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

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  • Preventing pear rot

Preventing pear rot

  • May 15th, 2010

Dr. David Sugar, plant pathologist at Oregon State University, says the nitrogen and calcium levels in the orchard can affect the potential for decay in pears after harvest.

Orchard management can play an important role in ­minimizing postharvest decay in pears, says Dr. David Sugar, pathologist with Oregon State University [...]

Keeping cherry growing profitable

  • May 15th, 2010

A “dream team” of cherry researchers from across the nation is working on a project designed to help assure the profitability of the fresh sweet cherry industry in the future.

The project, entitled “A Total Systems Approach to Developing a Sustainable Stem-free Sweet Cherry Production, Processing and Marketing System,” was [...]

  • Exploring tunnels

Exploring tunnels

  • May 15th, 2010

To best use valuable space, Greg Lang planted rows close and trained trees tall and narrow into a fruiting wall. Above is the solid-set canopy delivery spray system that replaces conventional tractor-pulled sprayers.

Dennis Hoxsie has both moral support and helpful advice from Dr. Greg Lang, the Michigan State University [...]

  • Benefits of tunnels

Benefits of tunnels

  • May 15th, 2010

Greg Lang explains how he removes buds in order to develop a whorl of limbs around the tree axis.

High tunnels will reduce damage to sweet cherries from rain, birds, diseases, and insects, and reduce pesticide use. Under high tunnels, no sprays were needed over the last five years for [...]

Cherries still top summer produce item

  • May 15th, 2010

Market research conducted during the 2009 season on behalf of the Northwest Cherry Growers shows that cherries maintain the number-one retail produce spot during the month of July, with an average dollar per square foot contribution of $208, possibly the highest number that retailers see all year.

The Northwest Cherry [...]

  • Like firecrackers for the 4th of July

Like firecrackers for the 4th of July

  • May 15th, 2010

Hoxsie’s Farm Market is ideally located to serve a million tourists during the week of July 4—but he needs sweet cherries to attract them.

The National Cherry Festival drew a million people to Traverse City, Michigan, during the week starting July 4 last year, and, as the name says, it’s [...]

  • Wasps ruin cherry crop

Wasps ruin cherry crop

  • May 15th, 2010

The European paper wasp looks similar to a yellow jacket, but has a narrower body and longer hind legs.

Cherry growers in British Columbia, Canada, are battling a pest that last year forced several of them to walk away from their crop before ­picking.

The European paper wasp (Polistes dominulus) was [...]

  • Clonal research takes years and money

Clonal research takes years and money

  • May 15th, 2010

UC staff member Jorge Osorio Aguilar weighs grapes from a Syrah clonal selection under test for San Joaquin Valley conditions.

To a grower, the right wine grape clone can improve yield, advance or delay ripening, and reduce susceptibility to rots. For a winemaker, the right clone can add complexity to [...]

The KGB revealed

  • May 15th, 2010

In the late 1990s, Oregon cherry growers began planting pedestrian orchards, utilizing training systems developed in Europe to grow small trees that could be harvested without ladders. For growers, the incentive to plant pedestrian orchards included higher early yields, potentially higher yields at maturity, easier maintenance, better spray penetration, [...]

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. [...]

  • Cherries with stems

Cherries with stems

  • May 15th, 2010

The challenge is getting the cherry to separate at the upper abscission zone at the twig.

In the complex world of sweet cherries, one market is calling for light-colored sweet cherries with stems on for processing, and is willing to pay three to four times the normal processing price to [...]

Grape clones: Learn by doing

  • May 15th, 2010

Without published research on which grape clones are best suited to Washington State conditions, growers must rely on the experiences and knowledge of others.

Washington growers are encouraged to do their own clonal trials to learn what works best on their site, but should be prepared for many years of [...]