Good Fruit Grower

October 2013

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Quick Bites Read more Quick Bites at www. T Call for: • TREES • ROOTSTOCK • INTERSTEMS • BENCH GRAFTS • SLEEPING EYES • ROYALTIES HIGH QUALI EST TY FR TREES UIT ! TOP QUALITY VIRUS TESTED VERY COMPETITIVE PRICING CONTRACTS FOR 2014, 2015 & beyond Custom Contracted Apple, Pear, Cherry & Peach Trees • Order 2015 Trees • Order Rootstock for 2016 now Paul Tvergyak: 509-669-0689 We ship nationwide, so please call for price and availability! 509/662-6931 1261 Ringold Rd., PO Box 300 • Eltopia, WA 99330 6 Prices set for processing apples he Michigan Processing Apple Growers's marketing committee negotiated minimum prices for p rocessing apples with several of ichigan's M processors. The price schedule for the 2013 crop looks very much like that negotiated for the 2011 crop. Prices are: Jonathan, Jonagold, Idared, and Crispin apples, 2½ inches or larger, $14 per hundredweight; Spy and hard varieties, including Rome and Golden Delicious, $12.50 per hundredweight; and soft v arieties, $10 per hundred eight. w Michigan had virtually no apple crop in 2012, and minimum prices were not negotiated. Dawn Drake, manager of the Michigan Processing Apple Growers, said the marketing committee chose not to negotiate a inimum for juice or undersized apples this year. m "The juice market is expected to be very competitive because of juice processors attempting to regain markets lost after last year's devastating crop loss," she wrote in her newsletter announcing the prices. Seven of Michigan's apple processors agreed to this year's minimum price schedule: Coloma Frozen Foods, Gerber Products, Knouse Foods, Peterson Farms, Pinnacle Foods, Sill Farms Market, and Smeltzer Orchard. Burnette Foods, Cherry Growers, Indian Summer, and Materne USA opted out of negotiations. Gerber and Coloma Frozen Foods said they will not buy juice apples this year, Drake said, leaving Aseltine Cider, Heinz USA, and Peterson Farms as the buyers. The Michigan Processing Apple Growers is authorized by Michigan law to bargain for price and other conditions of sale on behalf of all 750 Michigan growers who produce apples for processing. IPM guide for grapes P acific Northwest extension specialists recently released a new Field Guide for Integrated Pest Management in Pacific Northwest Vineyards (PNW644). The guide presents information about general vineyard management and troubleshooting pest problems. The 120-page illustrated publication covers the region's most common pests, d iseases, weeds, and abiotic stresses and disorders, and provides detailed monitoring and management recommendations. The manual represents the collaboration of 24 specialists from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho's leading universities, related industries, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Funding came from the Western IPM Center and the Washington Wine Industry Foundation. A limited number of free copies will be available at Washington State University Viticulture Extension events throughout the year. Copies may be purchased for $30 by searching for PNW644 at the WSU Extension online store at: Anderson retires from Van Well M ike Anderson, south central Washington field representative for Van Well Nursery, has retired after 45 years with the company, based in East Wenatchee, Washington. A native of Wenatchee, Anderson began working for the nursery in 1968 after serving for four years in the U.S. Navy. He began with a variety of warehouse and nursery field jobs and delivered fruit trees to growers throughout the Pacific Northwest, California, Montana, and British Columbia, Canada. In 1972, Anderson moved into sales in the Yakima area, counseling growers on their individual production needs and representing the nursery at horticultural meetings in the region. General Manager Pete Van Well said Anderson's dedication was inspiring. He moved his family to Yakima when the company asked him to, and gladly accepted any task, from cutting scion wood to delivering trees in the spring. OCTOBER 2013 Good Fruit

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