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Lower costs and better vigor control make them attractive for high-density plantings.

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  • Northern Grapes Project gets $2.6 million in added funding

Northern Grapes Project gets $2.6 million in added funding

  • October 16th, 2014

The Northern Grapes Project has received an additional $2.6 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crops Research Initiative to complete the final two years of the multistate effort, which began in 2011.

The project, originally funded at $2.5 million but budgeted for $6.1 million over five [...]

  • European consumers like bicolored apples

European consumers like bicolored apples

  • October 15th, 2014

European consumers prefer bicolored apples and in some countries, including Germany, they associate dark red apples with mealiness.

European Fruit Magazine reported recently on research by Katrin Korsten from the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in Germany, who investigated whether consumers prefer a particular color of apple.

Consumers said they preferred [...]

  • Apple Commission reps are ready to promote large crop

Apple Commission reps are ready to promote large crop

  • October 14th, 2014

With a record crop of Washington apples, estimated at 140 million boxes or more, Todd Fryhover is hoping to see a significant boost in exports this season.

Last year, when the industry produced 118 million boxes, 37 million went to export markets.

Fryhover, who is president of the Washington Apple Commission, [...]

  • Michael L. Miller, 1947 – 2014

Michael L. Miller, 1947 – 2014

Mike Miller, 67, known for his infectious grin, had deep roots in Washington’s Yakima Valley agriculture.

His grandfather helped to bring irrigation water to land northeast of the Yakima River and his father was one of the first to plant wine grapes in Yakima Valley in 1968. Miller, who founded [...]