Good Fruit Grower

November 2015

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Page 4 of 55 GOOD FRUIT GROWER NOVEMBER 2015 5 We're hiring: Associate Editor G ood Fruit Grower is looking for an exceptional journalist to serve as Associate Editor and continue the magazine's tradition of excellence. The magazine is based in Yakima, Washington, but for this position, there is interest in finding a candidate whose location would best facilitate coverage of Midwest and East Coast fruit growers. The Associate Editor helps produce in-depth articles and photographs for 17 print issues a year, a bi-monthly electronic newsletter, and the website. He/she reports on research from scientists, writes features on innovative growers, takes photographs and secures illustrations as needed. Some travel is expected. The ideal candidate embraces the highest standards of professionalism, writes about technical and scientific topics with clarity and authority, demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of fruit growing practices, juggles assignments, and maintains excellent relations with individuals throughout the industry. To learn more, please visit University of Georgia honors peach grower T he University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has presented South Carolina peach grower Jimmy Forrest with the college's Alumni Award of Excellence. Forrest, president of Dixie Belle Peaches, Inc., in Ridge Spring, South Carolina, was recognized as a national leader in the fruit growing and packing industries. Ranked as the nation's fourth largest peach grower, Dixie Belle manages 2,600 acres of peach orchards. Forrest and Dixie Belle Peaches have shaped the vanguard of peach production and packing techniques for decades. In the 1990s, Forrest was an early adopter of the 25-pound box, favoring its size over the more common 38-pound box used by Southeastern peach farmers at the time. The smaller box—which resulted in less bruising and damage to peaches—was a game-changer for Southeastern growers because it allowed them to compete with large growers in California who had set retailer's expectations for 25-pound peach cartons. Chief operations officer retires from C&O Nursery R ichard "Dick" Snyder has retired as chief opera- tions officer of C&O Nursery based in Wenatchee, Washington. He was with the company for more than 42 years, recently specializing in nursery administrative duties. Long-time C&O employee Todd Strampher, consultant and research assistant, will take on a number of Snyder's responsibilities. Residues are below MRLs T he Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has completed its 2015 trial to evaluate pesticide and fungicide residues on apples. No residues were found that exceeded any maximum residue level (MRL) for a major export market for Washington apples. The commission began the annual studies in apples and cherries in 2011 in response to industry concerns about complying with MRLs for pesticides in export markets. Residues are compared with the U.S. and the lowest export market MRLs to help Washington growers make more informed choices about their spray programs. The 2015 study, conducted in a Gala apple orchard, evaluated 14 insecticides/aca- ricides and nine fungicides commonly used in Washington apple orchards, including several newly registered materials. It also evaluated the potential influence of overhead cooling and the sunburn protectants Raynox and Eclipse on the persistence of residues. Results of the new study as well as previous studies on apple and cherry can be found at QUICK BITES People and industry in the news. Read more Fresh Updates at Jimmy Forrest Richard "Dick" Snyder 1261 Ringold Rd., PO Box 300 • Eltopia, WA 99330 We ship nationwide, so please call for price and availability! CONTRACTS for 2016 and beyond! Custom Contracted Apple, Pear, Cherry & Peach Trees ➱ TOP QUALITY ➱ VIRUS TESTED ➱ VERY COMPETITIVE PRICING HIGHEST QUALITY FRUIT TREES ! Call for: • TREES • ROOTSTOCK • INTERSTEMS • BENCH GRAFTS • SLEEPING EYES • ROYALTIES TIME TO • Fumigate ground for next year's planting • Decide +1 yr bench graft scion needs STACY GILMORE 509-266-4669 Stacy Gilmore •

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