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NY apples see better production for 2018

Apples from New York State are slightly increased in volume this season. “We certainly have more fresh fruit for our customers and our packing line and volume is up a bit on the fresh fruit side,” says Brett Baker of United Apple Sales of Lyndonville, NY. “As far as apples go, it’s a very nice crop and maybe one…

Ambrosia apple harvest now in full swing in BC

Ambrosia apple harvest is well underway in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and BC Tree Fruits Cooperative (BCTF) is excited about the season to come for the homegrown variety. BCTF is estimating an Ambrosia crop of over 650,000 cartons for 2018, up over 20% from last year. Ambrosia apples were…

Decrease in Washington apple crop estimate but quality is good

The latest estimate for the Washington 2018 apple crop is showing a slight decline from the start of the season. Growers say this is based on how the harvest is going and what kinds of yields the trees are producing right now. Quality is very good though, with apples for the fresh market as well as the…

Arctic Apple grower takes visitors on an orchard tour

At the start of October, Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) invited ten industry journalists and bloggers on a tour of some of the company's apple orchards in eastern Washington. The sun was out and temperatures were pleasant for the three days the tours were conducted while visitors got the chance to check…

APAL lays out industry strategy plan

Over the next five years, the apple and pear industry has the potential to positively shift its commercial and sustainability prospects. This is the core message to come out…

Excellent year for Solarelli Abate pears

At Solarelli®, the Abate Fetel pear season has started with ideal weather during harvesting between mid-August and early September. Conditions were perfect for pear ripening, with constant sunshine, high temperatures, perfect humidity levels and little rain. It therefore seems to be an excellent year for Solarelli® top-quality…

Climate change might change UK apple production

The home production of internationally-bred apples favoured by UK consumers might be increased in Britain in future due to climate change. A warmer UK climate has already resulted in earlier apple flowering and harvest, and is enabling late-ripening apple varieties to be produced across more of the UK.…

Latter season apple varieties begin harvest in Washington

The Washington apple season is progressing along smoothly as the orchards begin to yield the latter season varieties. September temperatures were cooler and therefore conducive for fruit coloring and maturity. As far as fruit size goes, growers like Evans Fruit Company are noting that there is a spread…

China: National Day saw peak consumption of reasonably priced fruit

October is a peak period for fruit consumption in China. The markets are particularly crowded during the National Day holiday period in early October. Many fruit varieties…

Oregon pear volume up by 8 percent

Parts of Oregon have seen the last of the pear harvest for this season as producers now direct all their attention to packing and shipping. Volume was up over last year, with good growing conditions resulting in a solid fruit set and good quality. Fortunately, the smoke from the fires towards the end of…

Good organic crop of Arizona apples means drop in pricing

The fall supply of the only organic apples from Arizona is coming in in good volume. The apples, marketed by Covilli Brand Organics Inc. in Nogales, AZ., hail from a 400-acre farm in the valley between the south side of Mount Graham and the Cochise Stronghold. “There’s a microclimate there that gives them the right conditions and…

2018 apples are up in volume in Michigan

Apples in Michigan are up from last year but not as much as expected. “We certainly have a bigger crop here than last year. But I don’t think, at least on the earlier varieties so far, that we’re picking as many as we had estimated,” says Scott Swindeman of Deerfield, Mi.-based All Fresh GPS LLC. “But again, it’s still…

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“Dry weather might cause storage problems for top fruit"

“The apples and pears are of a good size; maybe a little on the small side, but this should not cause any problems. This year, they also taste fantastic. It is only the firmness of the these fruits that could be an issue this year. Due to the dry weather, top fruit demanded much of their trees. The fruit…

“China’s interest in Polish apples will increase”

Polish apples have received some negative attention in the media recently, ranging from expensive workers, disappointing export markets and even the outright waste of produce. Some of that news has been exaggerated according to Michał Glijer from Grupa Sad Export, especially when it comes to the Chinese…

Near perfect conditions for Idaho apple season

Although Washington and Oregon receive much of the attention during apple season, the Northwest growing region also includes Idaho. Growers in the state have been harvesting for over a month now and have reported near-perfect conditions for most of the lead up to - and start of - harvest. The start date…


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