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

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Pear Bureau to work closer with sales desks

  • January 1st, 2011

A pear industry task force is recommending that the Pear Bureau Northwest and pear shippers and marketers work more closely together when setting up retail promotions on the domestic market.

The task force was established early in 2010, following a Pear Bureau strategic planning meeting, to review the way the [...]

Growing new grape leaders

  • January 1st, 2011

In recent years, the annual meeting of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers has expanded its educational sessions and trade show to make it the biggest wine producers’ venue in the Pacific Northwest. More than 2,000 wine industry members are expected to converge February 8-11 at the Three [...]

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • January 1st, 2011

Richared, one of the first red strains of Delicious, was such an exciting discovery that a box full was sent to U.S. President Herbert Hoover.

Red Delicious is a persistent apple. It started out 140 years ago as an unwanted seedling in an Iowa orchard and became the most widely [...]

Passion for research

  • January 1st, 2011

Cherries, with their sensitivity to rain at harvest time and market swings, are one of the riskiest and most volatile of tree fruit crops. John Carter may have lacked farming experience—especially with cherries—when he moved his family from southern California to Oregon 35 years ago, but he and wife, [...]

Learn how to get paid

  • January 1st, 2011

Increasing numbers of growers are reporting difficulty in getting paid for their grapes, a result of the trickle effect that the down economy has had on the farm. To help growers improve their chances of payment, a series of “Getting Paid” seminars is planned in ­Washington State.

The first “Getting [...]

Figuring out profitability

  • January 1st, 2011

High yields or high prices alone are not enough to ensure that a Gala apple grower will see a profit, two Washington State University ­agricultural economists report.

Drs. Karina Gallardo and Mykel Taylor recently published a WSU extension fact sheet estimating the costs of establishing and producing Gala apples in [...]

How to get paid for your grapes

  • January 1st, 2011

The down economy has had a ripple effect on the wine grape industry. Fewer restaurant meals and reduced entertaining budgets have slowed wine sales, backed up inventories, and bankrupted some wineries and distributors. All too often, growers who delivered grapes in good faith are being paid slowly, and, sometimes, [...]

Good time for renewal or expansion

  • January 1st, 2011

Honeycrisp apples flow through the new three-lane Compac packing line at Lake Ontario Fruit Company. The company expanded last summer, and found funding available at a good interest rate.

The United States fruit industry—especially the apple portion—is continuing its renewal program, replacing old varieties with new ones and revamping storage [...]

Smaller Washington grape crop in 2010

  • January 1st, 2011

A steady trend in juice grape acreage and reduced overall inventory of grape juice should lead to similar—or slightly higher—cash prices for the coming year, predicts agricultural economist Trent Ball. But he warns of big crops for ­Washington and New York in the coming year.

Ball, coordinator of Yakima Valley [...]

Chinese apple production still rising

  • January 1st, 2011

More are sold fresh. More than half the world’s apples are produced in China, a place where exact numbers are hard to find.      During U.S. Apple Association’s marketing and crop outlook conference this summer, Michael Choi, president of Zhonglu America Corporation, said apple industry [...]

Advocate for breeding program

  • January 1st, 2011

John Carter is known for his relentless dedication to goals.

Oregon grower John Carter has been involved in cherry industry trade groups and activities. But the one thing that stands out when talking to people about Carter is his passion for research, and, in particular, a Pacific ­Northwest cherry breeding [...]

  • Bin hauler becomes orchard platform

Bin hauler becomes orchard platform

  • December 1st, 2010

The Bin Bandit hauls bins during the harvest season, and a platform sits on it for use in thinning, pruning, and tree training.

A machinery manufacturer came to Lamont Fruit Farm three seasons ago, wanting to ­demonstrate a five-bin pickup system to see how the machine, developed as a harvest [...]