Good Fruit Grower

December 2012

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Orchard Economics "Warehouses are…saying to growers, 'Plant 50 acres of Reds while you're planting 100 acres of something else.'" —Paul Tvergyak Royal Red Honeycrisp is in high demand and being ordered for planting in 2019, Schuld said. Also popular are Jona star Jonagold, Aztec Fuji, and Buckeye Gala. Maslin, an early maturing strain of Cripps Pink, is in demand because growers in the East and Midwest have difficulty maturing the original Cripps Pink. Rootstock supply O The limiting factor, the nurseries ur unique Total Care System™ is unlike any other storage/shipping method in the industry. From the front office, to our sales department and field staff, it is always our goal to meet and exceed your expectations with the highest quality trees and service we can provide you. We're proud of the individual attention that each one of our trees receives. Willow Drive's Total Care System™ is our exclusive, unique method of storing your trees to decrease disease and mortality for new plantings. This is accomplished through several important steps: 1 2 3 4 5 6 W SUPERIOR CONTROLLED STORAGE EXCLUSIVE PALLET SYSTEM REDUCED LIMB BREAKAGE report, is a shortage of dwarfing root- stocks, particularly the Geneva stocks. They are resistant to fireblight and some also appear to have resistance to replant disease. Tvergyak said if a grower wants to FULLY MATURE TREES IMMEDIATELY STORED FOR FRESHNESS QUALITY CONTROL order trees on a popular rootstock, they'll have to wait until 2015-2016. For Geneva rootstocks, they'll have an even longer wait. Nurseries' experience with Geneva rootstocks is they're not easy to produce and scale up, he said, and only limited numbers have been produced so far. • APPLES AT TOP of ag value list from the previous record five years ago. Apples and cherries were among numerous products that set record- high production values. Agriculture is a bright spot in the T e invite you to visit our nursery and see for yourself how we care for your trees. Willow Drive Nursery is committed to providing the highest quality tree, even if that means more time and effort on our part. Put Willow Drive Nursery's Total Care System™ to work for you! state's economy, Dan Newhouse, direc- tor of the Washington State Depart- ment of Agriculture, said in a press release. "While we must be mindful of the rising costs of production and ten- sion around the availability of skilled agricultural workers, I remain opti- mistic about the future of agriculture in Washington." Apples remained the state's top agri- The Total Care System™ is our commitment to you and your trees. Willow Drive Nursery, Inc. Call Toll Free: 1-888-548-7337 or call your local rep for product information 3539 Road 5 NW, Ephrata, WA 98803, cultural commodity in 2011 with a value of $1.8 billion, a 19 percent increase from 2010. The National Agri- cultural Statistics Service, which com- piles the figures, calculates the value by multiplying production by the average price for the season. In the case of tree fruits, it uses the price returned to the grower after packing charges are deducted. Cherries were ranked the 7th most valuable commodity in the state, with grapes 9th, pears 10th, blueberries 15th, peaches 37th, and apricots 38th. Blueberries had the highest value per harvested acre at $17,429 followed by sweet cherries at $15,500. Apples had a value of $12,542 per harvested acre. —G. Warner GOOD FRUIT GROWER DECEMBER 2012 41 he value of Washington's 2011 agricultural production reached $9.4 billion, a 13 percent increase 2013-14 for O R D E R N O W

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