Pears

IFTA hands out awards at annual conference

British Columbia orchardist David Geen was named Outstanding Grower of the Year by the International Fruit Tree Association at its annual conference Feb. 24 in Kelowna, British Columbia.Geen owns Coral Beach Farms, near Kelowna, B.C.,... more »

China could be huge market for U.S. pears

U.S. pear shipments to China have started small, but the country has the potential to become the third largest export market for the Pacific Northwest industry, according to Jeff Correa, international marketing director for Pear... more »

Northwest pear estimate up slightly from last year

Representatives of the Pacific Northwest pear industry, responsible for 84 percent of the U.S. fresh pear crop, met recently in Portland, Ore., to project the size of the 2013 fresh pear harvest.With reports of a... more »

Stewart represents New York Apple Association

New York Apple Association (NYAA) has named Julia Stewart as the association’s spokeswoman. Stewart assumed the role in March. She has been supporting NYAA’s public relations activities since May 2012.Stewart’s responsibilities include planning and executing... more »

Decision threatens U.S. apple exports to Europe

Last month, the European Commission decided to lower the permitted residue level of diphenylamine (DPA) on imported apples. Starting in January 2014, the level will not be able to exceed 0.1 parts per million –... more »

High-density system can increase pear yields

Terence Robinson, a professor of horticulture at Cornell University, has studied apples for decades, but lately he’s been “somewhat enthused” about the potential of pears, especially in the eastern United States. Robinson discussed high-density pears... more »

Organic board limits antibiotics

USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) recently rejected a petition to extend the expiration date for the use of oxytetracycline in apple and pear production beyond Oct. 21, 2014, according to Consumers Union, the policy... more »

Groups seek ban on antibiotics in organic apple production

Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, has announced that it, Food & Water Watch and the Center for Food Safety are urging the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to discontinue the use of... more »

Current Issue

Fruit Growers News September 2022 issue cover

Apple association forecasts higher U.S. production in 2022-23

Jenschke Orchards braves Texas-sized heat, drought

SWD-killing wasps released in Michigan to protect fruit

High-altitude pears: IFTA tour spotlights Washington pears

Cold tolerance is hot topic at Michigan Viticulture Field Day

Ridgefest updates industry on Michigan apple, cherry research

Cal Poly strawberry research: Can robots kill pests?

Great Lakes EXPO sessions to look at how to effectively plan farm succession and the benefits of Farm to School

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