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 [...]

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 [...]

Apple Lines – Todd Fryhover

  • August 1st, 2009

Adversity provides opportunity. This is the mantra for the 2008–2009 Washington apple season. We’re facing a world economic downturn, plummeting foreign currency exchange rates, import protectionism, static domestic apple demand, and the largest Washington apple crop in history—simultaneously. What more adversity could be heaped upon the Washington apple industry [...]

Good Point – Larry Lutz

  • August 1st, 2009

So, this is where it all began—the North American apple industry, that is.

Apples have been grown in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley since the French explorer Samuel de Champlain first settled at what is now Annapolis Royal in 1605. This was the first permanent European settlement in North America north [...]

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 [...]

  • From wines to spirits

From wines to spirits

  • July 1st, 2009

Rusty Figgins plans to be selling apple eau-de-vie and other clear, unaged brandy products later this year.

Berle “Rusty” Figgins, Jr., wants to be the first in Washington State to commercially produce and legally sell fine brandy made from Washington apples and grapes. He’s establishing distilleries in Ellensburg and Mattawa, [...]

Apple Matters

  • July 1st, 2009

USApple is continually exploring ways to effectively and efficiently move apple supplies. One key strategy is to encourage increased purchase of apples and apple products by the federal government—in particular, the U.S. Department of Agriculture—for federal feeding programs.

During the 2008 Farm Bill debate, USApple worked in support of a [...]

  • In search of superior apples

In search of superior apples

  • July 1st, 2009

Dr. Cameron Peace checks block of seedlings resulting from the intercrossing of parents that have been used in WSU’s breeding program.

Tree fruit geneticist Dr. Cameron Peace is planting 2,500 trees in Wenatchee, Washington, that he expects will play a role in the development of superior apple varieties.

The 4.5-acre apple [...]