Washington Apple Crop Expected To Be Larger Than 2020

The Washington state Tree Fruit Association released its 2021 fresh apple crop forecast Friday which calls for a crop of just under 125 million standard forty-pound boxes. If realized, this year’s crop would be 2.3% larger than 2020, but 7.2% smaller than 2019. For the third straight year, Gala will be the most numerous variety […]

Cosmic Crisp Wins Good Housekeeping’s Health Snack Award

Congratulations to Washington State University, after the school’s WA 38 was nationally recognized as a healthy snack. Judges at Good Housekeeping named the Cosmic Crisp a Healthy Snack Award winner for the second summer in a row. Good Housekeeping’s registered dietitian evaluates hundreds of snacks every year to help families make nutritious choices. The apple […]

WSU: Thermal Sensors Could Prevent Apple Sunburns

Researchers at Washington State University have started a project to develop thermal sensors to prevent apple sunburn. WSU Associate professor, Lav Khot said this research will focus not only on the burn, but the heat stress that can lead to disorders while the apple is in storage. “We’re installing the sensors in the canopies’. We’re […]

Focus On Fruit for 10/15/20

Apple harvest is underway. Toni Lynn Adams with the Washington Apple Commission has a preview of this year’s progress.

WSU To Hold Cosmic Crisp Zoom Meetings

WSU Tree Fruit Extension will hold the second and third Cosmic Crisp pre-harvest zoom sessions Wednesday September 23rd and then again on September the 30th. Team Leader Karen Lewis says these next two will be smaller in size, allowing for a more in depth Q&A format. “Last week was all about pre-harvest, measuring maturity in […]

2020 Washington Apple Crop Expected To Be Lighter

The Washington Apple Commission is out with the first estimate of the 2020 crop, which is expected to be around 134 million 40-pound boxes. That figure is on par with last year’s 133 million boxes. However, since the time of the initial estimate, the Northwest experienced extreme weather which most likely will impact the final […]

Another Lawsuit Filled Over Cosmic Crisp

Washington State University and the Cosmic Crisp apple’s management company have filed a federal lawsuit against a nursery and grafting company for reportedly propagating trees without a license. According to Good Fruit Growers, the complaint will filled last month. Proprietary Variety Management of Yakima accuses Angel’s Grafting and Nursery of Tieton of propagating WA-38 trees […]

Apple License Plate Legislation Heads To Inslee’s Desk

Legislation creating a new vanity license plate in Washington promoting the apple is now headed to Governor Jay Inslee for his signature. On Friday, the state House approved Senate Bill 6032 by a 92-5 vote. East Wenatchee Senator Brad Hawkins authored the bill, and said this legislation comes at a great time for the apple […]