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

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  • June 1st, 2010

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  • New rules govern Michigan irrigators

New rules govern Michigan irrigators

  • June 1st, 2010

Last July, new rules in Michigan required most would-be irrigators to get permission to withdraw water either from groundwater using wells or from flowing streams and rivers.

This was shocking in itself, for Michigan is a riparian state in which both surface and groundwater used to be freely available to [...]

  • Mulches can conserve water

Mulches can conserve water

  • June 1st, 2010

Research in the Pacific Northwest suggests that mulch placed in the tree row can cut a young apple tree’s water needs by more than 50 ­percent.

Dr. Eugene Hogue, a retired researcher with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in British Columbia, Canada, conducted experiments using a paper slurry mulch that hardens [...]

Good to Go

  • June 1st, 2010

Cherry Variety Showcase July 8
The annual Cherry Variety Showcase will be held July 8 at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center in Benton Harbor. The showcase starts at 4 p.m. with variety displays and commentary. Speakers will include Dr. Greg Lang, Michigan State University; Dr. Robert Andersen, [...]

  • Bringing the desert back

Bringing the desert back

  • June 1st, 2010

Small plastic cage sleeves were used to protect the native seedlings from herbivores like rabbits.

Eastern Washington vineyards, with their scant rainfall and location in a high desert, are harsh environments for cover crops. It’s a challenge to get cover crops established and keep them alive when most vineyards use [...]

  • NW questions cherry fruit fly quarantine

NW questions cherry fruit fly quarantine

  • June 1st, 2010

The western cherry fruit fly has not been found in California’s cherry-growing districts.

State officials in Oregon and Washington say ­California’s quarantine requirements for the Western cherry fruit fly are unjustified.

Helmuth Rogg, supervisor of the Oregon State Department of Agriculture’s Insect Pest Prevention and Management Program, said California has imposed [...]

Good Job

  • June 1st, 2010

WSU team writes “best paper”
Washington State University Extension enologist Jim Harbertson and colleagues received an award for the 2009 Best Paper in Enology from the American Society of Enology and Viticulture. The paper, “Chemical and Sensory Effects of Saignée, Water Addition, and Extended Maceration on High Brix Must,” [...]

  • The instant orchard

The instant orchard

  • June 1st, 2010

Dale Goldy explains how large branches are removed and upright branches tied down to prevent competition with the central leader. This Honeycrisp block was planted in 2008 using nursery trees.

Dale Goldy, horticulturist with Stemilt Growers, Inc., in Washington State, has the same objective as Auvil Fruit Company when establishing [...]

In the Box

  • June 1st, 2010

Starting new trees
Dear Good Fruit Grower:

Kudos to you and Tim Smith for helping growers get their trees started right. Regarding your article “Getting trees off to a good start,” in the May 1 issue of Good Fruit Grower, you are spot on with the recommendation “to apply just [...]

  • Last Bite – Low-grade labels highly valued

Last Bite – Low-grade labels highly valued

  • June 1st, 2010

Labels of “cooker” grade or C grade apples were usually green, yellow, or white. Today, collectors will often pay more for these rarer labels.

The color of an apple box label generally determined the grade of the fruit. A blue label meant Extra Fancy, a red label meant the second [...]

  • The organized orchard

The organized orchard

  • June 1st, 2010

Each tree is allowed to have only one limb on each wire, and the limb is headed halfway to the next tree to avoid overlapping limbs. This results in a canopy with minimal structural wood and clearly defined windows.

It’s bloom time at Auvil Fruit Company’s ranch at Vantage, Washington, [...]

Wanted: Endangered apples

  • May 15th, 2010

Walking through the Maine Heritage Orchard in Unity, Maine, is like walking through a Noah’s Ark for apples. The orchard, maintained by the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association, is filled with endangered apple varieties grafted onto stock apple trees, sometimes up to ten varieties on a single tree. [...]