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  • Hot spot for Pinot Noir

Hot spot for Pinot Noir

  • August 1st, 2009

Lois and Mike Thiede’s Ginkgo Forest Winery is near the Petrified Ginkgo Forest State Park. They have planted hundreds of ginkgo trees near the winery to create their own “ginkgo forest.”

What started out as a challenge to prove someone wrong turned into an award-winning Pinot Noir wine—made in the [...]

  • Growers can improve returns by leaving fruit in the orchard.

Growers can improve returns by leaving fruit in the orchard.

  • August 1st, 2009

To pick or not to pick

Low prices for small apples during the past ­season reinforced the notion that growers can make more money by leaving non­target fruit in the orchard, Washington apple industry ­representatives say.

“I think we’ve learned a very valuable lesson out of this year’s crop,” said Bruce [...]

Buyer’s Guide Listings – 2009-2010

  • August 1st, 2009

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  • Good crop on the tree

Good crop on the tree

  • August 1st, 2009

The Washington apple industry expects to harvest a crop of large, high-quality apples this fall, which is what buyers want.

“We’re seeing excellent size and excellent type,” said Bruce Grim, manager of the Washington Apple Growers Marketing Association.

A year ago, marketers were trying to make their old-crop apples eke out [...]

Quick Bites

  • August 1st, 2009

EQIP deadline
The Natural Resources Conservation Service has funds to help growers meet the cost of implementing conservation practices, including the installation of windbreaks and beneficial insect habitat plantings, updating an irrigation system, or for pest –management or nutrient management projects. The funds are offered through the federal Environmental [...]

Swiss interested in Geneva stocks

  • August 1st, 2009

Fireblight-resistant apple rootstocks developed at Cornell University in Geneva, New York, could secure a place in the Swiss apple industry, members of the International Fruit Tree Association heard during their annual meeting in last February in Germany.

Dr. Simon Egger, horticulturist with the Agroscope-Changins Wädenswil Research Station in Switzerland, reported [...]

Autosorting at the orchard

  • August 1st, 2009

Technology that will be tested in Washington State this harvest could help apple growers sort out undesirable fruit in the orchard and avoid the costs of sending it to the warehouse.

Picker Technologies, LLC, a Washington-based company, and Oxbo Corporation of Wisconsin, are developing a picking platform designed not only [...]

  • New peach varieties

New peach varieties

  • August 1st, 2009

FlavrBurst has less acidity than typical peach varieties.

SummerFest and FlavrBurst are two new peach varieties created by fruit breeder Dr. Ralph Scorza at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia. They have been released through cooperative research with Adams County Nursery, Inc., in Aspers, Pennsylvania. Plant patents [...]

Pear crop is large, but not a record

  • July 1st, 2009

Pacific Northwest pear growers are expecting to harvest a large, but not record winter pear crop this fall.

The industry’s first official crop estimate, compiled in late May, is for 14.75 million boxes of fresh winter pears, of which 10.4 million boxes should be d’Anjou pears. That’s an 11 percent [...]

Northwest reports record cherry crop

  • July 1st, 2009

The first official estimate of the 2009 Northwest sweet cherry crop was a record 16 million boxes, which would be a significant jump from last year’s crop. As the season got under way, reports from horticulturists indicated that it could be as large as 18 million.

Representatives of the five [...]

  • From wines to spirits

From wines to spirits

  • July 1st, 2009

Rusty Figgins plans to be selling apple eau-de-vie and other clear, unaged brandy products later this year.

Berle “Rusty” Figgins, Jr., wants to be the first in Washington State to commercially produce and legally sell fine brandy made from Washington apples and grapes. He’s establishing distilleries in Ellensburg and Mattawa, [...]

Apple Matters

  • July 1st, 2009

USApple is continually exploring ways to effectively and efficiently move apple supplies. One key strategy is to encourage increased purchase of apples and apple products by the federal government—in particular, the U.S. Department of Agriculture—for federal feeding programs.

During the 2008 Farm Bill debate, USApple worked in support of a [...]