Pears

Northwest fresh pear harvest estimated at 18.9 million boxes

As part of the annual Pear Bureau Northwest (PBNW) meeting held in Portland, OR on May 31, industry members compiled the first official estimate of the 2018-19 fresh pear crop for Washington and Oregon. Pear... more »

Pear Bureau Northwest hires regional marketing manager

Portland, Oregon-based Pear Bureau Northwest is pleased to announce that Bryan Roberts has joined the organization as Regional Marketing Manager. Roberts will be taking over the Midwest region and replacing Ed Chambers, who will be retiring... more »

John Deere has low-profile, narrow 5075GL high-value crop tractor 

John Deere has introduced the 5075GL Specialty Tractor for orchard and vineyard growers who want a powerful, low and narrow tractor to maintain and harvest their crops. With 75 engine horsepower, there’s plenty of power... more »

Cool springs set well with fruit tree growers

Stable springs without hard frosts are sitting well for fruit tree growers around the country. In Washington state, growers are set up for a good growing season. “A great spring where it isn’t too hot... more »

Warm weather, rain start Michigan fruit crops

More seasonably warm weather combined with recent rainfall brought the first push of green growth in fruit crops for the year. Drier conditions early in the week allowed for the planting of new trees, clearing... more »

IFTA study tour highlights New Zealand growers

New Zealand growers and industry representatives showcased the country’s tree fruit production amenities during the International Fruit Tree Association’s 2018 Study Tour and Conference in February. Tour participants witnessed early apple harvests in the Hawke’s... more »

Penn State bilingual workshop covers fruit trees pruning, GAP

Penn State Extension in April offered a practical field training for Spanish-speaking growers and... more »

New study explains antibiotic resistance in apple, pear disease

When humans get bacterial infections, we reach for antibiotics to make us feel better faster. It’s the same with many economically important crops. For decades, farmers have been spraying streptomycin on apple and pear trees... more »

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