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The Optimal Orchard

Featured stories about the optimal orchard appear in this issue.

Undercover apples

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A British Columbia, Canada, orchard is pioneering crop tunnels for apple --production. Raymond and Sonja Barker of Silverhill Orchard in Mission, B.C., about an hour's

Good Question

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Ed Wittenbach Belding, Michigan "Hottest variety." The optimal orchard starts with the hottest variety out there, said Belding, Michigan, grower Ed Wittenbach. While Honeycrisp is

Sensing good fruit

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Dr. Renfu Lu is using multispectral-based prototype sorting equipment to determine internal apple quality. There's new interest in technology for specialty crops, thanks in part

Last Bite

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Organized in 1901, the California Fruit Exchange, a marketing cooperative of independent fruit growers and shippers, sold its products under the brand name Blue Anchor.

Good Point

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In the December issue of Good Fruit Grower, Washington State University announced an upcoming fruit school on Competitive Orchard Systems (COS). During the annual meeting

Lake Chelan's growth industry

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Lou Wagoner and Don Wood produce 2,000 cases of wine at Icicle Ridge, including dessert ice wines made from estate-grown grapes. On a sunny afternoon,

First Bite

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Janet Turner, technician at Oregon State University's Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hood River, explains a Competitive Orchard Systems trial for pears. There

Value in the land

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Just north of Oroville, Washington, on the shores of Lake Osoyoos, plans for the first phase of the 110-unit Veranda Beach resort development are steaming

Meaningful orchard trials

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I am amazed how often I visit a grower's trial to pass comment and find that some fundamental error in the design does not allow

Apple research surges in China

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As global apple industry competition intensifies, apple-producing countries often seek to boost their competitiveness. One way to improve performance is through new growing strategies and

MCP works at lower rates

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Some cold storage operators could lower MCP concentrations, reducing costs without losing effectiveness, according to some research data from Michigan State University. MSU scientists also