USApple introduces younger generation t-shirt fundraiser

Apple growers, shippers and others can support the upcoming generation of apple industry leaders by purchasing a t-shirt that promotes apples. The 2024 NextGen Fellows are selling the “Eat more apples” themed t-shirt ahead of... more »

New tech enables Freshco to detect stem splits and punctures in apples

Apple grower and exporter Freshco has enhanced its grading process by upgrading to TOMRA’s Spectrim LUCAi. This new technology has enabled Freshco's to detect stem splits and punctures, key defects that previously required intensive manual... more »

New Geneva rootstocks to help apple growers with size, yield, disease

New releases from Cornell’s Geneva Apple Rootstock program should benefit growers through increased fire blight resistance, larger-sized and better-yielding fruit and even help growers by supplying sub-dwarfing varieties. Cornell’s Geneva rootstock... more »

USApple promotes Chris Gerlach to new role

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) has promoted Christopher Gerlach to vice president, insights & analytics. Gerlach joined USApple in July 2020 as the director of industry analytics. Over the past four years, he has drawn... more »

Washington Apple Commission taps Florida tomato leader as new head

The new head of the Washington Apple Commission (WAC) returns to the Evergreen State after working for the business interests of Florida tomato growers. Michael Schadler, executive vice president of the Florida Tomato Exchange (FTE),... more »

Time to upgrade: Modern solar and storage technology helps apple packers

When was the last time you walked into a grocery store and found the apple island empty (except during COVID)? The apple industry’s excess supply has made the price on a bin lower than it’s... more »

Nursery tree fruit propagators gain insights at global annual meeting

Insights into the global tree fruit nursery world were recently gained at a yearly meeting of an international group representing fruit tree nurseries and orchardists. The Associated International Group of Nurseries (AIGN), now 12 members... more »

Michigan Apples taps marketing agency for consumer marketing

The Michigan Apple Committee has hired a marketing agency to promote the state’s apples. FoodMix Marketing Communications, a food and beverage branding agency, will implement branding, consumer marketing and social media work aimed at increasing... more »

NJSHS conducts summer orchard tour, educational programs in Morris County

The New Jersey State Horticultural Society (NJSHS) is sponsoring the 2024 Summer Orchard Tour and Educational Program from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. June 27 at Wightman Farms, located at 111 Mt. Kimbal Ave., located... more »

Apple storage continues to rise

Apple holdings for June have increased, up about a third overall and across fresh and processing channels. On June 10, the U.S. Apple Association via its USAppleTracker report reported the total number of apples in... more »

Current Issue

Cover image of Fruit Growers News (FGN) July 2024 issue.

Talking tech: New app innovations aid growers

Smart tech wipes out pests: The latest trends in spraying automation

New Geneva rootstocks to help apple growers with size, yield, disease

Georgia peach success: Pearson Farm’s six generations find orchard happiness

FIRA preview: Tree fruit tech options abound at ag robotics conference

Fresh Views: Grapevine disease management tackled

Farm Market & Agritourism: Insights from the 2023 farm markets survey

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