Peaches

Experimenting with high-density blocks

In March, an International Fruit Tree Association tour visited C&M Orchards near Prosser, Wash., where owners Craig and Mike O’Brien showed their visitors a 52-acre block of high-density apples they planted in 2000. The apples... more »

Monitoring peach and nectarine ripening

Ripeness guidelines are presented here to help Michigan growers, packers, shippers and marketers deliver high quality peaches and nectarines. The key factors are fruit firmness, fruit size, shape and skin color. Generally, the ripening sequence... more »

New tool to fight BMSB

On June 24, EPA approved, for emergency use, the insecticide dinotefuran (trade names Venom and Scorpion) on tree fruit to help manage populations of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), an invasive insect that has... more »

Robinette’s Turns 100 – Switching to retail helps farm market last a century

Jim Robinette’s passion for his family history is obvious – and why shouldn’t he be proud? Five generations of his family have been running the same fruit farm (now called Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery)... more »

Peach picks for South Carolina – #4 Snow Queen – Everything About Peaches

We are here at my variety test block at James Cooley's Farm in Chesnee, SC. Last week we featured Rubyprince which is a yellow-fleshed cultivar that's got excellent taste. It's a traditional southern-type peach. This... more »

Nation’s fruit crops running late

Fruit harvests across the country will be later than usual this year thanks to cold, wet weather. Despite the delays, however, some forecasters are predicting larger-than-normal volumes for some crops in 2011.Those were two of... more »

Farm a model of diversified fruit production

Brenton Roy’s family has been farming in Washington state’s Yakima Valley for four generations. At 37, Roy is continuing the tradition as the owner of Oasis Farms in Prosser, Wash. When Roy’s family first started... more »

Marketing orders, agreements perform different functions

Federal marketing orders and agreements were first authorized in the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937. The chief role of such programs is to “help provide stable markets for dairy products, fruits, vegetables and specialty... more »


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