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Strategies for saving water

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Growers of early-season peach varieties in California’s Central Valley may be able to conserve water without significantly affecting yields by cutting postharvest irrigation in half.

An added benefit is that deficit irrigation lessens the amount of

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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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Growers rebuild after plum pox

Some Ontario growers have turned to wine grapes, while others are growing fresh stone fruit varieties.

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Expo preview: Growers seek peach varieties that are hardier

Thoughts on new peaches to fill in gaps during the season

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Brett Valicoff, a Young Grower from Wapato, Washington

Brett Valicoff is a fourth-generation grower who returned to the farm to help plan and build a modern apple packing line in Wapato, Washington.

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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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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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Ecofarm raises food awareness

People want to know where their food comes from and how it’s grown, says Washington grower Jim Baird.

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Family farm puts flavor first

Family Tree Farms sources new stone fruit varieties from around the world.

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Digging back into peach history

The Chinese were clonally propagating peach trees at least 7,000 years ago.

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Peaches in Florida

Citrus growers are diversifying into peaches.

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California cling peach growers plant more trees as prices improve

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Stronger prices for cling peaches seem to have prompted California growers to plant more trees, which should slow the industry’s long-term slide in acreage.

The rising price was triggered by long-term falling production as growers turned

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Michigan peach crop is short again

Second hard winter reduces Michigan peach crop, kills some trees

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Drone ready to work in fruit

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

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Daniel Bays, a Young Grower from Westley, California

Daniel Bays is a fifth generation farmer talks with Good Fruit Grower about how the farm is dealing with drought and the possible transition to mechanized harvesting.

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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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Microwaves control brown rot

Scientists in Spain showed that microwaving peaches and nectarines prevents rot without harming the fruit.

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Search continues for stinkbug predators

Will brown marmorated stinkbug take hold in desert climates?

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Flavor reigns at Andy’s Orchard

Andy Mariani and his tree-ripened fruit have a cult-like following.

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Douglas Fruit finds its niche

The family business specializes in organic stone fruits.

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Sean Gilbert, Young Grower from Yakima, Washington

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age / 34
crops / Apples, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines and wine grapes
title / General manager
business / Gilbert Orchards
education / Pomona College

What’s been your greatest challenge?

I think the toughest years for me personally were the

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Cover blog: Fall of insights

Our November 2014 cover was shot by Yakima photographer Lance Johnson.

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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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What makes peach trees tick?

Ted DeJong has spent a career finding answers to that question.

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The CandyCot story

“John was amazed at the diversity and intense flavor of apricot varieties he saw.”

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New peach textures

Future breeders have the tools to make ideal peaches.

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Trees in a sandbox

Peach growing practices transformed by solid California research

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Peter Martini, Young Grower from Escalon, California

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age / 37
crops / Peaches and almonds
title / Farm manager
business / Martini Farms, LLC. Peter is a third-generation farmer taking over the business from his parents. Peter’s grandparents started farming in Escalon after immigrating from

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Stone fruit farm stay

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Mike and Nori Naylor educate urban folks about agriculture and stone fruit one family at a time. At their farm stay, located in the heart of California’s stone fruit growing region, guests can pick their

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Organic Pioneer

Mike Naylor has grown organic stone fruit for 30 years.

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Peaches inhibit breast cancer

Scientists found that consumption of peach polyphenolics slowed tumor growth.

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Is fresh best?

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

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Six top researchers headline March Cornell fruit school

The Cornell University Fruit Team will hold an in-depth school for tree fruit growers, extension educators, and crop consultants on March 25 at the Ramada Inn in Geneva, New York.

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Bloom thinning boosts fruit size

Hand-thin flowers to increase size of peaches and nectarines.

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Peach growers challenges

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Growing peaches is getting easier in some ways, harder in others, a rather normal description of many orchardists’ efforts. Take two steps forward, then one back, and call that progress.

Clemson University professor of horticulture Dr.

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Five ways to make sure people eat fewer peaches

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Grow just one variety. Growing one variety will limit your marketing season and the number of times consumers can come back to buy more peaches.

On the other hand, growers who want to sell lots of

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Marked for progress

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The four-year, $14.4 million RosBREED plant breeding project, funded in 2009 under the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, is coming to a new stage, winding down, wrapping up, summarizing, and telling people what’s been accomplished. But

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Winning orchard designs

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After four years of collecting data, Penn State University horticulturalist Dr. Jim Schupp has arrived at some conclusions about how peach growers should grow peaches to make the best possible returns.

“All our systems made money,

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The path to commercialization

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For seven years now, Rutgers University of New Jersey and Adams County Nursery in Aspers, Pennsylvania, have been working under a “formal relationship” in which the nursery brings new fruit selections developed by the university

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Undercover production in China

Greenhouses or high tunnels can advance the ripening of peaches and nectarines. (Video and Photo Gallery at bottom of story)

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Tougas Family Farm

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Mo Tougas asks a question of Oregon State University sweet cherry expert Lynn Long on an IFTA tour of his farm. The pruning demonstration was held in a persistent snow event that occasionally approached blizzard

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Peaches from Arkansas

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Arkansas plant breeder John Clark.
Photos courtesy of John Clark, University of Arkansas

New nectarine varieties and a peach variety developed by fruit breeder Dr. John Clark at the University of Arkansas are high chill and should

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Smart cherry breeding

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Breeder Nnadozie Oraguzie stands in a Phase 1 block planted in 2011 and 2012. He’ll begin collecting fruiting data when the trees are three to four years old.
MELISSA HANSEN

Breeding new varieties of fruit is all

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Career comes to late fruition

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For more than two decades, Dr. Tom Toyama quietly got on with his work as stone fruit breeder at Washington State University.

Though no variety was released during his tenure from 1963 to 1985, his work

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Shorten laterals to cut thinning costs

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Peach and nectarine trees will always set more fruit than the trees can size.
For most orchardists, thinning peach and nectarine trees is one of the most expensive yearly orchard operations. It does not need to

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Saving water in early peaches

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Scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, looking for ways that growers can save water without affecting fruit quality or yields, see potential for using deficit irrigation on early season California peach trees. Their research

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Cherry research needed

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Washington cherry and stone fruit growers will have another opportunity in the coming weeks to vote on a special assessment to fund research at Washington State ­University.

A year ago, in a tree fruit industrywide referendum,

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Prune for size

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Producing fruit today requires higher and higher degrees of innovation. Profit margins are small, and quality demands are high. Exact standards and specifications regarding fruit size, skin color, texture, firmness and concentration of sugar, shelf

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Des Layne joins WSU

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Washington State University has appointed Dr. Desmond Layne, a professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, to the new position of tree fruit extension team leader. He will start his new job on February 1.

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