Crop insurance closing deadline approaches

  • October 16th, 2014

Fruit growers in the Pacific Northwest are being reminded about the November 20 closing deadline for crop insurance for 2015 by the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA also announced several changes to the multi-peril crop insurance plan for pear growers.

Details about these changes are noted in the [...]

  • OSU hopes to fill David Sugar’s research position

OSU hopes to fill David Sugar’s research position

  • September 3rd, 2014

Growers and other stakeholders will meet on September 9 at Oregon State University’s Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center near Medford to discuss how a plant pathology research position might be filled.

Dr. David Sugar, who worked primarily on postharvest pear problems, retired from the station in May, leaving OSU [...]

  • A note about our latest Pear cover

A note about our latest Pear cover

  • August 27th, 2014

Readers who enjoy editor Geraldine Warner’s in-depth reports have a new reason to appreciate her talents.

When she’s not covering the tree-fruit industry, Geraldine is also an award-winning quilter. Last month, Geraldine created a Good Fruit Grower wall hanging, featuring a magazine cover with a pear, as a gift to [...]

Good Point: Success in pear marketing

  • August 27th, 2014

Change can be uncomfortable, but is unavoidable. One key to change is adaptation, being aware of and flexible to the trends of change. At the Pear Bureau Northwest, we strive to stay on top of trends. Success has followed.

Some of the areas where we are ahead include social media [...]

  • What a Gem! A pear that resists fire blight

What a Gem! A pear that resists fire blight

  • May 29th, 2014

Gem, a new fire blight-­resistant pear variety from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s breeding program, was officially released this spring.

The pear is medium sized with light green skin that turns to yellow when ripe. The skin can have up to 35 percent red blush. It does not russet under [...]