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  • In My View – Jay Grandy

In My View – Jay Grandy

  • September 1st, 2009

The conversation among Pacific Northwest fruit growers tends to focus on the fresh market, where returns are generally more favorable. A very small percentage of apples and cherries are sold for processing—usually the lesser grade fruit. Pears are the exception. Winter pear marketing is consistent with apples and cherries, [...]

  • Early cropping pear system

Early cropping pear system

  • September 1st, 2009

Orchardist Gorham Blaine developed his steep V system for pears.

Pear grower Gorham Blaine has developed his own techniques for stimulating early production at his Dog River Ranch at Odell, Oregon.

With Bartlett, Bosc, and Comice, he plants the trees seven feet apart, and selects two shoots to train as leaders, [...]

  • Education eases growers into new era of pest control

Education eases growers into new era of pest control

  • September 1st, 2009

Dr. Jay Brunner (right) and the Pest Management Transition Project team have reached out to growers, consultants, and farmworkers.

by Keith R. Granger, Jay F. Brunner, and Nadine Lehrer, WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, Wenatchee, Washington

The Pest Management Transition Project, spearheaded by Dr. Jay Brunner at Washington State [...]

  • Pear export prospects

Pear export prospects

  • September 1st, 2009

A family samples USA pears in a supermarket in the city of Dubai. The United Arab Emirates is a significant market for USA Pears.

Jeff Correa, Pear Bureau Northwest

The Pear Bureau is looking forward to marketing one of the industry’s largest pear crops for the 2009-2010 season. With warm summer [...]

  • High density is tricky in pears

High density is tricky in pears

  • September 1st, 2009

OSU horticulturist Dr. Todd Einhorn is experimenting to find out the best angle to train branches of d’Anjou pear trees to discourage suckering and promote early fruiting.

Agricultural economist Clark Seavert devised the Competitive Orchard System several years ago to help pear growers lower costs and improve returns.

Seavert, former superintendent [...]

Quick Bites

  • September 1st, 2009

Big Gala crop

The Washington State apple industry expects to harvest 107 million boxes of fresh apples this fall, according to the first official estimate compiled in August. That would be a 2 percent drop from last season’s record 109-million-box crop.

The Gala crop will be the largest ever at close [...]

  • Pear access negotiations continue

Pear access negotiations continue

  • September 1st, 2009

The United States and China are each hoping the other will grant permission to export pears.

The United States has been requesting access to China for U.S. pears since the 1990s. On its part, China already ships two varieties of pears—Ya and fragrant pears—to the United States but wants access [...]

  • Center back on track

Center back on track

  • September 1st, 2009

The Port of Benton located the site for the Clore Center and has a long-term lease with the center’s board.

Since the founding directors kicked off a fundraising ­campaign for the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in 2003, the project has seen three executive directors, asked for some $3.5 [...]

  • Regina, the shy bearer

Regina, the shy bearer

  • August 1st, 2009

Manuel Ybarra of Quincy, Washington, and other Pacific Northwest growers learn about how to maximize Regina cherry production at the Omeg Orchard in The Dalles, Oregon.

The German cherry variety Regina has numerous good attributes but tends to crop lightly. However, it’s possible to overcome that, Lynn Long, Oregon State [...]

Good to Go

  • August 1st, 2009

Honeybee health
Honeybee specialists and native pollinator experts from around the country will discuss bee health and disease research during the Western Apicultural Society’s annual conference in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, ­California, August 17-20.

Other topics will include: beekeeping with minimal chemical input, cooperative rearing of local honeybee stocks, identifying pollinators [...]

  • Cherry revolution

Cherry revolution

  • August 1st, 2009

Growers learn about the UFO system in a cherry trial planted this spring at the orchard of Tim Dahle in The Dalles, Oregon.

Cherry production is going through a revolution, just as the apple industry did 30 years ago with new varieties, rootstocks, and training systems. But the revolution in [...]

Apple Lines – Todd Fryhover

  • August 1st, 2009

Adversity provides opportunity. This is the mantra for the 2008–2009 Washington apple season. We’re facing a world economic downturn, plummeting foreign currency exchange rates, import protectionism, static domestic apple demand, and the largest Washington apple crop in history—simultaneously. What more adversity could be heaped upon the Washington apple industry [...]