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Those rotten Honeycrisp
Among the cultivar’s many problem features is exceptional susceptibility to fruit rots.
Peter Martini, Young Grower from Escalon, California
age / 37 crops / Peaches and almonds title / Farm manager business / Martini Farms, LLC. Peter is a third-generation farmer taking
Nurseries struggle to meet demand
Growers are spending their profits on updating orchards.
Nurseries fund East Malling research
INN will provide funding for rootstock development.
Consumers rate Cosmic Crisp (WA 38)
After the apples had been stored for several months, consumers preferred the taste and texture of WA 38 over Honeycrisp.
Good, better, best? The quest for better apple rootstocks
Headed whips are being planted in a rootstock trial at Wapato, Washington in 2014. The replant-tolerant Geneva rootstocks have the ability to grow vigorously and
Building for the apple boom
Washington’s apple production has ramped up faster than expected.
High demand for trees
There seems to be no letup in growers’ desire to plant more apple trees.
More varieties on the way
Higher-quality apples should increase consumption and expand trade.
Breeding becomes more efficient
Genetic markers are available for predicting many fruit traits, but nothing can replace the human palate.
Several new varieties are coming to market with high expectations.
Bill Schultz, Young Grower from Mattawan, Michigan
age / 32 crops / apples, cherries, peaches, grapes, asparagus, and sweet corn business / Schultz Fruitridge Farms, Inc. Bill works along with
New apples don’t come with owner’s manuals.
What a Gem! A pear that resists fire blight
Gem is a new fireblight resistant pear tends not to russet. Gem, a new fire blight-resistant pear variety from the U.S. Department of
Leafroll virus is costly
Vine removal costs include a three-person crew to use a front-end loader and pull out each vine. It works out to $132 per acre
What makes apple trees tick?
Lakso used "full canopy balloon chambers" to measure carbon dioxide removal from air to study whole tree photosynthesis and later used them to study
California nursery sales brisk
Coral Champagne is still a popular variety for new plantings in California. California tree fruit nurseries are as busy as ever. For apple
Geneva in Washington
Third-leaf Fuji on Malling 9 rootstock in unfumigated groundat Brewster, Washington. (Courtesy Tom Auvil)The following observations regarding replant-tolerant Geneva rootstocks have been made as a
Club apples are in demand
WA-38.(Geraldine Warner/Good Fruit Grower) Twenty years ago, Red Delicious apple production peaked in Washington at more than 60 million packed boxes. Just three
Pazazz apples A number of new varieties that are coming to market are being touted as being better than Honeycrisp. Pazazz, a variety