Latest Fruit farming News

Reid's Orchard produces fewer apples but sees more quality

Nov. 17, 2019 11:50 AM EST

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — At the rear of a building inside Reid's Orchard, jonagold apples from this year's harvest vibrated across a conveyer belt as they were closely examined, washed and then graded into "1s" or "2s." Billy Reid, owner and operator of Reid's Orchard, said the jonagold variety "1s" were...

West Virginians urged to watch for spotted lanternflies

Nov. 11, 2019 4:48 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginians are being told to be on the lookout for an invasive insect. The state Department of Agriculture says in a news release that a small population of the spotted lanternfly was detected in the Eastern Panhandle community of Bunker Hill last month. The insects are...

Despite fires, California wine is doing just fine - for now

Nov. 9, 2019 10:05 AM EST

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — If you're worried that wildfires might have created shortages of Northern California's 2019 cabernet sauvignon, or even just imparted it with an undesirable smoky flavor, you can relax. The wine is just fine. For now. Despite a late October blaze that raged through one of the...

Washington apple crop 1 of largest in history

Nov. 8, 2019 11:03 AM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — This year's Washington apple crop is one of the largest in history. The Washington State Tree Fruit Association estimates the crop at 138.2 million 40-pound boxes. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that figure is well above the 116.7 million boxes harvested a year ago. But this year's...

Try something new with uncommonly delicious (and ugly) fruit

Nov. 5, 2019 10:43 AM EST

As I savor one of my just-picked American persimmons (Diospyros virginiana), I'm reminded how this fruit — and a few other delectable fruits — would never sell. Why not? Because they're ugly! Although the persimmons hung from the branches as handsome, plump, orange orbs up to a few weeks ago, by now...

Welch Foods celebrates sweet 150th

Nov. 3, 2019 2:30 PM EST

NORTH EAST, Pa. (AP) — ___ Jim Szklenski on harvesting grapes: I like doing it. I always have." ___ Left to their own devices, grapes will turn to vinegar. Add a few important steps and you have wine. Resourceful humans puzzled that out more than 6,000 years ago. The real challenge, it turns out, is...

State invests nearly $1M to improve local cranberry bogs

Nov. 2, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts cranberry growers are getting assistance to help overhaul their bogs. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's administration announced this week that 21 growers have received a total of nearly $1 million for bog renovation projects. The new grant program is meant to help growers reduce...

The Latest: Utility re-energized power line before fire

Nov. 1, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California fires (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A Southern California utility that shut off power to tens of thousands of people to prevent wildfires says it restored electricity to a line minutes before another blaze exploded nearby. Southern California Edison says it began...

In California blaze, Spanish-speaking immigrants find help

Nov. 1, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — Two years ago, when fires ravaged Northern California, where tens of thousands of Latinos in the U.S. illegally work at farms and vineyards, displaced families were seen sleeping on beaches or in their cars. Farmworkers, construction workers and others in the service industry...

Correction: Oregon Wine Trade Groups story

Oct. 30, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — In a story Oct. 27 about a new group formed to promote Oregon's wine industry The Associated Press erroneously reported an older association's name. It is the Oregon Wine Growers Association, not the Oregon Wine Association. A corrected version of the story is below: Alternative group...