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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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Introducing Isaaq

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More than 30 people from seven European countries were in Bolzano in Italy’s South Tyrol region yesterday (September 4) to view and discuss the new apple variety Isaaq.
The variety (cultivar CIV323) was developed by Consorzio

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Michigan announces price schedule for processing apples

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Manageable apple crop forecast

Washington State apple producers expect to harvest 120 million packed boxes of apples this fall, according to the industry’s August forecast, the first official tally of the season.

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New spray concept proves feasible

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If we had to irrigate orchards by pulling tanks of water down the alleys, would we do it?

We do that now with pesticides and plant growth regulators, hauling loads of water with small amounts of

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New York apples names

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Those two new apple varieties formerly called New York 1 and New York 2 and now named SnapDragon and RubyFrost were named “the good fashioned way, with hard work.”

That’s according to Jeff Crist, vice chair

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Precise disease management is complicated

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Like insects, diseases develop in predictable ways based on ­growing-degree accumulations, but diseases are driven more by moisture than are insects, which makes management more complicated. For both insects and diseases, predictive models are used,

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Pears: A grower’s advocate

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Pat Burnett, who has been a fruit grower, packer, and marketer in his career—and for many years simultaneously—has always been a champion of the small grower.

Burnett was manager of the Peshastin Hi-Up fruit growing and

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New estimate pegs U.S. apple crop at 243.3 million bushels

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The U.S. Apple Association this week 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

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WSU apple breeder screens for fireblight resistance

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Washington State University’s apple breeding program is now screening seedlings and selections for fireblight resistance.

During WSU’s annual field day at Sunrise Orchard, near Wenatchee, this week, Dr. Kate Evans, pome fruit breeder, described her program’s

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Celebrating cider in Seattle

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The Northwest Cider Association is planning its third annual Washington Cider Week, a ten-day celebration of craft hard cider beginning September 5 in Seattle.

Fourteen Washington cideries will participate in the event, which features more than

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New York apples get their names: SnapDragon and RubyFrost

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Names have been given to two new apple varieties formerly called New York 1 and New York 2. The names are SnapDragon and RubyFrost.

Jeff Crist, vice chairman of the board of directors of NYAG (New

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Good Stuff

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Closer receives registration
Dow AgroSciences has received federal registration of its sulfoxaflor insecticide, sold under the brand name Closer, which is designed to control sap-feeding insects, such as aphids, in tree fruits and other crops. It

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Cider history repeated?

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Reputedly, hard cider is America’s historic beverage, once considered safer to drink than water and easy to produce since apples grow readily. In 1726, according to one source, average per-capita consumption of hard cider was

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How many apples?

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When the U.S. Apple Association convenes in Chicago later this month for the Apple Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference, three things will be on the minds of the more than 300 growers, packers, and shippers

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The Wafler-Cornell apple harvester

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This earlier prototype was photographed in August 2010, during an International Fruit Tree Association tour to Wafler Nursery. The new machine has a more finished look. Patent issues have limited picture availability.
Richard Lehnert

The owner of

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