Pears

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 »

Cherry, stone fruit growers approve assessment to support WSU

Cherry and stone fruit growers throughout the state have agreed to make a $5 million investment over the next eight years at Washington State University research and extension centers in Prosser and Wenatchee. This builds... more »

China opens to U.S. pears

For the first time in history, U.S.-grown pears have officially gained access to the Chinese market, according to Pear Bureau Northwest.“We have been working on this for 20 years, and the official request from our... more »

Stefano Musacchi to fill endowed research chair at WSU

Stefano Musacchi, an internationally recognized leader in pomology (the science of fruit and fruit growing), will join the faculty at Washington State University in August 2013 as the endowed chair in tree fruit physiology/management.The chair... more »

Washington stone fruit growers will vote a second time

If everything goes according to plan, Washington state’s cherry and other stone fruit growers will find ballots in their mailboxes in December, said Jim McFerson, manager of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission.The growers will... more »

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