Featured stories about pears and more in this issue.
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For ag, it’s time to shine
Fruit growers turn to more affordable solar power.
Crop coverage complexity
Whole-Farm Revenue Protection insurance is attractive to specialty crops, but be sure to know what you are signing up for.
Gem reaches Year 3
Producers of dual-threat pear now have enough volume to market more aggressively.
Table grape settings
Seedless varieties could be a viable crop in New England.
Good to Know: Ten pruning rules
Universal techniques that deliver high yields and packouts of apples and pears.
Timing is everything for Cosmic Crisp
Harvest window key to avoiding greasiness for WA 38.
Toward precision pear packing
For Anjous, ripening efforts begin to pay off.
Putting IPM to work
Wenatchee Valley pear growers implement integrated pest management strategies to help control pear psylla.
Learning from the heat wave
Cherry industry loses 20 percent of the crop to heat and wonders about future impacts.
A test for heat stress
In-orchard cooling methods varied as heat wave hit.
Moffitt: Still fresh after 90 years
Social media marketing and “Pearsonality” graphics introduce consumers to pears.
Rayapati: Know your viruses
The importance of diagnostic testing for the management of viral diseases in vineyards.
Dianna Sanchez, a young grower from Chelan, Washington
Dianna graduated from Washington State University with a degree in fruit and vegetable management and works as a technical support agronomist with Stemilt Growers. She is the daughter of Claudia Hernandez and Carlos Sanchez.
John Carter: 1946–2021
John Carter, a longtime cherry grower in The Dalles, Oregon, and former Good Fruit Grower of the Year, died Aug. 9 following an illness. A
Jim Koempel: 1945–2021
Longtime orchardist Jim Koempel died July 26 at his home in Dryden, Washington, following a prolonged battle with Parkinson’s disease. Jim Koempel (Courtesy Koempel family)
MSU opens West-central Michigan research station
The Earl & Linda Peterson West Michigan Research Station will conduct mainly tree fruit and asparagus research on 68 acres of farmland near Hart, Michigan.