Are U.S. apple growers visionaries, or are they making the worst decisions in their history by planting more […]
Don’t underestimate the need for research, as innovation is becoming an urgent necessity for our future.
It’s not just the nature of your crops — the genomics — it’s also how they are nurtured.
Modern blocks can increase your production, but if your training system is shoddy, you could see major losses.
So far, 2015 is not treating the Pacific Northwest tree fruit industry all that well. We knew the […]
The Pacific Northwest tree fruit industry is ready for climate change. That is not saying we welcome its inevitable […]
‘Everything’s different’ in this world of 150 million 40-pound box world of apple growing.
When it comes to tree fruit and many other specialty crops, BMSB probably falls into the catastrophic category.
Honeycrisp aside, sometimes all it takes for a successful new cultivar is superior characteristics.
“The story seems different for specialty crops, like apple, that are directly consumed, viewed as inherently healthy and perhaps held to a different standard. Like it or not, the apple industry has apparently won the opportunity to be a pioneer in testing the consumer’s response to a GMO variety.”
The precipitation and temperature extremes throughout our tree fruit growing regions have been stressful on people and plants both.
Although funding for RosBREED is over, we will continue to reap rewards of this research.
Many activities on the orchard can be done at night thanks to fluorescent or LED lights mounted on mechanical harvesters or specialized movable towers for traditional hand-harvested blocks
Have you ever wondered what euphoria feels like? Try being an apple producer in Washington in the spring […]
“Saving Extension is not the right goal.” I said that almost two years ago in a piece on […]
Every four years, national elections in the U.S. either bring in a new Administration or return one. It […]
We need to manage orchards like dairy cows. I have been going to the wrong kinds of meetings […]
This crop season has offered up a couple of real surprises. One has been absolutely awful, but the […]
This spring’s series of disastrous weather events has wreaked havoc across many tree fruit production regions, but those […]
Every year in the spring I greatly enjoy observing a couple things, and each inevitably provides a surprise […]