Techniques & benefits of a fruit wall

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


  • Washington Gov. Inslee kicks off 2014 cherry season

Washington Gov. Inslee kicks off 2014 cherry season

  • June 6th, 2014

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee kicked off the start of the 2014 cherry season at an appearance today with Rick Plath, president of Washington Fruit & Produce Co., at the company’s new cherry packing facility in Yakima, Washington.

Northwest cherry growers are expecting a large crop, the second biggest in history.

Plath [...]

  • Bill Schultz, Young Grower from Mattawan, Michigan

Bill Schultz, Young Grower from Mattawan, Michigan

  • June 3rd, 2014

age / 32
crops / apples, cherries, peaches, grapes, asparagus, and sweet corn
business / Schultz Fruitridge Farms, Inc. Bill works along with his parents and three siblings.
education / Learned from family on the farm along with business courses at Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Q: What was your path [...]

Corr: Skeena has edge in Round #2 Cherry estimate

  • May 29th, 2014

In their latest published estimate for the cherry crop, Northwest Cherry Growers remain bullish. This year’s crop is expected to be 40 percent over last year’s 14.3 million boxes.

The “Round #2″ forecast shows that the Skeena variety has the best set this year, while Rainiers show a drop in [...]

  • What a Gem! A pear that resists fire blight

What a Gem! A pear that resists fire blight

  • May 29th, 2014

Gem, a new fire blight-­resistant pear variety from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s breeding program, was officially released this spring.

The pear is medium sized with light green skin that turns to yellow when ripe. The skin can have up to 35 percent red blush. It does not russet under [...]

  • Leafroll virus is costly

Leafroll virus is costly

  • May 29th, 2014

Grapevine leafroll virus is very costly to growers, studies in major wine-grape-growing regions show.

Economists in New York, California, and New Zealand have looked at the costs of leafroll virus in recent years and all found that it significantly reduces yields, said Trent Ball, director of Yakima Valley Community College’s [...]

  • What makes  apple trees tick?

What makes apple trees tick?

  • May 29th, 2014

During his 40 years at Cornell University, Dr. Alan Lakso devised some oddly clever ways to figure out how fruit trees do the things they do.

For example, he used laser beams as artificial sunbeams to observe which kinds of leaves in apple trees capture the sunlight. Earlier studies had [...]

  • California nursery sales brisk

California nursery sales brisk

  • May 29th, 2014

California tree fruit nurseries are as busy as ever. For apple tree sales, there seems to be no slowdown in the buying boom yet, though cherry sales are stabilizing. Acreage downsizing has occurred in the soft fruit industry, which some believe will better position growers in the near future.

“It’s [...]

  • Geneva in Washington

Geneva in Washington

  • May 29th, 2014

Third-leaf Fuji on Malling 9 rootstock in unfumigated groundat Brewster, Washington. (Courtesy Tom Auvil)The following observations regarding replant-tolerant Geneva rootstocks have been made as a result of trials in Washington:• The high yields from these rootstocks can cause the scion to slide off the rootstock, especially when the trellis fails. [...]