Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

ADVERTISEMENT

Feedback wanted on Washington’s consolidation plan

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Four Washington tree fruit industry organizations will consolidate next summer, and the question now is how best to do it, Robert Kershaw told members of the Washington State Horticultural Association at their annual meeting.

“People keep

Read More

 0

Going to market

Farmers' markets are booming, and fruit growers are capitalizing.

Read More

 0

The Cold Train

Since early in 2010, more produce--including apples--has been hauled east by rail.

Read More

 0

Grower comments wanted

Consolidation task force seeks input.

Read More

 0

Farmers’ markets provide feedback

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Steve Chinchiolo of River Bend Orchards in Ripon, California, has sold fruit through farmers’ markets since the late 1980s. While the direct marketing represents only a small portion of his total crop sales, the markets

Read More

 0

New Zealand’s ­audacious plan

The New Zealand pipfruit industry hopes to double its worth in the coming decade.

Read More

 0

Good Stuff

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Early Pink Lady
An early maturing selection of Pink Lady (cultivar Cripps Pink) is available from Brandt’s Fruit Trees in Yakima, Washington.

The selection matures up to three weeks earlier than the standard Pink Lady. Another distinction

Read More

 0

Cider business flourishes

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Hard cider is a burgeoning industry in the Pacific Northwest, with 32 cideries at last count. But most people who learn how to make cider don’t give a thought to where they’re going to obtain the

Read More

 0

Hort Show time!

Washington and Michigan kick off the winter meeting season with packed programs.

Read More

 0

Lottery planned for WA 38

Washington State University expects big demand for trees of its latest apple release.

Read More

 0

Russian retailers see Washington harvest

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Produce buyers from five Russian retail chains, who came to Washington State this week to learn about the tree fruit industry, said they were impressed by the technology in orchards and packing houses, as well

Read More

 0

Michigan apple industry sets shipment record

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

The Michigan apple industry set new shipment records two weeks in a row in October, shipping 414,702 boxes of apples the week of October 12. According to the USDA-MDA Market News Service, the

Read More

 0

Free ag business training

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is offering a day of free training for agricultural businesses on November 15 in Tumwater, Washington. A total of 19 classes will be offered on

Read More

 0

Tucker Cellars finds niche

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Third-generation wine grape grower Randy Tucker has made wine in Washington’s Yakima Valley for 30 years. Through the decades, he’s changed business plans at Tucker Cellars to fine-tune the winery’s market niche, but he’s now

Read More

 0

Finding the sweet spot

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

As a grower and marketer of premium tree fruits for the fresh market, Craig Campbell had to adjust his mindset when he got into the cider-making business.

For fresh apples, he carefully monitors fruit maturity so

Read More

 0

Cherry sales sizzle in China

Online cherry sales in China were the highlight of a season that growers, marketers, and retailers would rather forget.

Read More

 0

They like it fresh

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

If you’re a person who doesn’t like tattoos and body piercings, looks suspiciously at people with dark skin, doesn’t like to hear people speaking languages other than English, and hates people who text message while

Read More

 0

Apple growers to harvest larger crop

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

The U.S. Apple Association lowered its estimate of the size of the United States apple crop by 3.2 million bushels from an estimate it made August 1.

At its annual Crop Marketing and Outlook Conference in

Read More

 0

Learning from last season

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

The 2012 U.S. apple crop holds some lessons for apple marketers, lessons that are not “intuitive.” For example, consumers will buy apples even at high prices.

Steve Lutz, executive vice president of the Nielsen Perishables Group,

Read More

 0

Top 5 things your marketer would tell you

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

1
We understand your risks and challenges. Mast said marketers understand the huge risks that growers take when planting orchards. Increasing production costs and retailers’ food safety requirements are just adding to the challenges.

“We want to

Read More

 0

Farm markets abound

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Many growers whose orchards are in or near urbanized or suburbanized landscapes grab the opportunity to sell their fruit directly to consumers. They do so either from markets they operate at the farm or at

Read More

 0

Apple commission hires export coordinator

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Randi Harnden will join the Washington Apple Commission as export coordinator starting October 7.

Her appointment is part of a staff realignment following the departure two months ago of Chris Scott, the commission’s export trade specialist.

Read More

 0

Winery showcases estate fruit

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.

Read More

 0

Pear Marketing: Connect with the customer

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Pears are a relatively small item in the fresh produce department, but they are still important to retailers. Pears make up 1.2 percent of fresh produce sales, compared with berries at 9.7 percent, apples at

Read More

 0

New York apples names

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Those two new apple varieties formerly called New York 1 and New York 2 and now named SnapDragon and RubyFrost were named “the good fashioned way, with hard work.”

That’s according to Jeff Crist, vice chair

Read More

 0

Top Five pear research needs

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

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

Read More

 0

Task force to fine-tune merger proposal

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

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

Read More

 0

Michigan growers petition to create Tree Fruit Commission

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

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

Read More

 0

Celebrating cider in Seattle

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

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

Read More

 0

Washington forecasts 120-million-box apple crop

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

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

Read More

 0

New York apples get their names: SnapDragon and RubyFrost

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

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

Read More

 0

Cider history repeated?

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Reputedly, hard cider is America’s historic beverage, once considered safer to drink than water and easy to produce since apples grow readily. In 1726, according to one source, average per-capita consumption of hard cider was

Read More

 0

The French connection

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

At least a dozen orchardists along the Hudson River from New York City north to Albany are developing cideries—the apple cider equivalent of grape wineries.

They’ve developed the Hudson Valley Cider Alliance, are putting together a

Read More

 0

How many apples?

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

When the U.S. Apple Association convenes in Chicago later this month for the Apple Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference, three things will be on the minds of the more than 300 growers, packers, and shippers

Read More

 0

Export promotions need shipper support

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

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.

Read More

 0

Consumer pull

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

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

Read More

 0

Good Stuff

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Closer receives registration
Dow AgroSciences has received federal registration of its sulfoxaflor insecticide, sold under the brand name Closer, which is designed to control sap-feeding insects, such as aphids, in tree fruits and other crops. It

Read More

 0

Undercover production in China

Greenhouses or high tunnels can advance the ripening of peaches and nectarines. (Video and Photo Gallery at bottom of story)

Read More

 0

China could become big pear market

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.

Read More

 0

Bing dethroned

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

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

Read More

 0

New model for variety release

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

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,

Read More

 0

Good Point: China

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

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

Read More

 0

First Bite

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

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

Read More

 0

Nurseries invest in Phytelligence

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Four major nurseries that form the North American group of the International New Varieties ­Network (INN) have made a significant investment in a new biotechnology company called Phytelligence.

Phytelligence, which is based in Pullman, Washington, was

Read More

 0

Chelan Fruit gears up

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Orondo Ruby is a yellow-fleshed cherry that has more blush and matures earlier than Rainier.
PHOTO COURTESY OF G&C ORCHARDS

Cherry production in north central Washington State is growing at such a pace that Chelan Fruit Cooperative

Read More

 0

Food Alliance’s future uncertain

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

A lack of funding has forced the Food Alliance to suspend its operations, though its licensed producers will be able to use the eco-label through the end of the year.

The Food Alliance, based in Portland,

Read More

 0

Trends in organic tree fruit

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Washington State University’s sustainable agriculture specialist David Granatstein keeps tabs on organic tree fruit production statistics, compiling charts and graphs from data supplied by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. The most recent statistics from

Read More

 0

Plantings set record pace

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

If Washington’s 129-million-box apple crop took you by surprise last fall, consider this.

If there hadn’t been hailstorms throughout Washington State during the growing season, there could have been 12 to 15 million more boxes by

Read More

 0

Why organic cherries are in decline

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Organic cherry acreage in Washington State was up. Now it’s down. What’s behind the flux in acreage?

Organic cherry acreage reached a high of nearly 2,450 acres in 2009, according to data from the Washington State

Read More

 0

Meet Washington State’s new agriculture director

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

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

Read More

 0