Techniques & benefits of a fruit wall

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  • 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 [...]

  • Line built specially for Rainiers

Line built specially for Rainiers

  • October 1st, 2014

Chelan Fruit Cooperative, one of the largest packers of Rainier cherries in Washington State, built a new packing facility this year that was specially designed to handle the delicate yellow cherry variety.

Chelan Fruit, which has 300 grower members, was set to pack about 9,500 tons of cherries this year, [...]

  • Online cherry promotion earns campaign of the year honor

Online cherry promotion earns campaign of the year honor

  • October 1st, 2014

Northwest Cherry Growers and two Chinese online retailers, Fruitday and Tmall, have received Asia Fruit Logistica’s Marketing Campaign of the Year Award for their joint promotion of Northwest cherries last season.

Consumers ordered cherries via Tmall’s online platform and received them within 48 to 72 hours. Around 200 tons of [...]

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 [...]

Inmates help with grape research

  • September 12th, 2014

Most spider mite research projects involve the tedious work of counting spider mites—peering down a microscope to count tiny specks on leaves.

Some would even call it cruel and unusual punishment. But a Washington State University researcher has found a workforce that enjoys the monotonous work, and he’s even saving [...]