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California cherry packers ready for new lines

  • May 20th, 2014

Two northern California cherry packers are using new grading and sorting technology for the 2014 cherry season. Both held open houses in April to show off the new equipment to growers and industry members.

Rivermaid Trading Company in Lodi installed a GP Graders Air Jet Defect Grader on a 40-lane [...]

Growth in California grape plantings

  • May 20th, 2014

There’s no slowdown yet in wine grape plantings in California. Growers in the state added around 21,000 acres of wine grapes last year, according to the latest report of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Total wine grape acreage in 2013 was 570,000, with 45,000 acres estimated to be nonbearing. Chardonnay [...]

  • Curtis Roy, Young Grower from Moxee, Washington

Curtis Roy, Young Grower from Moxee, Washington

  • May 19th, 2014

age / 24
crops / manages cherry and apple orchards
business / Roy Farms. Curtis is part of the fifth generation working the family farm.
education / BS in Agriculture Economics at Washington State University

Q: What was your path to farming?
Growing up, I saw Dad waking up at [...]

  • Club apples are in demand

Club apples are in demand

  • May 19th, 2014

Twenty years ago, Red Delicious apple production peaked in Washington at more than 60 million packed boxes. Just three varieties—Red and Golden Delicious and Granny Smith—accounted for 90 percent of the total crop.

Since then, Washington’s apple crop has doubled, Red Delicious production has halved, and more than 24 apple [...]

  • Beyond Honeycrisp

Beyond Honeycrisp

A number of new varieties that are coming to market are being touted as being better than Honeycrisp.

Pazazz, a variety developed by Doug Shelfelbine in his private breeding program in Wisconsin, originated from an open-pollinated Honeycrisp, according to Fred Wescott, who is commercializing the variety.

The striped red apple was [...]

Thurlby: Northwest cherry team on the go through first crop estimate

  • May 16th, 2014

The promotion staff at the Northwest Cherry Growers has been all over the globe over the past several months.

Likewise, the phone continues to ring with queries from media, retailers and importers asking how big the crop is going to be and from growers informing me that there is “great [...]