• Top Five pear research needs

Top Five pear research needs

  • September 1st, 2013

Although most pears are grown in traditional orchards, the same way they’ve been grown for many decades, there’s not a great momentum for change. Ray Schmitten, a pear grower in Cashmere, Washington, says that innovation in the orchard is less critical than finding ways to ensure that consumers have [...]

  • Winery showcases estate fruit

Winery showcases estate fruit

  • September 1st, 2013
Kerry Shiels began as Côte Bonneville’s winemaker in 2009, after getting her master’s from the University of California, Davis, and working harvests for five different wineries in California, Australia, and Argentina.
  • Task force to fine-tune merger proposal

Task force to fine-tune merger proposal

  • August 22nd, 2013

Members of a task force that is exploring the idea of merging four Washington tree fruit industry organizations hope to have a concept to present to producers before the end of the year.

The task force is scheduled to meet on September 13 to pin down more details about how [...]

  • Michigan growers petition to create Tree Fruit Commission

Michigan growers petition to create Tree Fruit Commission

  • August 14th, 2013

At field days across Michigan this summer, fruit industry leaders bearing clipboards have been seeking grower signatures asking for creation of a Michigan Tree Fruit Commission.

The idea came up in June and has been on a fast track since.

Phil Korson, executive director of the Cherry Marketing Institute, said the [...]

  • Celebrating cider in Seattle

Celebrating cider in Seattle

  • August 4th, 2013

The Northwest Cider Association is planning its third annual Washington Cider Week, a ten-day celebration of craft hard cider beginning September 5 in Seattle.

Fourteen Washington cideries will participate in the event, which features more than 75 activities or special menu items at Seattle area restaurants. The publication Edible Seattle [...]

  • Washington forecasts 120-million-box apple crop

Washington forecasts 120-million-box apple crop

  • August 3rd, 2013

Washington State apple producers expect to harvest 120 million packed boxes of apples this fall, according to the industry’s August forecast, the first official tally of the season.

That’s a drop of 9 million boxes from last year. However, Michigan and New York production has rebounded from 2012 when cold [...]

  • New York apples get their names: SnapDragon and RubyFrost

New York apples get their names: SnapDragon and RubyFrost

  • August 2nd, 2013

Names have been given to two new apple varieties formerly called New York 1 and New York 2. The names are SnapDragon and RubyFrost.

Jeff Crist, vice chairman of the board of directors of NYAG (New York Apple Growers) and a fruit grower from Walden, New York, disclosed the names [...]

  • Consumer pull

Consumer pull

  • August 1st, 2013

Proprietary Variety Management, a new company helping to commercialize  two new red-fleshed apple varieties developed by Bill Howell of Prosser, Washington, is using a different strategy from how varieties have been introduced in the past.

The company’s general manager John Reeves said the value chain starts with the breeder, goes [...]

  • Export promotions need shipper support

Export promotions need shipper support

  • August 1st, 2013

Todd Fryhover, president of the Washington Apple Commission, says the industry needs to increase demand.
Geraldine Warner

The Washington Apple Commission is strengthening its export program in anticipation of larger volumes of apples coming onto the U.S. market in the next few years and wants shippers to support its efforts [...]

  • China could become big pear market

China could become big pear market

  • July 1st, 2013
China could become a significant market for U.S. pears. Louis Ng, who represents the Pear Bureau Northwest in China, believes China could be importing 500,000 to 600,000 boxes of pears annually within the next five to ten years. That would make China the second-largest pear export market after Mexico.
  • Bing dethroned

Bing dethroned

  • June 1st, 2013

The Bing cherry, long the king of the Northwest industry, is losing ground to the newer Canadian varieties.

In the 2000 season, Bing represented almost 75 percent of the Northwest cherry crop. By 2012, cherries sold as Bing represented only 22 percent of the crop. Meanwhile, varieties from British Columbia [...]

  • New model for variety release

New model for variety release

  • June 1st, 2013

RiverBelle
Courtesy of Wescott Agri Products

Two new apple varieties, Pazazz and RiverBelle, are growing in some apple orchards and coming to market through a new development process.

The apples are being commercialized by Apple Varietal Development LLC, a company organized by Fred Wescott, owner of Wescott Orchards and Agri Products [...]