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

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  • Storing organic apples is not easy

Storing organic apples is not easy

  • February 15th, 2010

As Washington growers have ramped up production of organic apples, the volume of apples going into storage has also increased, and with it, the need to for longer storage. With few postharvest tools available for organic fruit, more research is needed to find ways to improve organic fruit storage, [...]

Questions to ask a prospective nursery

  • February 15th, 2010

Ask the following questions before choosing a nursery, ­suggests Cameron Nursery’s Paul Tvergyak.

Longevity—How long has the company been in business?

Reputation—Is the company reputable and known for square business dealings?

Guarantees and warranties—What are the guarantees and warranties that go with the trees?

Bud wood source—Where does it source its bud wood?

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  • Fireblight without antibiotics

Fireblight without antibiotics

  • February 15th, 2010

Orchards that have secondary bloom or have later-blooming varieties are more at risk for fireblight infection.

Controlling fireblight without antibiotics is doable, but it requires an integrated approach combining delayed dormant copper sprays with frequent applications of biological agents, says a plant pathologist from Oregon State University.

The antibiotics streptomycin and [...]

  • Scab control more challenging

Scab control more challenging

  • February 15th, 2010

Apple scab overwinters in infected leaves on the orchard floor. Spores from the dead leaves are produced in the spring and can cause primary infection of fruit.

The Michigan growing season was wet last year. As a result, apple growers had a tougher-than-usual time controlling scab. But the weather was [...]

Good to know – Rayapati

  • February 15th, 2010

Grapevine fanleaf, an infectious degenerative disease, is the oldest known viral disease of grapevines. It is believed that fanleaf virus originated from ancient Persia and spread to other grape-growing regions via transport of vegetative propagative materials. Consequently, the disease has become established as one the most serious and devastating [...]

  • Next-generation harvester

Next-generation harvester

The harvester has four suction tubes for each worker to use. Fruit travels up the tube to an electronic scanner on the platform. Packable fruit and culls go into separate bins.

After testing prototypes of their apple-harvesting system in Washington State in 2009, Picker Technologies and Oxbo are fine-tuning the [...]

Good Point – Robin Pollard

  • February 1st, 2010

Washington State’s wine community is gathering in Kennewick early this month to discuss a range of industry topics: from pest management and ­composting to label compliance and marketing. Alongside the seminars, there will be plenty of ­conversation about the economic challenges of the past year. Sales for many wineries [...]

  • New AVA has historic roots

New AVA has historic roots

  • February 1st, 2010

One of the original vines planted in 1917 by William Bridgeman, still in production today.

by Chelan David and Melissa Hansen
The Newhouse family always knew they had a unique site to grow grapes. But with the recent approval of the Snipes Mountain American Viticultural Area, a subappellation of Washington [...]

Washington wine industry should tell its story

  • February 1st, 2010

Although Washington State’s wine industry is well positioned in the current ‘value-driven’ wine market, a wine consultant from Napa, California, offers some suggestions to help build demand for Washington wines.

Barbara Insel, president of Stonebridge Research Group, spent a few days visiting vineyards and wineries from Washington’s Walla Walla Valley [...]

Wine market trends

  • February 1st, 2010

 About 250,000 wine SKUs (store keeping units) must funnel through fewer than 700 distributors to reach 450,000 wine-selling locations.

Wine producers are learning that in this down economy, it’s much easier to make the wine than sell it, says a Napa, California, wine business consultant.

Barbara Insel, president and CEO of [...]

  • Turn tasting room visits into sales

Turn tasting room visits into sales

  • February 1st, 2010

Winery owners must have solid financial management in place, says Barbara Insel, and that would include cutting out wines that are not profitable.

With a backlog of wine inventories clogging wine distribution channels, direct marketing offers wineries a chance to supplement sales and keep cash flow moving. A wine business [...]

  • Creating brand identity

Creating brand identity

  • February 1st, 2010

Pacific Rim’s wine portfolio includes dry and sweet Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer, and a few blends, but the brand identity of “Riesling Rules” pervades all communications.

In the hands of a creative marketer, 15 years of sweat and research can be boiled down to one word: BOING. That’s the tag [...]