Pears

Washington apple, pear growers vote to fund research

Apple and pear growers who pay assessments to the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission recently voted to pass a special assessment that will raise $27 million over the next eight years. The goal of the... more »

Hurricane Irene fruit crop damage not as bad as feared

Fruit growers in the Eastern United States seem to have been spared much of the damage that was feared from Hurricane Irene when it came to land Aug. 27 and 28.So far, FGN has learned... 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 »

Pear farmer David Elliot Jr. passes

David J. Elliot Jr., a Courtland farmer and patriarch of a family business that has raised Bartlett pears in the Sacramento River Delta for six generations, died Sunday of complications related to pneumonia and kidney... 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 »

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 »

Washington and Oregon pear growers vote to continue marketing order

On April 25, USDA announced the results of the recent vote among Oregon and Washington’s pear growers on whether to continue their federal marketing order program for Northwest pears.The continuation of Federal Marketing Order 927... more »

Public comment accepted for organic control of fire blight

Two tools over the past 30-plus years for the control of fire blight in apples and pears, oxytetracycline (tetracycline) and streptomycin, are on the verge of being eliminated from use by organic growers of these... more »


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