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The Next Decade

Featured stories about the next decade appear in this issue.

Apple marketing incentive

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"If an apple were to explode like a hand grenade when it reached a stage of ripeness not permitting it to reach the consumer in

Ready for change

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As the new president, John Verbrugge will lead Washington's Horticultural Association into more involvement with state regulatory issues. New Hort President John Verbrugge represents a

Blast from the past

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Robots harvesting fruit, scientists creating the perfect apple trees in petri dishes, and a fruit industry run by conglomerates were just some of the changes

Growers foresee change

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There are too many new apple varieties, says Polish orchardist Krzysztof Hermanowicz. New market niches, more emphasis on eating quality, technological advances in the orchard,

Sorting technology

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Tree fruit packers believe that future technology will improve labor efficiencies while improving fruit quality New technology will touch all areas of tree fruit production

Embracing change

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Laura Mrachek works to make a difference in the tree fruit industry. Laura Mrachek, retiring president of the Washington State Horticultural Association, likes change. So,

Field sorting culls

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One area of research that John Verbrugge thinks has been overlooked is field sorting of culls. Verbrugge, new president of the Washington State Horticultural Association,

GRAS2P: Not another audit program

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Susan Pheasant Tesco Nature's Choice, British Retail Consortium, Safe Quality Food 1000 and 2000, U.S. Department of Agriculture GAP, Costco, Food Alliance, GlobalGAP, Primus, Protected

Last Bite – The Land of the Yakamas

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Cowin paid careful attention to marketing, and his high-quality fruit stood out in the marketplace. In 1909-1910, Earle Cowin earned the distinction of being one

Good Point – Jim McFerson

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Predictions and promises are easy enough, as long as they're vague. On the other hand, few people really remember the predictions, so why not take

Research viewpoint

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Soft fruit breeder Ralph Scorza and colleagues developed this pitless plum. Continuing budget constraints at U.S. universities will result in fewer scientists and less research

Cold-friendly varieties

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Last winter's cold damage has helped researchers and grape growers identify varieties that are best suited to British Columbia's Okanagan Valley. Working with a handful

Surviving the cold

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These grapevines await their winter pruning. Mechanically pruning vines that have severe bud damage from cold may be a cost-effective option, says Vincor's Frank Hellwig.

Past, present, and future

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Chuck Peters designed his new pear orchard with mechanization and new technologies in mind. It might be possible to develop apples with yet-to-be-identified health benefits,