Good Fruit Grower

October 2016

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Centerpiece 22 California dreamin' Apple growers here work through drought and other obstacles with focus on fresh market. 26 The isolated orchard How one Southern California apple grower combines urban life with rural farming. Apples 6 Harvest outlook While Eastern U.S. deals with drought, other U.S. regions see strong crop this year. 9 Wal-Mart on food safety Retailer has tips to help growers and packers prevent an outbreak. IFTA study tour 32 Beating bitter pit Researchers find reducing potassium fertilization may help Honeycrisp. 34 Growing with Pazazz! New York grower shares his experience growing premium club variety. 36 Thinning technique Darwin thinning followed by MaxCel shows promise for Gala and Honeycrisp. 38 Fighting fire blight Antibiotics and Apogee continue to top the list of control products. Good Grape Grower 14 The grafting solution Hedges Family Estates grafts Cabernet Sauvignon to Merlot as a cost-effective option to replanting. 18 Cold-hardy cultivars Northern Grapes Project is designed to encourage the wine industry in colder climates. TJ MULLINAX/GOOD FRUIT GROWER The sun rises in March, lighting California's Cuyama Valley, an agricultural area of mostly row crops near the Los Padres National Forest. The isolated valley was once home to some 2,500 acres of apples. Today, just one family of apple growers remains. Read about their story beginning on Page 26.. The essential resource for growers Good Fruit Grower OCTOBER 2016 3

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