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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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Which is better for growing apples, angled or upright?

Growers and researchers weigh in.

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Honeycrisp: Grow it, then crop it

Although growers want to reap early returns from their Honeycrisp plantings, they need to let the trees grow first.

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Spreading shoots of young apple trees

Proper spreading of shoots and branches is an important step in developing a productive orchard.

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Choose the right rootstock for Honeycrisp

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The ideal rootstock for Honeycrisp is one that promotes moderate tree vigor along with good productivity, says Dr. Terence Robinson, horticulturist at Cornell University, New York.

Many growers who are using the precocious dwarfing Malling 9

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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.

Washington

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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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