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Are you the employer of choice?

Three apple producers look to mechanization to help deal with potential labor shortages.

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Nursery is going out strong

Family operated Columbia Basin Nursery is selling its last trees.

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Ryan Swanson, Young Grower from Nova Scotia

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Ryan Swanson/ grower / Centreville, Nova Scotia, Canada

age / 37

crops / More than 130 acres of apples

business / Eisses Farms, Ltd.

education / Mount Royal University, Calgary

other experience / Learning from father and brother-in-law about the

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Organic apple growers are optimistic

Washington State will run out of organic apples this season.

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WSU announces drawing for WA 38 apple trees

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Washington State University will hold a random drawing to decide who will be able to plant WA 38, the latest variety from the university’s apple breeding program, during the first two years trees become available.

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Fire blight control without antibiotics

Lime sulfur and fish oil can help as part of an integrated strategy.

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Is there a better crab apple pollinizer?

No research is under way to evaluate pollinizers to replace Manchurian crab apple.

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Protecting your high-value crop

Orchard netting may be cost effective for high-value varieties like Honeycrisp.

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Commission: More MAP dollars mean cherries go farther

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The Washington State Fruit Commission is gearing up for a strong cherry crop in 2014. Though it’s too soon to estimate crop numbers, trees overwintered well and early indications point to a robust crop, which

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Bryan Mrachek, Young Grower, March 1, 2014

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Bryan Mrachek / grower / Malaga, Washington

age / 27

family farm / Lucky Bohemian Farms, which is owned by Laura and Mike Mrachek, Bryan’s parents

crops / Cherries, apples, wine grapes and blueberries

title / Farm Manager

other experience /

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New varieties stabilize the market

Consumers are buying more apples and paying more for them.

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New pests threaten IPM

Pest management programs have become softer and more stable over the past few decades, but new invasive pests could change that.

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Stinkbugs march on Washington

Brown marmorated stinkbug found in 20 counties in Washington and Oregon.

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Former grain grower tackles tree fruits

A Midwest farmer has improved an older orchard by focusing on the soil and tree nutrition.

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How well do you know your Honeycrisp disorders?

The good, the bad and the ugly

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Scientists trace red-flesh genes

Could red-fleshed varieties be developed for the nutraceutical industry?

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Honeycrisp: Don’t kill the golden goose

New red strains might disguise improper maturity

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Adjust Honeycrisp crop early

Overcropping Honeycrisp will result in poorly colored, poor-storing, and poor-tasting fruit.

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Packing capacity grows in Michigan

Michigan apple packers are in an expansion mode.

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Techniques & benefits of a fruit wall

Lower costs and better vigor control make them attractive for high-density plantings.

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Column: Now, more than ever, exports need to score!

As apple production increases, all regions of the country need to increase exports.

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Michigan’s best cider award winners

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Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill won Michigan’s annual sweet cider contest. Second place went to Hill Brothers Orchards and Cider Mill, Grand Rapids, and third to Engelsma’s Apple Barn and Cider Mill, Walker, both previous

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Labor worries

Michigan is at the north end of the migrant stream.

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Who will market WA 38?

Growers will be free to work with their regular packers and marketers and WSU will license them.

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Don’t give Honeycrisp away

Growers must deliver quality and marketers must hold out for high prices.

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Tips for storing Honeycrisp

As volumes increase, Honeycrisp will need to be stored longer.

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Retail sales of sliced apples continue to soar

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At first glance, apples, like eggs, seem endowed by nature with perfect packaging, but the ­market for fresh apple slices continues to grow.

“People thought we were crazy—people still think it’s crazy that people buy an

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Consider the market: Good Point

For a new apple variety to succeed, the marketer must understand what drives consumer and retailer preferences.

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Family business finds niche

The Tonnemakers say industry consolidation has left opportunities for small operators to sell directly to consumers.

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Sustainable organics

Jim Koan wants organic practices to be based on science, not politics.

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Jim Koan; A man of principle

Jim Koan, Michigan organic apple pioneer, is honored by the state’s Horticultural Society.

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A common sense organic approach

Silver Apple Award winner Ray Fuller approaches organic production from a scientific point of view.

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Crossing the border

Some B.C. apples moved south last fall, into Washington packing houses.

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Growers have less need for loans

Apple growers continue to upgrade orchards, and lenders stay willing to lend.

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Apples and the futures market

If the futures market catches on, apple growers might get paid more for sort-outs.

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Meet Chris Britton, USApple chair

Securing an adequate workforce is the organization’s number-one priority.

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Hort Association, grape growers bestow honors

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Silver Pear

Kent Christensen, president of Independent Warehouse, Inc., in Dryden, Washington, received the Washington State Horticultural Association’s Silver Pear Award during the association’s annual meeting in December. Incoming Hort President Steve Zediker, presented the award

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Entrepreneur focuses on apple picking

WSU graduate student Mark De Kleine is exploring ways to remove apples from the tree more quickly.

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Michigan’s Expo draws record crowd

Speakers focus on threats to bees, funds for experiment stations, and fruiting walls.

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What’s the best rootstock for Honeycrisp?

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The loss of a hillside of Gala trees in a big storm in 2009 opened up an opportunity for Michigan grower Joe Rasch to use that land to participate in a national trial evaluating Honeycrisp

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Hedging your bets

Michigan growers hear that everyone will be hedging their fruiting walls in five years to reduce their labor costs.

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Lottery planned for WA 38

Washington State University expects big demand for trees of its latest apple release.

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Entrepreneur focuses on apple picking

WSU graduate student Mark De Kleine is exploring ways to remove apples from the tree more quickly.

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Old Home x Bartlett?

Genetic fingerprinting reveals a case of mistaken identity.

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Grower sees bright future

Apples and cherries fit well together for this California grower.

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New Zealand’s ­audacious plan

The New Zealand pipfruit industry hopes to double its worth in the coming decade.

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WSU offers tannin training

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Washington State University is offering free online training for cider makers on how to test tannin levels in apple juice. The training teaches cider producers how to analyze their raw materials so that their cider

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Sweetie, Smitten, and Papple

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The belief that certain apples have superior value perhaps began when a slithery creature wiggled up to Adam and Eve, hissing, “Try this. It has a nice balance of sweetness and tartness, and a sinfully

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Simplicity is the key

Growers and pickers can’t afford down time.

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New apple harvester shows promise

DBR harvester gets big commercial test at Riveridge Land.

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