How to harvest and store WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) apples

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On tour to see sweet cherries

  • August 1st, 2010

Michigan State University horticulturist Dr. Greg Lang visited Stefano Musacchi in Italy in 2008, and subsequently invited him to speak at the International Fruit Tree Association annual conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in March. Musacchi joined the IFTA tour of Lang’s work with fruiting walls of sweet cherries growing [...]

  • Minnesota growers feel excluded

Minnesota growers feel excluded

  • August 1st, 2010

A key question for Minnesota growers is whether SweeTango is a club, niche apple of minor consequence or a “Honeycrisp killer” destined for the mainstream.

Fred Wescott, who grows apples and operates Wescott Orchards and Agri Products, a packing facility in Elgin, Minnesota, told Good Fruit Grower that the exclusive [...]

  • High density apple systems cost more

High density apple systems cost more

  • August 1st, 2010

The Michigan study compared three systems—from left, central leader, vertical axe, and tall spindle.

It costs a lot of money to put in a new apple orchard in Michigan, and it takes 9 to 12 years to recover all the expenses incurred up until then. High density systems cost more [...]

  • Storing Honeycrisp

Storing Honeycrisp

  • August 1st, 2010

A new CA control system supplied by Storage Control Systems, Sparta, Michigan, was installed at Michigan State University in 2008. Employee Dan Boozer is pictured. The new lab contains individual cabinets in which small lots of fruit can be held under tightly controlled conditions.

As more and more Honeycrisp apples [...]

  • Bi-axis system fits the fruiting wall concept

Bi-axis system fits the fruiting wall concept

  • August 1st, 2010

Bibaum (divided trunk) pears are grown at the Ferrara fruit research station in Italy

Fruit growers who adopt a spindle style of tree—tall, narrow cylinder shapes—believe the resulting fruiting walls will lend themselves to mechanization and lower their labor costs, with pruning and harvesting being done by workers on mobile [...]

  • Montana apples

Montana apples

  • August 1st, 2010

The Swanson family’s Mountain View Apple Orchards is located in the Bitterroot Valley, where pioneers from the eastern United States established the first orchards

The Swanson family had one of the first apple orchards planted in western Montana and has one of the few remaining. And Lukas Swanson, great-grandson of [...]

There’s promise in new pruning method

  • August 1st, 2010

Michigan State University horticulturist Dr. Greg Lang visited Stefano Musacchi in Italy in 2008, and subsequently invited him to speak at the International Fruit Tree Association annual conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in March. Musacchi joined the IFTA tour of Lang’s work with fruiting walls of sweet cherries growing [...]

Nitrogen fertilization in apples

  • August 1st, 2010

Even after years of scientific research, getting the correct level of nitrogen into apple trees remains in many ways an art.

Lailiang Cheng, a researcher at Cornell University since 2000, has dedicated his career to helping growers make the right choices. He does the scientific studies, and he also helps [...]

Advantages of foliar nitrogen

  • August 1st, 2010

Foliar applications of nitrogen have a number of advantages, says Dr. Lailiang Cheng, a Cornell ­University scientist.

Combined with tissue analysis, foliar application lets growers respond in a more precise and immediate way than using soil application. Nitrogen can easily be spoon fed to trees in small doses along with [...]

Nutrient needs by apple trees

  • August 1st, 2010

Getting the right nutrient levels in the orchard starts with answering the basic questions: How much of each element does a tree need, and when does it need it?

For Lailiang Cheng at Cornell University, answering the question was a matter of exerting total control and then measuring.

In a series [...]

Getting it ripe

  • July 1st, 2010

The following viticulture strategies are recommended by Hogue Ranches and Mercer Estates’ Rick ­Hamman to help growers ripen wine grapes in eastern ­Washington Stat

Trellis for quality sunlight and mechanization. Use modified vertical shoot position system with east canopy wires only positioned, or use three-wire fixed vertical shoot position system, [...]

  • A grower reaches out to consumers

A grower reaches out to consumers

  • July 1st, 2010

Rosa Lynn is a chance seedling discovered on Washington’s Royal Slope. The fruit stores well.

If you discover an exciting new apple variety and want it to succeed, it’s going to take more than just delivering it to the warehouse, a marketer says.

Dain Craver has been traveling the country promoting [...]