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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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In-orchard sorting

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Storing apples is expensive, and storing bad apples is even more so. If you’re going to toss out a cull apple, the best time to do it is immediately.

Some packers have gone to prestorage sorting

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Top 5 Technologies to use now

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New technologies that will allow orchardists to grow fruit more efficiently and deliver a better product to the consumer are becoming available. Below are five technologies that you can use now.
1 New chemistries
Two plant bioregulator products

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Crop load affects flavor of Honeycrisp

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Marketers says taste, rather than appearance, is what drives consumers to buy apples, and at a pre-harvest Honeycrisp field day in Washington, growers had a chance to compare apples picked from trees with a moderate

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Cider business flourishes

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Hard cider is a burgeoning industry in the Pacific Northwest, with 32 cideries at last count. But most people who learn how to make cider don’t give a thought to where they’re going to obtain the

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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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WSU offers tannin training for cider makers

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Washington State University is offering free online training for cider makers on how to test tannin levels in apple juice. Hard cider is one of the fastest growing segments of the alcoholic beverage market, and

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From Bologna to Wenatchee

Grower support was key in Stefano Musacchi’s decision to move to Washington State.

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Preparing for change

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When Dr. Stefano Musacchi arrived in Washington State in August, he knew the expectations were high.

Musacchi, a world-renowned pomologist from Italy, was appointed to a new position at Washington State University created with funding from

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Finding the sweet spot

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As a grower and marketer of premium tree fruits for the fresh market, Craig Campbell had to adjust his mindset when he got into the cider-making business.

For fresh apples, he carefully monitors fruit maturity so

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They like it fresh

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If you’re a person who doesn’t like tattoos and body piercings, looks suspiciously at people with dark skin, doesn’t like to hear people speaking languages other than English, and hates people who text message while

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Apple growers to harvest larger crop

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The U.S. Apple Association lowered its estimate of the size of the United States apple crop by 3.2 million bushels from an estimate it made August 1.

At its annual Crop Marketing and Outlook Conference in

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Learning from last season

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The 2012 U.S. apple crop holds some lessons for apple marketers, lessons that are not “intuitive.” For example, consumers will buy apples even at high prices.

Steve Lutz, executive vice president of the Nielsen Perishables Group,

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Michigan growers asked to support research

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The Michigan tree fruit industry is exploring the idea of creating a commission to collect money from growers to strengthen research efforts.

The new Michigan Tree Fruit Commission would be authorized to collect assessments from the

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Michigan apple growers appeal for pickers

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Seasonal workers able to pick apples are in somewhat short supply in Michigan this fall. Michigan Farm Bureau, working with the apple industry, has put out a call to farm labor contractors across the eastern

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