute to John McIntosh appears on a blue plaque near Dundela, Ontario, Photo by Alan L. Brown. The lower plaquue is a tribute to the McIntosh apple, in the center of Dundela, Ontario. Photo by David and Kellie Clifford

While John Chapman was gaining his Johnny Appleseed nickname, gathering [...]

  • Twin leaders fill canopy quickly

Twin leaders fill canopy quickly

  • August 1st, 2011

Ray Fuller (right) and Andrew Del Rosario discuss a twin-leader block that Fuller planted in 2008. The trees were whips, which he headed back at planting so he could develop two leaders as the trees grew. The trees are Minneiska (trade name SweeTango) on Geneva 11 rootstocks.

When [...]

  • Horticulturist favors tall spindle

Horticulturist favors tall spindle

  • August 1st, 2011

Tall spindle plantings produce high early yields and are simple to train and prune.

There are numerous ways to grow apple trees, and many of them can be successful, says Dr. Terence Robinson, research ­horticulturist with Cornell University, New York.

“As I travel around the world, I see a number of [...]

  • Apple selections evaluated for postharvest performance

Apple selections evaluated for postharvest performance

  • August 1st, 2011

Starting about three weeks before anticipated harvest, fruit of each selection is tested weekly for starch conversion.
Washington Tree Fruit Research commission

The Washington State University apple breeding program is focused on developing novel apple varieties that will meet or exceed the quality of currently grown commercial varieties, both off [...]

European rule takes the shine off apples

  • August 1st, 2011

The European Union is refusing to accept apples treated with a wax containing morpholine or other amines, which means U.S. packers exporting to Europe need to switch to other types of wax or no wax at all.

The issue arose in 2010 after an independent laboratory test revealed morpholine residues [...]

First forecast of U.S. apple crop

  • August 1st, 2011

It takes true grit to try to assess the size and quality of the United States apple crop on the first day of summer, when the June drop still isn’t over and growers are ­making decisions about whether or not to thin one last time.

But each year, about 150 [...]

  • Buy local gets a boost

Buy local gets a boost

  • August 1st, 2011

Many growers have children in school and have been frustrated that their taxes have been paying for apples from competitors for school lunch programs.

The “buy local” movement got a shot in the arm this spring when the U.S. Department of Agriculture implemented a new rule allowing some buyers—especially schools—to [...]