Good to Know: Production priorities for USDA research
At Appalachian Fruit Research Station, scientists focus on sustainable production for modern systems.
IFTA tour visits modern, resilient Michigan orchards
On Day 2 of the annual conference, IFTA buses visited a few locations on the Fruit Ridge north of Grand Rapids, where most of Michigan’s apples grow.
Where pathogens persist in the packing house
Clemson University food safety study focuses on dry packing-line surfaces.
Insect eradication is hard
In the fight against invasive species, odds favor invaders.
Great Lakes EXPO, Day 2: Join the stone fruit revolution
Michigan State University horticulture professor Greg Lang is calling for a stone fruit revolution.
WSU’s 2023 North Central Washington Tree Fruit Days announced
2023 North Central Washington Tree Fruit Days are scheduled Jan. 17 to 19 in Wenatchee, Jan. 21 in Chelan and Feb. 7 in Omak
Tests of taste help find the right flavor
Family Tree Farms uses weekly tastings to steer variety development.
Efficiencies of flavor
Family Tree Farms and the California stone fruit industry seek an edge in production with trellises and platforms.
Stone fruit ‘sea change’ — Video
Pennsylvania growers testing high-density peach plantings.
Ty Muxlow, a young grower from Kingsburg, California
Ty graduated from California State University, Fresno with a degree in ag business and plant science. He’s the son of Becky and Andy Muxlow.
Strong demand and limited supply continue for California prunes
The California Prune Board’s executive committee is estimating 75,000 short tons (68,000 metric tons) in
USDA announces disaster relief funds available for 2020 and 2021 losses
On May 16, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the availability of approximately $6 billion
Slaybaugh family’s “orchard facelift” targets modernizing and mechanizing.
Keep the peach in reach
Pedestrian orchards keep labor costs in check for Idaho growers.
California growers choosing almonds over apricots
Labor costs for stone fruit production push growers toward nut crops.
Colorado replants and reimagines
Following a killing freeze, some family fruit farms are reconsidering their future.
An uncertain path for a Colorado family farm
Organic grower reflects on the future of his family farm after back-to-back disasters and the ongoing threat of drought.
A Colorado fruit-growing family refocuses on apples — and cider.
Adams’ apples, plus peaches and pears
IFTA tours Pennsylvania: Fresh sales, high-density plantings and precision ag on display in Adams County.
Proposed rule could mean cooling complications
Experts uncertain about how the FDA’s proposed ag water quality rule will impact orchardists.
Washington state to survey growers about perceptions of commodity commissions
The Washington State Auditor’s Office is conducting an audit of the effectiveness of the state’s
New stone fruit thinner now available
New product can reduce need for hand labor.
BYOB: Bring your own bees — Video
Using mason bees requires year-round chores.
Benjamin Keim, a young grower from Boyertown, Pennsylvania
Benjamin is a fifth-generation grower who graduated from Penn State University and is the past president of the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania. He’s the son of Marie and Richard Keim.
“Feeling the Heat” webinar for Pacific Northwest tree fruit Feb. 28
The Okanagan Horticultural Advisor’s Group and BC Fruit Growers’ Association announced in a news release
WSDA workshop March 8: IPM Practices for Tree Fruit in Washington State
The Washington State Department of Agriculture Plant Protection Division and Yakima County Horticultural Pest and
IFTA Day 3: Pennsylvania by conference room
Michigan State University Extension specialist Anna Wallis discusses chemical thinners at the International Fruit Tree
IFTA Day 2: Pennsylvania by bus
Pennsylvania grower Blake Slaybaugh, right, discusses pruning techniques and rootstocks with members of the International
Uncovering the foe below
Researchers take mangrove approach to fight killer of peach and tart cherry trees.
North Central Washington Tree Fruit Days Jan. 18–20 and Feb. 9
Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension announced the schedule for North Central Washington
Washington specialty crop farms eligible for new program with free consulting, deadline Dec. 15
Through Dec. 15, the Washington State Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for a new
Northwest cherry and stone fruit research review scheduled Nov. 9
The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, in collaboration with the Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission, invites
Crop coverage complexity
Whole-Farm Revenue Protection insurance is attractive to specialty crops, but be sure to know what you are signing up for.
Summer fruit sensor search
Australian initiative seeks new technologies for stone fruit by 2022.
Roots of research for improving Florida peaches
Florida peach industry seeks wider variety of rootstocks.
Apricot grower finding a niche
Small stone fruit farm finds promise in multiple apricot markets.
Pondering a pollen pathway
Clemson studying virus transmission in peach orchards.
The wrath grows over grape data
The USDA pares back annual fruit production surveys to major states.
The root of armor
Search for root rot-resistant Prunus rootstocks backed by $5 million USDA grant.
Danae Yount and Cherie Steinmetz, young growers from the Yakima Valley, Washington
Cherie and Danae are new tree fruit growers with their brothers, Trevor and Taylor Perrault. Both graduated from Central Washington University and are daughters of Tina and Tim Perrault.
Good to Know: Approaching apricots in 2D
Training trees with multiple leaders and no branches can quicken investment returns.
Full extent of freeze damage unknown for Great Lakes fruit
Snow on apple blossoms at Beasley’s Orchard in Danville, Indiana, on April 21. Freezing temperatures
WSDA raises alarm about Japanese beetle reports in Yakima Valley
Residents and growers asked to report sightings, even from last season.
National Organic Standards Board meetings upcoming, NHC urges growers to comment
The National Organic Standards Board has scheduled its spring meetings in April with discussion to
AgWeatherNet to offer frost forecasts for the Washington tree fruit industry
Observed low temperatures from AgWeatherNet stations, such as these seen on March 11, will be
March 16 webinar will cover modern stone fruit training systems in the Northeast
Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program is hosting a webinar on modern
Help from above for tree fruit growers
Changes in climate and wages may fuel a surge in aerial applications.
Washington and the Netherlands make orchard innovation collaboration official
After two years of conversation and planning, this week Washington state formalized a partnership with the Netherlands to collaborate on research and technology innovation for the tree fruit industry.
IFTA shares details on virtual February meeting
What’s a winter IFTA meeting without that tingling sensation of cold toes during a snowy
Orchard investments continue to grow
USApple panel: Private equity still sees solid long-term prospects in tree fruit.