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

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Pear promotions pondered

  • September 1st, 2010

A pear industry task force is looking at how the Pear Bureau Northwest might coordinate its domestic pear promotions with the companies supplying the pears.

The Pear Bureau works with 200 retailers around the United States to set up generic promotions for U.S. pears, leaving it up to the retailers [...]

  • Eastern growers can produce pears profitably

Eastern growers can produce pears profitably

  • September 1st, 2010

When planted in the tall spindle system, high density in itself reduced tree size, and the quince rootstock at right kept trees quite small.

The market for pears in the eastern United States is good, and Terence Robinson, Cornell University’s leader in the design and management of fruit orchards, thinks [...]

  • Pear breeding moves toward better varieties

Pear breeding moves toward better varieties

  • September 1st, 2010

Richard Bell works to develop better pears with the flavor of Bartlett and resistance to fireblight and pear psylla, and more precocious.

One of the problems with pears is their lack of precocity. They stay juvenile, taking up valuable space and waiting just too long to grow up and produce [...]

Good Job

  • September 1st, 2010

Scharlau joins grape board
Vicky Scharlau, executive director of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, has been elected to the board of the National Grape Clean Plant Network to succeed Tedd Wildman, owner of Stone Tree Vineyard near Mattawa, Washington.

The National Clean Plant Network was created by the [...]

  • NEW VITALITY  in New York

NEW VITALITY in New York

  • September 1st, 2010

Anyone having doubts about the vitality of the New York State fruit industry should have been on the International Fruit Tree Association’s summer study tour at the end of July.

Western New York’s assets were on display for three days as about 200 fruit growers from around the world viewed [...]

  • Use glyphosate  with caution

Use glyphosate with caution

  • September 1st, 2010

This stunted apple tree, which has a large basal canker, is in an orchard where the grower used glyphosate alone three to four times a year to control weeds. Cuts on the margin of the canker show healthy green tissue.

Growers often express concern that a herbicide program using glyphosate [...]

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 [...]

  • Apple Lines

Apple Lines

  • August 1st, 2010

John Baker, center, talks with supermarket staff in Dubai, a major market for Washington apples.

The Washington Apple Commission is running a training ­program for supermarkets in export markets to help retailers boost their sales of Washington apples and to ensure that consumers receive a high-quality product.

The commission began the [...]

  • Target fruit

Target fruit

  • August 1st, 2010

The optimized orchard system generates high production and high-value target fruit. The trees have little structural wood and are supported by an eight-wire trellis.

“If left alone, an apple tree will not develop a canopy that maximizes both light absorption and light distribution.  That is your job and your challenge [...]

  • Last Bite—Fruit first in Walla Walla

Last Bite—Fruit first in Walla Walla

  • August 1st, 2010

Is the young girl Frank Shields’s sister?

Walla Walla County in the southeastern corner of what is now Washington State is credited with having the first commercial apple orchard in Washington. In 1855, Ransom Clark filed a claim on a 640-acre tract, the first such claim under the provisions of [...]

  • Mechanical thin cherries

Mechanical thin cherries

  • August 1st, 2010

The Darwin string thinner is attached to the front of the tractor. The Bonner is in the background.
Mechanical thinning equipment has been tested for several years during bloom on apples and soft fruits, such as peaches and nectarines, but is now being tested prebloom for cherry thinning.

Two mechanical [...]