• 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 [...]

Organic plantings drop

  • May 1st, 2012

Organic tree fruit acreage in Washington State is on the decline overall, although plantings of organic Honeycrisp have increased significantly over the past few years, David ­Granatstein, Washington State University’s sustainable agriculture specialist, reported this winter.

Washington’s organic apple plantings have dropped from 15,735 acres to 14,296 acres since 2009. [...]

Pests sneak into U.K.

  • April 1st, 2012

Two new pests—the brown marmorated stinkbug and spotted wing drosophila—have snuck into the United Kingdom but are not yet established there.

Two adult brown marmorated stinkbugs were intercepted at a U.K. airport in 2010 in passenger luggage on a flight from the United States, according to a report in the [...]

Export focus is not new

  • March 15th, 2012

The Washington apple industry was exporting a significant percentage of its crop, long before the Washington Apple Commission was formed. In 1930, seven million boxes, or 25 percent of the crop, were sold overseas.

Until the 1970s, most exports went to Europe and were not considered profitable. Overseas markets were [...]

EU regulations stifle fruit exports

  • March 15th, 2012

Pacific Northwest apple and pear exports to Europe have dropped dramatically since pesticide ­regulations were harmonized among members of the European Union. Restrictive pesticide residue limits of the European Union have required U.S. producers to adopt chemical use practices and compliance systems unique to the EU market, and that’s [...]

  • Easier access to MRLs

Easier access to MRLs

  • March 15th, 2012

Growers using Washington State University’s online Decision Aid System this season will be able to consider pesticide maximum residue limits (MRLs) of top foreign markets when they make their crop protection chemical decisions.

In recent years, producing fruit for export markets has become more complicated because pesticide registration and setting [...]