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Mission to Kazakhstan
Young Kazakhs are being trained in horticulture to help them improve orchard production.
Northern Grapes Project gets $2.6 million in added funding
Northern Grapes Project Director Dr. Timothy Martinson speaks about the training system trials during a field day at Coyote Moon Vineyards in Clayton, NY.
Prune out dead crab apple tissue
Reduce disease risk by pruning crab apple trees.
Research tackles decay issue
A new project will focus on controlling decay and finding pollinizers that are not disease hosts.
Ste. Michelle hosts rootstock trial
This is one of the first full-scale rootstock trials in a commercial vineyard
Chose plant material wisely
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates will plant nematode-resistant rootstocks for the first time in Washington on a small scale.
Market trends favor apples
Changing demographics and eating habits open opportunities for apples.
New York varieties come to market
Production of two new apples developed at Cornell is ramping up.
Stemilt to manage new Minnesota apple
MN55 offers Honeycrisp qualities a month earlier.
European consumers like bicolored apples
Smitten resembles its grandparent Gala but is less prone to splitting and stores well. (Courtesy Honey Bear Tree Fruit Company) European consumers prefer
Marketer is smitten
Randy Steensma thinks the New Zealand apple Smitten has a big future.
Growers and consumers like the look of WA 38
Growers to plant WA 38 in 2017
Guy William “Bill” Powers, 1926 – 2014
Washington wine industry legend Bill Powers, known for his innovative, organic grape growing and winemaking, died September 23. He was 88.
Cider demand outstrips supply
It takes the right fruit to produce good hard cider.
Expect to wait for cider apple trees
Most major nurseries don’t carry cider apples in their inventories.
The hard trials of growing cider apples
Be prepared for a large investment and modest yields.
Worldwide apple crop looking big
China is expecting record harvest.
An early Honeycrisp debuts
A new strain ripens three weeks earlier than the standard Honeycrisp.
Large crop on Interpoma agenda
Europe’s record apple crop and Russia’s ban on European imports will be on the agenda at Interpoma, a biennial congress and trade fair scheduled for
Line built specially for Rainiers
Chelan Fruit Cooperative, one of the largest packers of Rainier cherries in Washington State, built a new packing facility this year that was
Online cherry promotion earns campaign of the year honor
Asia Fruit Logistica Marketer award 2014 Northwest Cherry Growers and two Chinese online retailers, Fruitday and Tmall, have received Asia Fruit Logistica’s Marketing
East Malling appoints French researcher
East Malling Research in Kent, England, has appointed physiologist Dr. Julien Lecourt to lead research into optimizing efficiency, yields, and postharvest quality in temperate tree
Scientists join Summerland Varieties Corporation board
Two retired Agriculture and Agri-foods Canada scientists have been appointed to the board of the Summerland Varieties Corporation (previously known as the Okanagan Plant Improvement
Nicholson is named new chair of U.S. Apple Association
Chris Britton (left), past chair of USApple, hands the gavel to incoming chair Mark Nicholson.(Courtesy of USApple) Mark Nicholson of Red Jacket Orchards
Jessica & Sara Ecker, Young Growers from Trempealeau, Wisconsin
ages / (Jess, on left in photo) 33, (Sara, on right in photo) 30 crops / Apples, blueberries, and peaches education / Jessica
Tastefully written: Author takes us on a tour of apples
Apples of Uncommon Character is aimed at general readers, but growers too will enjoy Jacobsen’s comments about the apple’s history and enduring appeal.
New Zealand apple Koru finds fans
Koru brand apples will be produced in Washington and New York.
Good to the core
"Eager Eve" by Brooke Figer I find myself consumed with the details in this issue’s cover — a brilliant painting by Cleveland artist
New Michigan commission signs agreement with university
Michigan growers pledge their money in return for assurances.