Report: Tree fruit industry left hanging during the COVID-19 pandemic

A few weeks ago, it seemed like grocery stores couldn’t keep products on their shelves and that business was great for the food industry. According to a story in the Wenatchee World, a lot of... more »

USApple: Fresh apple holdings up 21% from a year ago

The U.S. Apple Association has released its May 2020 edition of Market News. This is the seventh report on the 2019 apple crop. According to the survey prepared by Mark Seetin, USApple director of regulatory and... more »

Washington state apple growers experience bloom season

Bloom season in Washington signals the start of a new apple crop. Across the state, apple trees are in the last bloom stages, dependent on elevation and location. The rolling slopes of Washington orchards are... more »

How to create a plan for apple thinning, which is science and art

Apple bloom is quickly approaching and with it, growers will have many decisions to make for the season ahead. One of the biggest – to thin or not to thin? To me, thinning is a... more »

SweeTango growers focus on doing good, keeping open the pipeline to market 

Growers of SweeTango apples from coast to coast are bringing life to the mantra “do well by doing good,” supporting food banks and feeding programs in communities hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. And at... more »

Apple disease control: Bloom through petal fall tips from Penn State

The 2020 season is shaping up to be very interesting, as well as challenging. Based on our current conditions and the forecast, we may experience a protracted bloom this season for a large part of... more »

Pennsylvania apple, pear growers should check flowers for freeze damage

Similar to what we reported for peaches on April 21, weather stations at the Fruit Research and Extension Center in Adams County, Pennsylvania, showed that there was a strong temperature inversion about 5 a.m. with calm winds.... more »

Cornell Orchards donates apples to area school districts

Cornell Orchards has long been known for its generosity in supporting the local community. So when the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close, leaving many students without regular access to meals, the orchards’ staff saw an... more »

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