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New approaches to frost control
The height of the vines influences how they fare during cold weather.
Certified grape stock in short supply
If your nursery order isn’t already in, you’re too late for 2014.
Last pear packer standing
Naumes, Inc., responds to challenges and keeps its Medford packing house viable.
Naumes stays focused on pears
The Naumes family returns to its roots in Medford, after selling most of its California orchards.
Medford’s pear industry rebounds
Good Fruit Grower visited Medford to see how the region has adjusted to industry changes. The news is good.
Boone Davis, Young Grower Jan. 15, 2014
Q: What attracted you to farming? My great-grandfather was one of the early pear farmers in the upper valley. Everyone said he was
Column: Checkbooks in hand
Record fruit prices draw international investors to Pacific Northwest agriculture.
Column: Now, more than ever, exports need to score!
As apple production increases, all regions of the country need to increase exports.
Top 5 global wine trends
A survey of 115 international wine trade professionals, commissioned by ProWein, an international trade fair of wines and spirits, points to five major developments in
World fruit watch for January 15, 2014
Happenings in the world of tree fruit.
Distinguished service awards announced at Great Lakes Expo
The Michigan State Horticultural Society presented Distinguished Service Awards to two people during the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo. Jim Koan, of
Michigan’s best cider award winners
Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill won Michigan’s annual sweet cider contest. Second place went to Hill Brothers Orchards and Cider Mill, Grand Rapids, and third
Michigan Apple Queen crowned
Elizabeth Wittenbach of Belding (right) was crowned the 2014 Michigan Apple Queen, and Emily Webster of Paw Paw is first runner-up. (Richard Lehnert/Good Fruit
Oregon Cherry Growers promotes Weeden
Danny Weeden (Courtesy Almquist Studios) Grower-owned cooperative Oregon Cherry Growers has announced the promotion of Danny Weeden, ten-year company veteran, to the role
Growers asked to tax themselves
Michigan growers to vote in February on proposed Tree Fruit Commission.
Michigan is at the north end of the migrant stream.
Michigan’s Expo draws record crowd
Speakers focus on threats to bees, funds for experiment stations, and fruiting walls.
No ban on small cherries
Committee decides not to eliminate 12-row red cherries.
Who will market WA 38?
Growers will be free to work with their regular packers and marketers and WSU will license them.
Don’t give Honeycrisp away
Growers must deliver quality and marketers must hold out for high prices.
Rodent bait station
Growers can easily build their own nontoxic bait station for rodents, patterned after a system originally devised in California to control bubonic plague in chipmunks.
Alternatives for disease control
Chitosan not only reduces decay but induces resistance in the plant.
Improving cherry quality
Yan Wang will test whether preharvest salt applications can reduce cherry pitting and splitting after harvest.
Tips for storing Honeycrisp
As volumes increase, Honeycrisp will need to be stored longer.
Pear slicing is not perfected yet
Crunch Pak, the country’s largest fresh apple slicer, is still figuring out how best to slice pears.
NFE’s Archer retires
Jim Archer Good Fruit Grower file After leading the Northwest Fruit Exporters for 20 years, Jim Archer retired at the end of 2013.
Fruit ripening compounds discovered
The compounds might solve ripening problems in pears treated with MCP.
Ripe pears mean more sales
Few consumers know how to check a pear for ripeness.