Apples

‘Smooth net-like russeting’ now no grade factor for Fujis

The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has amended the U.S. Standards for Grades of Apples to remove smooth net-like russeting as a grade-determining factor for Fuji apples in the U.S. Extra Fancy, U.S. Fancy and... more »

Gov. Whitmer proclaims October Michigan Apple Month

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed October to be Michigan Apple Month, recognizing the importance of the Michigan apple industry. Michigan is known for its diverse agriculture, which includes many specialty crops such as apples. Apples... more »

Thousands of apples stolen from Indiana orchard

An orchard in northwest Indiana recently reported tens of thousands of apples were stolen right off its trees. The story received attention from regional and national media. Writing about the incident on Facebook, owner Jon Drummond said... more »

Washington Rep. wants better apple access in India

Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Washington, sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Sept. 18, calling on him to elevate Washington apple access in India by reducing tariff rates for U.S. apple growers. “Washington state is... more »

Rainier Fruit starts holiday giving for ‘Pears for Pairs’

Rainier Fruit recently announced a second year of its holiday charity program, Pears for Pairs, which buys socks for the homeless. The campaign launches in stores in September. Rainier will contribute a portion of the... more »

‘Wild Side’ authors describe ‘planned chaos’ of fruit farm

Vermont fruit growers Nancy and John Hayden are the authors of "Farming on the Wild Side," a book due out from Chelsea Green publishers Sept. 19. The book discusses how they reverted their property into... more »

Arrigoni screens promote safe production of apples and pears

Globally, the annual production of apples is around 80 million tons (source: WAPA). The pear instead exceeds 23 million tons (source: FAO). Together, these two fruits represent one of the most produced and consumed fruit... more »

Michigan Apple Committee seeking the next apple queen

Women with a strong and definite connection to the Michigan Apple industry are encouraged to apply for the 2020 Michigan Apple Queen title. The application deadline is Oct. 11, 2019. The new queen will be... more »


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