Good to Know – Barritt, Evans

  • November 1st, 2009

Since 1994, Washington State University has strived to develop new apple cultivars with outstanding eating quality as quickly as possible. After 15 years, the WSU apple breeding program is releasing its first apple cultivar. The apple, currently known as WA 2, has outstanding eating quality, appearance, and productivity, and, [...]

Optimistic about the crop

  • November 1st, 2009

The Washington Apple Commission is focusing its export efforts this year on markets that have the potential to take more large-sized apples.

The commission is matching its strategy with the 2009 crop. The volume appeared to be below the initial industry estimate of 107 million boxes, commissioners reported at their [...]

  • WSU releases its first apple variety

WSU releases its first apple variety

  • October 1st, 2009

Retired WSU apple breeder Dr. Bruce Barritt checks another promising selection in an evaluation plot in a commercial orchard.
Washington State University has granted an exclusive license for its first apple variety to the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, which plans to make it available to any Washington State [...]

Apple Lines – Todd Fryhover

  • September 1st, 2009

As we move together into another apple harvest, the Washington Apple Commission strives to evolve to mirror the ever-­changing export market requirements, matching international consumer tastes and preferences with Washington growers’ commitment to growing the Best Apples on Earth. To achieve our goals, we have made a few changes [...]

  • Education eases growers into new era of pest control

Education eases growers into new era of pest control

  • September 1st, 2009

Dr. Jay Brunner (right) and the Pest Management Transition Project team have reached out to growers, consultants, and farmworkers.

by Keith R. Granger, Jay F. Brunner, and Nadine Lehrer, WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, Wenatchee, Washington

The Pest Management Transition Project, spearheaded by Dr. Jay Brunner at Washington State [...]

Quick Bites

  • September 1st, 2009

Big Gala crop

The Washington State apple industry expects to harvest 107 million boxes of fresh apples this fall, according to the first official estimate compiled in August. That would be a 2 percent drop from last season’s record 109-million-box crop.

The Gala crop will be the largest ever at close [...]

Swiss interested in Geneva stocks

  • August 1st, 2009

Fireblight-resistant apple rootstocks developed at Cornell University in Geneva, New York, could secure a place in the Swiss apple industry, members of the International Fruit Tree Association heard during their annual meeting in last February in Germany.

Dr. Simon Egger, horticulturist with the Agroscope-Changins Wädenswil Research Station in Switzerland, reported [...]

  • Growers can improve returns by leaving fruit in the orchard.

Growers can improve returns by leaving fruit in the orchard.

  • August 1st, 2009

To pick or not to pick

Low prices for small apples during the past ­season reinforced the notion that growers can make more money by leaving non­target fruit in the orchard, Washington apple industry ­representatives say.

“I think we’ve learned a very valuable lesson out of this year’s crop,” said Bruce [...]

  • Good crop on the tree

Good crop on the tree

  • August 1st, 2009

The Washington apple industry expects to harvest a crop of large, high-quality apples this fall, which is what buyers want.

“We’re seeing excellent size and excellent type,” said Bruce Grim, manager of the Washington Apple Growers Marketing Association.

A year ago, marketers were trying to make their old-crop apples eke out [...]

Autosorting at the orchard

  • August 1st, 2009

Technology that will be tested in Washington State this harvest could help apple growers sort out undesirable fruit in the orchard and avoid the costs of sending it to the warehouse.

Picker Technologies, LLC, a Washington-based company, and Oxbo Corporation of Wisconsin, are developing a picking platform designed not only [...]

Good Point – Jennifer Witherbee

  • August 1st, 2009

It’s almost time to send the Washington Apple Education Foundation’s 2009 crop of scholarship winners off on their college adventures.

I am excited to report that this year, 100 students will enter college campuses with financial support from the tree fruit industry. They include our future horticulturalists, engineers, lawyers, teachers, [...]

Good to Go

  • August 1st, 2009

Honeybee health
Honeybee specialists and native pollinator experts from around the country will discuss bee health and disease research during the Western Apicultural Society’s annual conference in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, ­California, August 17-20.

Other topics will include: beekeeping with minimal chemical input, cooperative rearing of local honeybee stocks, identifying pollinators [...]