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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

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grower / Roseburg, Oregon
age / 34
crops /  Diversified farm with fruits and hay
business / Kruse Farms
other experience / Fourth generation grower who also manages a large farm market

How did the family farm start?
Our family ended

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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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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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Grower focuses on one variety, one market

If fruit doesn’t meet gift grade quality, it may be left on the tree.

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Not enough canned pears

Pacific Northwest pear processors are raising grower prices to $300 per ton this season in hopes of sourcing more Bartlett pears for the processed market.

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Uncertain future for Meyer Orchards

Ron Meyer, nearing retirement and without a transition plan, sees a murky future for his pear orchard.

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Control psylla early

Returning winterforms are more susceptible to pesticides than they were in the fall.

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Fire blight control without antibiotics

Lime sulfur and fish oil can help as part of an integrated strategy.

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Pear grower Laura Naumes blazes a trail

Laura Naumes is the first woman to chair the Pear Bureau Northwest.

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New pests threaten IPM

Pest management programs have become softer and more stable over the past few decades, but new invasive pests could change that.

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Einhorn to address Australian pear growers

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Dr. Todd Einhorn, research horticulturist with Oregon State University in Hood River, will present a free seminar on “Profitable Pears” at the Victoria Department of Environment and Primary Industries at Tatura, Australia, on March 14.

The

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Fighting fireblight through acquired resistance

A new product can enhance fireblight control by stimulating the tree’s defenses.

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Widow goes it alone, yet not alone

Pear industry members step in to help Nancy Vaughn produce a quality crop.

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Last pear packer standing

Naumes, Inc., responds to challenges and keeps its Medford packing house viable.

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Naumes stays focused on pears

The Naumes family returns to its roots in Medford, after selling most of its California orchards.

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Medford’s pear industry rebounds

Good Fruit Grower visited Medford to see how the region has adjusted to industry changes. The news is good.

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Pear slicing is not perfected yet

Crunch Pak, the country’s largest fresh apple slicer, is still figuring out how best to slice pears.

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Fruit ripening compounds discovered

The compounds might solve ripening problems in pears treated with MCP.

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Ripe pears mean more sales

Few consumers know how to check a pear for ripeness.

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Family business finds niche

The Tonnemakers say industry consolidation has left opportunities for small operators to sell directly to consumers.

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Hort Association, grape growers bestow honors

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Silver Pear

Kent Christensen, president of Independent Warehouse, Inc., in Dryden, Washington, received the Washington State Horticultural Association’s Silver Pear Award during the association’s annual meeting in December. Incoming Hort President Steve Zediker, presented the award

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In My View: A journalist returns to farming

Kate Moser is a former newspaper journalist who decided to return to and run the family farm. In this essay, she tells why.

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From Bologna to Wenatchee

Grower support was key in Stefano Musacchi’s decision to move to Washington State.

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Preparing for change

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When Dr. Stefano Musacchi arrived in Washington State in August, he knew the expectations were high.

Musacchi, a world-renowned pomologist from Italy, was appointed to a new position at Washington State University created with funding from

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Plan will guide pear research

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Pear industry representatives in Oregon and Washington are collaborating to create a Pest Management Strategic Plan for pears. The goal of the project is to document and prioritize the industry’s pest management challenges and identify

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Pear Marketing: Connect with the customer

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Pears are a relatively small item in the fresh produce department, but they are still important to retailers. Pears make up 1.2 percent of fresh produce sales, compared with berries at 9.7 percent, apples at

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Fewer pears for canners

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The outlook seems positive for the Northwest canning pear industry going into the 2013 season.

The industry is expecting to process 120,000 tons of Northwest pears, down from 126,000 tons last year, and canners’ inventories are

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Should pear growers update?

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While many pear growers in the Pacific Northwest have welcomed Dr. Amit Dhingra’s efforts to push the pear industry into the twenty-first century, some have not.

While some urged the Washington State University genomicist to apply

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