Peach trees cut down to make room for planting project

It's difficult to tell which is louder. The constant whoosh of vehicles on S.C. 160, or the whine of a chipping machine devouring tree limbs. heraldonlineTo read more, click here. more »

Finding right genes could speed up apple breeding

In the last decade or so, apple varieties – even traditional varieties like Red Delicious – have gotten better. Traits like taste and pressure have improved. Tools that weren’t available even 10 years ago –... more »

OSU helps decode strawberry genome in bid to improve fruit

Researchers at Oregon State University have helped sequence the genome of a wild strawberry, laying the groundwork for genetic improvements to related fruits like apples, peaches and pears.The advance was published online by the journal... more »

December apple holdings down

U.S. fresh-market apple holdings on Dec. 1 were 91.3 million bushels, a 4 percent decrease from December 2009 holdings and 1 percent less than the five-year average.Total processing apple holdings on Dec. 1 were 35.4... more »

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 »

Farmhand works hard, finds a full life

Antonio Sandoval lives with his family in a blue rancher on Laurel Avenue, surrounded by the blueberry pastures he has worked in for decades, more than 2,000 miles from his home state of Nayarit, Mexico.... 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 »

Blueberry growers in 4 West Michigan counties fined for labor violations

The U.S. Labor Department is ordering blueberry farmers and contractors in four West Michigan counties to pay nearly $106,000 in penalties and back wages after an investigation over the summer turned up migrant housing and... more »

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