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  • 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 [...]

  • Let there be light

Let there be light

  • September 1st, 2009

Ideally, the long-term future will bring a dwarfing rootstock to enable pear growers to switch to more efficient production systems, but a more immediate need is to enhance production on the large trees they already have in the ground.
Dr. Todd Einhorn, horticulturist with Oregon State University in Hood [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • WANTED: dwarfing pear rootstock

WANTED: dwarfing pear rootstock

  • September 1st, 2009

Since the pear industry still lacks a dwarfing rootstock, Dr. Todd Einhorn is experimenting with ways to improve light penetration in standard pear trees.

A dwarfing pear rootstock—equivalent to a Malling 9 rootstock for apples or Gisela rootstock for cherries—is needed so that pear growers can improve production efficiency and [...]

  • 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, [...]

  • 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 [...]

Apple Lines – Todd Fryhover

  • September 1st, 2009

As we move together into another apple harvest, the Washington Apple Commission strives to evolve to mirror the ever-­changing export market requirements, matching international consumer tastes and preferences with Washington growers’ commitment to growing the Best Apples on Earth. To achieve our goals, we have made a few changes [...]

  • 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 [...]

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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • To head or not to head

To head or not to head

  • August 1st, 2009

Brandon Lewis (center) of Columbia Basin Nursery listens to Dr. Matt Whiting (left) and Mark Hanrahan (right) discuss the UFO cherry system.

In the original concept of Dr. Matt Whiting’s Upright Fruiting Offshoots system for cherries, the trees were unheaded at planting.

Traditionally, growers head cherry trees at planting, but Whiting believed [...]

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 [...]