• Good Point: China

Good Point: China

  • May 15th, 2013

I have talked about the immediate threat of the excessive increases in apple production from Washington State and went so far as to say that while we worry about foreign imports, we need to be acutely aware of our own domestic production numbers. While many may shudder to see [...]

  • First Bite

First Bite

  • May 15th, 2013

As the Northwest cherry season draws closer, for the first time in six or seven years I am thinking that the 2013 harvest has the potential to begin during the first days of June. If you’ve ever seen the movie Money Ball, you know the premise of determining a [...]

  • Meet Washington State’s new agriculture director

Meet Washington State’s new agriculture director

  • April 15th, 2013

Bud Hover’s road to directorship of the Washington State Department of Agriculture began in 1938 when his mother and her family loaded their belongings on a truck and left North Dakota, headed west at 35 miles per hour.

Hover calls it a scene from The Grapes of Wrath. His mother [...]

  • Good Point: Forecasting future Asian import demand

Good Point: Forecasting future Asian import demand

  • March 1st, 2013

More information on the study is available on the Web site www.e-belrose.com or by sending an e-mail to belrose@pullman.com.

Leading ­deciduous fruit exporters around the world are seeing demand in many traditional markets either stagnant or declining. They agree that Asian markets offer the best future growth prospects because of [...]

  • U.S. pears head to China

U.S. pears head to China

  • March 1st, 2013

The Pear Bureau Northwest is giving this framed God of Fortune poster to Chinese importers to demonstrate the profit opportunities for U.S. pears.
Photo courtesy of Pear Bureau Northwest

U.S. pear producers were allowed to ship fresh pears to China for the first time in January and hope it will [...]

  • Red-fleshed apples

Red-fleshed apples

  • January 15th, 2013

The red trait, which is common in crab apples and ornamentals, produces flesh colored anywhere from pink to deep red. Skin color and flesh color are inherited separately, so yellow apples can have red flesh.
Photos courtesy of IFORED

Next Big Thing’s last big thing was the SweeTango apple. Now, [...]

  • Wine Wheel of Fortune

Wine Wheel of Fortune

  • January 15th, 2013

California is facing an emerging wine shortage, according to Stephens Moody with Turrentine Brokerage in Novato, California.

Turrentine, which handles bulk wines, grapes, and bottled wines, has developed a model of the typical wine cycle, which it calls the “Wine Business Wheel of Fortune.”

Speaking at a grower caucus presented in [...]

  • Last Bite: Cox pipped out by Gala

Last Bite: Cox pipped out by Gala

  • December 1st, 2012

Cox’s Orange Pippin is a firm, juicy, full-flavored apple with an orange-red skin and cream-colored flesh.
Photo by Jacqueline King, WSU

Cox’s Orange Pippin—Britain’s favorite apple for 150 years or so—has been usurped by Gala, one of its grandchildren.

It’s not because Gala is a better apple, British journalist Michael Leapman [...]

  • Washington-Chile partnership

Washington-Chile partnership

  • December 1st, 2012

Washington State fruit growers and packers Gebbers Farms of Brewster and Chelan Fruit Cooperative have purchased a 50-percent stake in four fruit-producing companies in Angol, Chile. All are partners in a new company called Chilean South Apples, or CHISA.

Reggie Collins, chief executive officer of Chelan Fruit Cooperative, says the [...]

  • The clubs of Quebec

The clubs of Quebec

  • September 1st, 2012

Apple growers in Canada’s Quebec Province march to the beat of a different drummer. They are much more tightly organized than are growers in the United States.

At the provincial level, all apple growers must be members of the Federation of Apple Growers of Quebec (see “Apple growers union gives [...]

  • Apple growers’ union gives market power to Quebec growers

Apple growers’ union gives market power to Quebec growers

  • September 1st, 2012

For a relatively small industry with annual apple production of about 6 million bushels, the apple growers of Quebec have a very substantial market power and are backed by loyal consumers who’d rather eat a Quebec McIntosh than any other apple. That market power is exercised through the Federation [...]

World awaits B.C. cherries

  • June 1st, 2012

High quality, self-fertile cherry varieties developed in British Columbia, Canada, have become standards in the international cherry industry.

British Columbia’s own cherry industry is comparatively small, with just 4,500 acres planted, but cherry varieties developed in the province, such as Lapins, Skeena, Sweetheart, Sonata, Staccato, and many more, have become [...]