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Family farm puts flavor first

July 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

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

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Digging back into peach history

July 21st, 2015|0 Comments

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

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Peaches in Florida

July 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Citrus growers are diversifying into peaches.

In The Box: Arctic answers

July 15th, 2015|0 Comments

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Dear Good Fruit Grower,

We’d like to address a few points raised by Mike Willett of

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California cling peach growers plant more trees as prices improve

July 14th, 2015|1 Comment

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Stronger prices for cling peaches seem to have prompted California growers to plant more trees,

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Michigan peach crop is short again

July 14th, 2015|0 Comments

Second hard winter reduces Michigan peach crop, kills some trees

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Drone ready to work in fruit

July 9th, 2015|0 Comments

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

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Russian closure slows pear exports

July 7th, 2015|0 Comments

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

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Stinging nettle is beneficial

July 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Nettles provide habitat for natural enemies of pests.

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Processed pears bring record prices

July 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Growers and canners are pleased with outcome.

Low snow spells trouble

July 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

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Months ago, I saw it coming. Crossing Snoqualmie Pass in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, I drove

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Daniel Bays, a Young Grower from Westley, California

July 1st, 2015|0 Comments

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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Pear production stays stable

July 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Northwest growers forecast another manageable crop.

Spray guide offers tree row volume spraying tips

June 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

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The 2015 New Jersey Commercial Tree Fruit Production Guide devotes six pages to the subject

Matching the spray to the tree

June 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

As canopy volume has decreased, growers would like to use less pesticide.

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Those rotten Honeycrisp

June 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Among the cultivar’s many problem features is exceptional susceptibility to fruit rots.

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How to manage young Honeycrisp

June 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Crop load management is critical for return bloom and good tree growth.

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Reds still dominate apple exports

June 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Club varieties are too expensive when freight and duties are added.

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Ambrosia restrictions to end

June 18th, 2015|0 Comments

By 2019, Ambrosia will be an open variety in both the United States and Canada. But it won’t do well in all locations, growers are warned.

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A direct link to consumers

June 18th, 2015|0 Comments

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Direct marketers—those folks, mostly in the East, who sell most of the fruit they grow

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Clubs are changing how apples are marketed — and priced

June 16th, 2015|0 Comments

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The Honeycrisp apple is a Cinderella story. A somewhat homely apple, almost rejected from its

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Clubs exclude many growers

June 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Varieties are managed to create a controlled scarcity of product.

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New apple varieties excite consumers

June 9th, 2015|0 Comments

But there's not room in the grocery store for all the contenders.

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Apple varieties from A to Z

June 8th, 2015|0 Comments

Sink your teeth into this alphabet of apples

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Optimize water use with Irrigation Scheduler

June 4th, 2015|0 Comments

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Irrigation management is especially critical during drought years, when reduced mountain snowpack results in

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Evan Kruse, Young Grower from Roseburg, Oregon

June 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / Roseburg, Oregon
age / 34
crops /  Diversified farm with fruits and hay
business / Kruse

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Will Honeycrisp become a victim of its popularity?

June 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Will Honeycrisp become a victim of its popularity?

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Who’s going to sell all these apples?

June 1st, 2015|0 Comments

And who's going to buy them?

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Corr: Consumers decide

June 1st, 2015|0 Comments

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The June 2015 issue of Good Fruit Grower examines how new varieties are changing the

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How many apple varieties are too many?

June 1st, 2015|0 Comments

The proliferation of new varieties is producer driven, not a result of pent-up consumer demand.

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Student wines toast WSU Wine Science Center’s opening

June 1st, 2015|0 Comments

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Washington’s wine industry will fittingly toast the grand opening of the new Wine Science Center

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Industry celebrates WSU’s wine science center

June 1st, 2015|0 Comments

World-class research and teaching facility elevates Washington in the wine world.

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Oregon Cherry Growers co-op positioned for growth

May 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Cooperative is focused on expanding value-added products.

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Brining key to cherry processing

May 29th, 2015|0 Comments

Brine solution makes cherry processing a year-round operation.

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Oregon cherry cooperative president feels connection with farmers

May 29th, 2015|0 Comments

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In the two years since Tim Ramsey’s hiring as president and chief executive, Oregon Cherry

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12 tips for selling to multiple wineries

May 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Growers must be matchmakers when selling to wineries.

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Exports benefit B.C. cherry growers

May 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Growers are feeling positive as export opportunities ease margin woes.

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Cherries give fruit flies a boost

May 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Spotted wing drosophila’s wide host range makes it difficult for orchardists to control the pest.

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Is ‘Grape Virus Tax’ hitting your pocketbook?

May 26th, 2015|0 Comments

A new study estimates the economic losses from grape leafroll disease.

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Study shows value of high-density cherry systems

May 26th, 2015|0 Comments

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Stefano Musacchi, who was hired in 2013 to fill Washington State University’s endowed chair in

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Remove cherry virus infected trees quickly

May 26th, 2015|0 Comments

There is no cure for little cherry virus. Removing trees will help stop it spreading.

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The seven cherry training systems

May 26th, 2015|0 Comments

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Kym Green Bush

The Kym Green Bush (KGB) is the only system of the eight that

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Training sweet cherries

May 26th, 2015|0 Comments

New guide gives step-by-step details for managing cherries in seven different systems.

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Cherries harvested as berries

May 26th, 2015|0 Comments

A Utah researcher joins others who want to change how cherries are grown and harvested.

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Optimizing cherry quality during export

May 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Choosing the right MAP liner can improve fruit quality.

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New cherry varieties wanted urgently

May 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Growers are frustrated by the pace of WSU’s sweet cherry breeding.

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Early cherry is on fast track

May 26th, 2015|0 Comments

WSU’s elite selection matures a little after Chelan.

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Montana cherry growers save the best till last

May 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

For many years, Montana sweet cherries were marketed as the tail end of the Washington State crop, not having much of an identity of their own. But more recently, growers in Montana have worked to project a better image of what they think are better cherries and to get a better price for them.

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WSU team taking on cherry disease

May 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Little cherry virus 2 is spread by mealybugs

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Calcium improves cherry quality

May 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Calcium in field sprays and added to cooling water reduced pitting and improved cherry firmness.