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Video: Pear Bureau Northwest new website focuses on pear sales

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Pear Bureau Northwest has launched a redesigned trade website focused on the business of pears to grow pear sales.

Visitors to www.trade.usapears.org will find information about pear varieties and availability, marketing trends and research, and promotion

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300 pages on pears

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The Book of Pears is a fine resource for the pear aficionado. Author Dr. Joan Morgan painstakingly traces the history of the pear, starting with wild pear species and proceeding through the ages to the

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Catherine Kiyokawa, a Young Grower from Parkdale, Oregon

Catherine is a fourth-generation farmer. Her grandfather, Mamoru Kiyokawa, started growing tree fruit on the farm. Catherine works closely with her father, Randy, and older brother Cameron.

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Keeping pears firm

More research ahead for compound to improve pear firmness.

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Impact of imports

Fresh apples, pears and sweet cherries hold their own for U.S. producers.

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New focus on grade standards

Hort council aims for industry involvement to help monitor other nations’ quality metrics.

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After the Washington fires

Packers work with insurers to recover from two wildfires that struck central Washington.

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Process Pear Committee nominations scheduled

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Nominations for grower and handler positions on the Processed Pear Committee, which is administered by the Washington State Fruit Commission, will take place during industry meetings in December and January. The committee manages federal marketing

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Pear Bureau’s Kennedy honored among produce industry young leaders

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Pear Bureau Northwest, the non-profit marketing organization that represents the 1,600 pear growers of Oregon and Washington (home to 84 percent of the U.S. fresh pear crop),  announced that that Lynsey Kennedy, the organization’s international

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Jake Robison, a Young Grower from Chelan, Washington

Jake is a fourth generation farmer who grows tree fruit on 120 acres. He’s the son of Dave and Karla Robison and nephew to Allen Robison.

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24 specialty crop proposals in Wa State receive $4.1m

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture says that it will award approximately $4.1 million in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

The 2015 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant will

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Quest begins to breed new pear rootstock

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The Pacific Northwest fresh pear industry will allocate more than $200,000 over the next three years to launch a pear rootstock breeding program in Washington.

A dwarfing pear rootstock would enable pear growers to shift to

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New path for pears

The bi-axis system enables pear growers to plant high-density orchards on standard rootstocks.

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WSU reports on growth in organic tree fruit

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Organic apples grown and packed in Washington state in the 2013-14 season had a total f.o.b. value of more than $295 million, according to the report “Recent Trends in Certified Organic Tree fruit” just released

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Sliced pears show potential

Treatment with a ripening compound ensures that sliced pears stay juicy and flavorful.

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Manage pears for higher yields

An experiment demonstrates how to increase yields of close-planted Bartlett pear trees by changing tree management, not the rootstock.

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Success with fresh sliced pears and peaches

A Fresno-based, California company is one of the first to bring fresh-cut pears and stone fruit to the retail market.

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Fresh-cut path for Woot Froot

Kim Gaarde did the impossible by bringing fresh-sliced pears, peaches, and nectarines to consumers.

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Hedging to improve quality

A Washington grower-packer foresees multiple benefits from mechanical pruning.

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A pear a day…

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Pears could have multiple health benefits, according to preliminary research at the North Dakota State University in Fargo.

Researchers there studied whether the peel, pulp, and juice of pears could help prevent and manage type-2 diabetes,

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Drone ready to work in fruit

FAA approved Yamaha’s remote-controlled copter for agricultural use.

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Russian closure slows pear exports

Russia had been importing almost half a million boxes of U.S. pears.

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Processed pears bring record prices

Growers and canners are pleased with outcome.

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Pear production stays stable

Northwest growers forecast another manageable crop.

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Organic exemption expected soon

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture will soon introduce a rule exempting organic growers from paying mandatory promotion assessments to federal marketing orders.

This will mean, for example, that organic pears will no longer be subject to

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Evan Kruse, Young Grower from Roseburg, Oregon

Evan, a fourth generation grower who also manages a large farm market, Kruse Farms, talks with Good Fruit Grower about growing in Roseburg.

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Northwest pear production remains stable

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Orchardists in Washington and Oregon expect to harvest 20.5 million boxes of fresh pears this fall. That’s just 2 percent below last season’s crop and 2 percent above the five-year average.

Harvest of Bartlett pears should

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Promising pear rootstocks

Researchers study Amelanchier and quince selections as pear rootstocks for Pacific Northwest.

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Canners need Bartletts

Grandy closes almost 20 years as manager of pear bargaining group by sealing a three-year contract with record prices for growers.

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Biennial pear congress to begin this year in Italy

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Beginning this year, Italy’s Interpoma congress and trade show, which focuses on apples, will be alternated with Futurpera, an exhibition devoted to pears.

Interpoma, which is held every other year, was last held in November 2014

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Processed pear committee elections set for Washington and Oregon

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Oregon and Washington processed pear committee positions are open for election. The three committee positions in each state will be elected in public meetings in Yakima, Washington on February 26 and in Hood River, Oregon

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Schmitten honored with Silver Pear Award

Ray Schmitten has had multiple roles in the tree fruit industry and represents pear growers in research matters.

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Lisa Perry, Young Grower from Odell, Oregon

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age / 26
crops / pears, apples, cherries, berries, peaches, nectarines
business / Cody Orchards and Farm Stand
other experience / Learning from her stepfather on the family farm

I’m a fourth generation fruit farmer. My father passed away.

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People count at Duckwall Fruit

Duckwall’s mission is to mold a team who will achieve the best possible results for its growers and customers, and ultimately consumers.

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Growers sought for Piqa pears

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The New Zealand company Prevar is looking for orchardists in North America who would like to grow new Piqa brand pear varieties developed in New Zealand. Prevar commercializes fruit varieties bred by Plant and Food

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Crop insurance closing deadline approaches

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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

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From Paris to pears

Once a top Dior sales rep, Gordy Sato tops the pools with his pears.

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Pears shine bright in Golden State

Acreage removal in California has stabilized, and grower returns have been good.

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OSU hopes to fill David Sugar’s research position

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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

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Eastern growers plant new pear

Canadians are planting fire blight-resistant Harovin Sundown at high densities using biaxis trees.

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Processors pay more for pears

Northwest processors need to secure tonage.

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Kevin & Mark Stennes, Young Growers from Pateros, Washington

Stennes twins talk about growing organics tree fruit operation.

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Diamond and Gem

Diamond Fruit sees great potential in new variety.

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A note about our latest Pear cover

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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

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Good Point: Success in pear marketing

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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

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Piqa Boo licensed in Australia

Prevar Limited assigned a licenses to produce and sell the new Piqa Boo pear in Australia.

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Pear growers expect 2014 crop of 411,400 tons, slightly below average

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Pear growers in the Pacific Northwest expect the 2014 harvest to be down from last season’s record crop, as reported in their annual estimate released this week.

With good weather in Oregon and Washington’s major growing regions,

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What a Gem! A pear that resists fire blight

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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

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Pear growers have a strategy for pest management

A new pear pest management plan underlines the need for smaller trees and more efficient systems.

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Is fresh best?

Study shows processed fruits and vegetables can be a good option.

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