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Montana cherry growers save the best till last

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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Is organic fruit growth on the horizon?

Will demand keep up with expanding organic tree fruit production?

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Bigger crops are coming for cherries

But probably not this year.

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Cold Train officers file $41 million lawsuit against BNSF railway

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Two former officers of Cold Train Express Intermodal Service have filed a $41 million lawsuit against Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, alleging they suffered damage after having to shut down the service in August

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Nova Scotia revisited

Nova Scotia has earned a reputation for producing the best Honeycrisp apples.

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Consumers are ready for more cherries

Don’t be afraid of larger cherry crops.

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Arctic apple Q&A: Expect more GMO apples in the pipeline

Okanagan Specialty Fruits plans to submit more GMO apple varieties for deregulation within the year.

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O'Rourke: Apple prices will force efficiencies

Grower profitability is influenced not just by prices received but by various other factors.

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Health Canada approves Arctic apples for growth and sale

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Health Canada has approved two varieties of Arctic apples, Arctic Granny Smith and Arctic Golden Delicious, for growth and sale in Canada.
The announcement was made on the Health Canada website five weeks after deregulation was

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DeVaney: Why telling our story matters

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By Jon DeVaney

While not yet ratified, an agreement on a new contract for West Coast port workers has been reached, ending four months of work slow-downs and temporary closures that have severely harmed our industry

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Why telling our story matters: Good Point

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By Jon DeVaney

While not yet ratified, an agreement on a new contract for West Coast port workers has been reached, ending four months of work slow-downs and temporary closures that have severely harmed our industry

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Positions open for Washington Wine Commission

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Wine grape growers and producers who are interested in joining the Washington Wine Commission board are asked to apply before March 20, 2015. Five, 3-year commission positions are either vacant or are expiring this year.

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Crab apple pruning demos

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Two pruning demonstrations have been scheduled this month to help orchardists understand how to prune Manchurian crab apple trees in order to be eligible to export apples to China.

The Chinese apple market, closed between 2012

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Trade agreement is unifying: Good Point

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A few years ago, Todd Fryhover of the Washington State Apple Commission was invited to speak at the Premier Apple Co-Op meeting in New York to talk about “China.”

As I introduced him to the group

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Schlect: A cold Arctic blast

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● USDA announced last Friday its deregulation of a Canadian firm’s–Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc.–two varieties (Granny Smith and Golden) of GMO apples, one day in advance of a three-day weekend. This is not unusual timing

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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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Premium wine sales still growing

Growers need to focus on quality and target fruit for the $15 and up price point, say wine marketers.

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Interpoma impressions: Photo gallery from 2014 IFTA Italy

Pictures from the international apple machinery show in Italy.

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Big export year for Northwest cherries

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The 2014 season was not only a record year for Northwest cherries, it was one of the best years for Northwest cherry exports, especially to South Korea, which almost doubled imports from 2012.

“Last year was

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China’s cold chain is improving

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Though China’s lack of cold-chain facilities and logistics for perishable products has been its Achilles heel, improvements are expected within the next five years, says Keith Hu, Northwest Cherry Growers representative.

China is recognized as one

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China agrees to accept all varieties of U.S. apples

The reciprocal agreement will allow China to ship apples into the United States.

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Bigger crops ahead

Growers will need to produce niche varieties and maximize production efficiency, marketers say.

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Financing farming dreams

Loan programs are invaluable to beginning growers.

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Loans for new farmers

The biggest challenges for young growers are lack of access to capital and land.

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Remaining competitive

Ignoring change puts your business at risk.

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Grow domestic apple market, analyst urges

The Washington apple industry can’t rely only on exports to absorb increasing volumes.

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Washington picks big wine, juice grape crops

Concord grape grower cash prices plummet to $110 per ton.

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Schlect: On the docks

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● This fall’s disruptions of ocean shipping–that have lacerated our tree fruit exports–beg for some type of long-term remedy. Unionized longshoremen should not have the kind of economic clout that can be misused to

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New tree fruit association will expand services

The new Washington Tree Fruit Association plans to expand its services to the industry, says President Jon DeVaney, who will be busy working on legislative affairs in the state capital of Olympia in the coming session.

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Organic fruit attracts customers

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Steve Tennes, who operates the Country Mill orchard and farm market at Charlotte, Michigan, became convinced several years ago that there was a future in organic fruit production. Today, some of his customers will come

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Reopening of Chinese apple market is welcome news for growers

Industry grateful as biggest apple crop ever prepares to ship.

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Hort Council appoints information specialist

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Drew Toop will join the staff of the Northwest Horticultural Council as regulatory information specialist on December 8. Toop, who grew up in the Yakima, Washington, earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Chinese Language

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Tree fruit groups do well with new MAP funding

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The nation’s tree fruit organizations fared well in 2015 funding allocations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Program. Ten organizations representing tree fruit will receive more than $16 million of the $173 million

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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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New organization to promote Australia’s horticulture industry

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A new organization called Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited has been formed to replace Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) and undertake research and development and marketing efforts to support Australia’s $9.5 billion horticulture industry.

The move follows a

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Network promotes Prosser wines

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A new organization called Prosser Wine Network was formed in Washington State last spring to promote Prosser wines. The new group, with more than 30 initial winery and associate members, is working to create awareness

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China opens to Washington State apples

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Good news came to Washington’s apple industry today when U.S. Department of Agriculture officials announced the immediate reopening of China’s market to Washington Red and Golden Delicious apples. It’s good timing as growers are wrapping

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SnapDragon hits store shelves in November

RubyFrost will go to market in January.

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Mission to Kazakhstan

Young Kazakhs are being trained in horticulture to help them improve orchard production.

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Prune out dead crab apple tissue

Reduce disease risk by pruning crab apple trees.

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Research tackles decay issue

A new project will focus on controlling decay and finding pollinizers that are not disease hosts.

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Market trends favor apples

Changing demographics and eating habits open opportunities for apples.

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New York varieties come to market

Production of two new apples developed at Cornell is ramping up.

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European consumers like bicolored apples

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European consumers prefer bicolored apples and in some countries, including Germany, they associate dark red apples with mealiness.

European Fruit Magazine reported recently on research by Katrin Korsten from the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in

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Marketer is smitten

Randy Steensma thinks the New Zealand apple Smitten has a big future.

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Apple Commission reps are ready to promote large crop

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With a record crop of Washington apples, estimated at 140 million boxes or more, Todd Fryhover is hoping to see a significant boost in exports this season.

Last year, when the industry produced 118 million boxes,

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Large crop on Interpoma agenda

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Europe’s record apple crop and Russia’s ban on European imports will be on the agenda at Interpoma, a biennial congress and trade fair scheduled for November 20 to 22 in Bolzano, Italy.

Europe’s 2014 apple crop

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Online cherry promotion earns campaign of the year honor

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Northwest Cherry Growers and two Chinese online retailers, Fruitday and Tmall, have received Asia Fruit Logistica’s Marketing Campaign of the Year Award for their joint promotion of Northwest cherries last season.

Consumers ordered cherries via Tmall’s

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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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Growers are optimistic

Northwest farm families expect their revenue to increase.

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