• Varieties that are changing the peach industry

Varieties that are changing the peach industry

  • June 1st, 2011

The New Jersey Peach Festival has been held in July for the past 25 years, at which peach varieties can be tasted and discussed. “We usually have about 20,000 to 30,000 people attend,” said Jerry Frecon, showing the variety display.
COURTESY OF JERRY FRECON

Jerry Frecon takes pride in the [...]

  • Patterson, an all-round apricot

Patterson, an all-round apricot

  • June 1st, 2011

The late private fruit breeder Fred Anderson, known as father of the modern-day nectarine, is credited with the development of yellow-fleshed nectarines in California. But he also made a mark on the apricot industry with his Patterson variety.

The variety originated from Anderson’s breeding program located in Le Grand, California, [...]

  • Hopes were high

Hopes were high

  • June 1st, 2011

A colorful sampling of interspecific plum selections bred by Glen Bradford of BQ Genetics.
BQ Genetics

When modern varieties of plums crossed with apricots were first commercially released in the late 1980s, the new fruit offered great promise of energizing the plum industry and exciting consumers. Though the hybrid fruit, [...]

Peaches aplenty

  • June 1st, 2011

For more than a century, the freestone peach market in the eastern United States was dominated by two varieties. First was Elberta, a peach from Georgia that dominated production from 1880 to about 1950. Then, along came Michigan’s Redhaven, which became the world’s most-planted peach for the rest of [...]

  • Wide scope for rootstock research

Wide scope for rootstock research

  • April 15th, 2011

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, size, and yield efficiency of rootstocks, says Dr. Terence Robinson, horticulturist at Cornell University, [...]

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • April 1st, 2011

In 1966, Michigan placed this historical marker at the South Haven Experiment Station com­mem­orating Stanley Johnston’s work and the peaches he released. Johnston is pictured with the marker.

Until the Redhaven peach came along in 1940, Elberta held the title as the most-planted peach variety in the world. After that [...]

Good Stuff

  • March 15th, 2011

Sweet success
A new series of scab-resistant apples called “Sweet Resistants” developed by the Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti (CIV) in Italy was among the ten finalists for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award during the Fruit Logistica trade fair in February. The five varieties in the series are Gaia, Gemini, Renoir, [...]

  • Mechanical thinner ready

Mechanical thinner ready

  • March 15th, 2011

Darwin used on perpendicular vee peach orchard in California (Family Tree Farms).

Researchers who studied the Darwin string thinner found it does a good job on peaches, saving growers time and labor and generating high-quality, valuable fruit. So, the next step for peach growers is to adopt the machine and [...]

  • Ready for drosophila

Ready for drosophila

  • March 1st, 2011

Spotted wing drosophila larvae that hatch from eggs inside the fruit sometimes pop out and walk around on the surface. The spotted wing drosophila can pupate inside the cherry, outside the cherry, or halfway out.
PHOTOS BY ELIZABETH BEERS, WASHIHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

The Washington tree fruit industry should be better [...]

  • Organic bubble hasn’t burst

Organic bubble hasn’t burst

  • February 1st, 2011

The entry of Walmart into organic fruit retailing five years ago helped fuel the demand for organic fruit, and demand is still growing despite the economic recession, according to David Granatstein, Washington State University’s organic tree fruit specialist. Acreage of organic pears and cherries in Washington State dropped between [...]

  • Mechanical thinner for green peaches

Mechanical thinner for green peaches

  • December 1st, 2010

The Bin Bandit hauls bins during the harvest season, and a platform sits on it for use in thinning, pruning, and tree training.

Todd Furber jumped on an idea when he saw a prototype fruit harvester at a field day in Pennsylvania, and, adding some ingenuity, he turned it into [...]

  • Platform transforms orchard work

Platform transforms orchard work

  • December 1st, 2010

Tom DeMarree bought this Blosi platform and uses it for many tasks, including installing trellis wire.

Workers crimp stabilizer wires onto trellis wires. The stabilizer wires eliminate the need for additional stakes
or posts.
Two years ago, the Lake Ontario Fruit Program, with a Northeast Risk Management grant and funds [...]