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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

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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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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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Good to Know—What growers want in new varieties

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Adopting a new scion cultivar is a crucial decision for tree fruit growers, who must consider both horticultural and market performance. Apple growers have mostly figured out how to produce high yields of excellent quality

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Good Stuff

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Bayer purchases AgraQuest
Bayer Crop Science, headquartered in Germany, has purchased the U.S. biological crop-protection company AgraQuest, Inc., for $425 million plus milestone ­payments, according to a Bayer news release.

AgraQuest, headquartered in Davis, California, is a

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Last Bite–A peach with longevity

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Unlike apples and pears, where new varieties are slow to appear and stay forever, new peach varieties come, and most of them go, in a continual parade. But sometimes, a new variety comes and stays

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Florida PEACHES

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When devastating freezes strike the Florida citrus industry, it becomes national news immediately, as people want to know how it will affect the price and supply of their orange juice.

Nearly 30 years ago, two really

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Living with plum pox

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Jim Bittner, pictured with a tour group in his New York orchard, pulled out 20 acres of peaches when a plum pox-positive tree was found in his orchard. He is worried about Canada dropping its

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Canadians will reduce pressure to eliminate plum pox

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In the “usual” journalistic process, reporters find expert sources and ask questions, then ask additional questions as the answers dictate. This process did not work in developing this article.

On both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border,

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Last Bite–From Shangri-La

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Apricots are dried on a Hunza Valley rooftop.
On the flanks of the magnificent Karakoram mountain range, a jagged spine of 25,000-foot-high mountain spires, lies the valley of the Hunza—a place so rich in beauty and

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Finding the ideal peach orchard

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Jim Schupp (on tractor) took an active role in evaluating the Darwin blossom thinner and considers it a key to peach profitability.
Photo by Richard Lehnert

Peach growers in Pennsylvania are being urged—by some convincing data—along a

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Breeding peaches

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New peach varieties from MSU are expected to fill the gaps in the profile of the Michigan peach industry.
Photo courtesy of Michigan State University

New peach varieties can be expected in the next few years from

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In support of peach breeding

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Peach breeder Bill Shane (left) and Michigan Peach Sponsors President Kurt Weber enjoyed the annual educational meeting they jointly prepared.
Photo courtesy of Michigan State University

Over the last 20 years, Michigan Peach Sponsors has provided more

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Last Bite

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Arctic Snow, patented by Zaiger Genetics and sold by Dave Wilson Nursery, ripens late August to early September. The fruit is freestone, sweet, low acid, with 50 to 60 percent red blush skin color over

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Wide scope for rootstock research

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International Fruit Tree Association members tour a research plot at Wapato, Washington, where a wide range of apple rootstocks are being compared.

Rootstock development is a huge area of research that goes beyond studying the survival,

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Contain root growth

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Four-year-old Packham trees on Winter Nelis rootstock planted 22.5 cm (9 inches) apart on Open Tatura (9,876 trees per hectare, or 4,000 trees per acre). Although tree density is excessively high, this simple experiment clearly

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Strategies for controlling bacterial spot

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The O’Henry peach variety is a poster child, highly susceptible to bacterial spot. Symptoms include fruit spots, leaf spots, and twig cankers. Bacterial spot is a serious problem for peach

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MAP funds granted for stone fruits

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Dissolution of the California Tree Fruit Agreement created opportunity for Washington State stone fruit, says Ingrid Mohn, FAS market development specialist. About $250,000 was redirected to a new market access program for Washington’s stone fruit.

With

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