Good Fruit Grower

January 2015

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Page 2 of 39 GOOD FRUIT GROWER JANUARY 1, 2015 3 Apples of Italy 20 Growing together Cooperation among small Italian growers helps them compete and thrive. 24 Well equipped Large and small growers share their techniques in the South Tyrol. 25 Innovation through cooperation Italian growers forge a cooperative network for learning, innovation, and sustainable farming. Outlook 2015 8 Pay for H-2A workers Washington State survey will help determine the wage employers may have to pay. 10 Honoring Ray Schmitten Silver Pear Award winner has had multiple roles in the tree fruit industry and has high hopes for continued success. 14 $10 million grant Plant pathologists will work with breeders to develop disease-resistant varieties in RosBREED 2 program. Good Grape Grower 16 Big crop of grapes Washington State grape growers produce one of the biggest crops on record for both juice and wine grapes. 18 Juice grape report card New tool helps growers assess sustainability. 18 Wine grape pest management Report provides valuable help—especially for new grape growers. Good to Know 26 A hot problem Sunburn in apples has been an increasing problem in Chile over the past 20 years. 20 10 26

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