Mathison named WSHA board president

The Washington State Horticultural Association completed its 106th annual meeting Dec. 8. During the three-day meeting in Yakima, WSHA selected West Mathison as its 2011 board president, succeeding John Verbrugge.Market researcher Desmond O’Rourke spoke to... more »

Engelsmas win third cider trophy

A record number of entries were submitted in the 14th Annual Michigan Apple Cider Contest, with Engelsma’s Apple Barn of Walker earning first-place honors.It marks the third win in the competition for cider mill owners... more »

Organic tree fruit growers get together

Not only is it possible to grow organic tree fruit commercially in the humid Midwest, there’s actually a big demand for it. More organic growers are needed, though, and those that exist could always use... more »

Chinese fresh apples a step closer to U.S. market

Chinese fresh apples are a step closer to the U.S. market, but it might be years before they’re allowed within our borders – if they’re allowed at all.In November, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection... more »

Firm develops apples that won’t turn brown when sliced

A British Columbia biotechnology company is entering the final stages of an application to the United States to market genetically modified apples that do not turn brown when sliced. The Vancouver SunTo read more, click... more »

Removing unmanaged apple and pear trees

Acreage of pear orchards in Lake County has declined steadily from an historical high of over 8,000 acres in 1977 to just over 2,200 acres today. This indicates how difficult it is to make a... more »

Apple holdings down from last year

According to the U.S. Apple Association, fresh apple holdings Nov. 1 totaled 103.8 million bushels, a 7 percent decrease from last year and 2 percent less than the five-year average.Processing apple holdings totaled 38.2 million... more »

Brown marmorated stink bug a dangerous pest

USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Administrator Ed Knipling and other agency experts met with representatives from the apple and other agricultural industries last week to address the impact of a rapidly emerging orchard pest –... more »

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