Pears

Apple pollination driven by honeybee management

Operating a flourishing family farm near Shelburne, Mass., keeps owner Tim Smith on a busy schedule. Among the important tasks is overseeing Apex Orchards’ apple pollination and honeybee management. Smith spoke about the topic on... more »

Apple grower tests harvester in real-world conditions

A mechanical harvester that’s been in development for years finally got some experience operating during a full apple-harvest season, bringing its designers another step closer to selling the machine on the marketplace. It was early... more »

Apple grower tests harvester in real-world conditions

A mechanical harvester that’s been in development for years finally got some experience operating during a full apple-harvest season, bringing its designers another step closer to selling the machine on the marketplace. It was early... more »

Apple grower tests harvester in real-world conditions

A mechanical harvester that’s been in development for years finally got some experience operating during a full apple-harvest season, bringing its designers another step closer to selling the machine on the marketplace. It was early... more »

Farmers’ market sales change the way farm grows fruit

When Ben Wenk came back from college in 2006, he wanted to find a way to contribute to the family business, Three Springs Fruit Farm in Aspers, Pa. When he heard that a new farmers’... more »

Traceback system, sorting line aid fruit operation

Bear Mountain Orchards has a thorough traceback system that its vice president, Sheila Gantz, called “fail proof.” Gantz described the system for guests from the International Fruit Tree Association, who recently visited several fruit operations... 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 »


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