Apples

New diagnostic methods for apple fire blight introduced

Agdia of Elkhart, Indiana, has commercialized an Elisa assay for detection of Erwinia amylovora, the causal agent of fire blight on apple and pear. Erwinia amylovora is a gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium that causes fire blight... more »

Northern Virginia’s first cidery to open in Alexandria, source local apples

Virginia’s Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, the Honorable Bettina K. Ring, announced May 12 that Lost Boy Cider, a soon-to-open Alexandria business, will receive an Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) program grant. The announcement,... more »

Apples not included in latest Chinese tariffs

U.S. apple growers may breathe a little more freely than those that farm other export crops. Apples are not included in China’s latest round of tariffs, the Washington Apple Commission’s Todd Fryhover told Seattle-based TV... more »

New Michigan Apple chair, Mark Youngquist, positive on future

A fifth-generation apple man with optimism for the future will lead Michigan growers. The Michigan Apple Committee Board of Directors this spring elected Mark Youngquist as its chairman. The grower-funded, nonprofit committee promotes marketing, education... more »

‘Future Orchard Production System’ drives orchard outlook

With heightened attention being given to labor-saving robotic harvesters and other innovative tools for tree fruit growers, a continued concentration is being given to the development of orchard planting systems that will be able to... more »

Diving into the ‘first commercial robotic apple harvest’

Robots are in an orchard. This is not a drill. Machines took in the harvest at T&G Global orchards in Hawkes Bay, a large apple production area in New Zealand where the picking season runs... more »

Apples4Ed grant funds deaf school’s snack station

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) on May 7 presented students at the Michigan School for the Deaf with a $4,000 Apples4Ed grant. The Michigan School for the Deaf was founded in 1848 by an act... more »

Total apples in storage on May 1 down 13 percent from 2018

The U.S. Apple Association on May 7 issued its seventh report on the 2018 apple crop. According to the survey, this year’s fresh apple holdings on May 1, 2019, totaled 38.6 million bushels, 13 percent... more »


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