Water Key to Wine Business

It's that time of year when grape growers are beginning to see the 2007 harvest appearing in the vineyard. Salinas Californian more »

Large East Coast Customer Base Makes It All Work

When Pam and Gary Mount bought Terhune Orchards in 1975, they weren’t just looking to run a farm. They wanted to create a community gathering place, and they seem to have succeeded. More than 500,000... more »

Sweet Cherry Grower Makes Harvesting Go More Efficiently

The Dalles is a great place to raise sweet cherries. With rich volcanic soils to grow in, the Cascade Mountains to shield against rain, few major pests to deal with and the Columbia River for... more »

Shipping Cherries by the Millions

It was July 22, deep into the cherry harvest, and the cooling pad at Cherry Bay Orchards was abuzz with activity. Cooled water poured into tanks, each filled with about 1,000 pounds of cherries. When... more »

Growers Await EPA’s Decision about Guthion

It’s going to be more difficult and more expensive to control worms in apples, blueberries and cherries if proposals made by the EPA June 9 take effect. The final decision is expected in early October... more »

Apple Crop Estimate Down 10 Percent

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) released its 2005 production forecast during the Apple Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference Aug. 18-19 in Chicago. It estimated total production in the United States this year at 223.45 million... more »

Lured by Good Market, Mexican Growers Battle Harsh Conditions

Mexico shows its least attractive face to Americans entering from above its northern border. Not only do we carry in our memories the televised images of illegal immigrants sneaking through the deserts of the Southwest,... more »

Editor Studies the Chinese Apple Industry With IFTA

In July, I traveled with the International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) on its study tour to China. More than 80 people were on the trip, including industry members from all over the world. Rather than... more »

Guthion Use Set To End Sept. 30, 2012

The decision by EPA in mid-November to phase out all remaining uses of azinphos methyl (Guthion) by Sept. 30, 2012, will hit various sectors of the fruit industry differently. Three Michigan State University entomologists, speaking... more »

North Carolina Couple Propagates Rare Trees

North Carolina’s apple industry is among the prominent ones in the United States, with more than 4 million bushels produced annually. Most of the state’s 9,000 acres of orchards are planted in Golden Delicious, Red... more »

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