Good Fruit Grower

December 2015

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30 DECEMBER 2015 Good Fruit Grower P eaches that offer better options than existing varieties are at the top of the list when it comes to new varieties, said Bill Shane, who will be speaking about up-and-coming fruits at the Michigan Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market EXPO. "Growers have been having a tough time getting fruit production under these tough winters we've had, so they are not only looking for hardier varieties, and those that have a nice appearance, color, firmness, and are freestone, but are also looking for varieties that fill gaps in the season. That has been an ongoing challenge." Several peaches stand out as promising season-ex- tending candidates, according to Shane. One is Glenglo, a yellow-fleshed, semi-clingstone fruit he portrayed as good sized and good flavored, and ripening about two weeks earlier than Redhaven. Another is Gloria, a freestone, low-acid type, that is yellow-fleshed and is ready to pick about 26 days after Redhaven. Thoughts on new PEACHES EXPO Preview Growers seek varieties that are hardier, fill gaps in season. by Leslie Mertz We have over 50 years of experience in the nursery business and are now taking growing contracts for: Ultima™ Gala, Banning Red Fuji, Honeycrisp,™ Granny Smith, and many others. Taking orders for benchgrafts. 4000 Grant Road, East Wenatchee, WA 98802 509-884-7041 OFFICE Banning Red Fuji appears to be 7 to 10 days earlier than other late Fujis! Now Accepting Contracts for Spring 2016 and 2017!

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