• Large crop on Interpoma agenda

Large crop on Interpoma agenda

  • October 1st, 2014

Europe’s record apple crop and Russia’s ban on European imports will be on the agenda at Interpoma, a biennial congress and trade fair scheduled for November 20 to 22 in Bolzano, Italy.

Europe’s 2014 apple crop was estimated at 12 million tons, a 9 percent increase over the previous year [...]

East Malling appoints French researcher

  • October 1st, 2014

East Malling Research in Kent, England, has appointed physiologist Dr. Julien Lecourt to lead research into optimizing efficiency, yields, and postharvest quality in temperate tree fruit production.

Lecourt was previously at INRA (the National Institute for Agricultural Research) in Bordeaux, France, where he worked on a range of perennial crops.

Lecourt [...]

  • Nicholson is named new chair of U.S. Apple Association

Nicholson is named new chair of U.S. Apple Association

  • October 1st, 2014

Mark Nicholson of Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva, New York, has succeeded Chris Britton of Modesto, California, as chair of the U.S. Apple Association with Mike Wade of Wenatchee, Washington, as vice president.

Jon Alegria of Yakima, Washington, was appointed secretary, and John Graden of Cashmere, Washington, was reappointed treasurer. [...]

  • Jessica & Sara Ecker, Young Growers from Trempealeau, Wisconsin

Jessica & Sara Ecker, Young Growers from Trempealeau, Wisconsin

  • September 30th, 2014

ages / (Jess, on left in photo) 33, (Sara, on right in photo) 30
crops / Apples, blueberries, and peaches
education / Jessica graduated from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in architecture and Sara graduated from University of Wisconsin, Madison with an education degree
titles / (Jess) Marketing manager, (Sara) [...]

  • Good to the core

Good to the core

  • September 26th, 2014

I find myself consumed with the details in this issue’s cover — a brilliant painting by Cleveland artist Brooke Figer. Yes, it’s just a simple picture of an apple core, but I can almost taste the crunch in the thick, textured strokes. And I really love the title of [...]

Tree fruit associations close down

  • August 29th, 2014

Two long-established tree fruit organizations closed their doors on August 29 as they merged into the new Washington State Tree Fruit Association.

Neither the Washington Growers Clearing House Association nor the Wenatchee Valley Traffic Association will have staff working with the new association.

The staff at the other two organizations, Yakima [...]

Large crops impact pricing for processing apples

  • August 28th, 2014

The prospect of Washington State’s record apple crop, with more than 20 million bushels of sort-outs, is having an effect on the processing apple market.

Phil Pitts, who mans the sales desk for the Michigan Processing Apple Growers Association, said those bushels overhung the bargaining process with Michigan processors. He [...]