Latest Fruit farming News

Move over, Honeycrisp: New apple to debut at grocery stores

Oct. 19, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — They call it the Cosmic Crisp. It's not a video game, a superhero or the title of a Grateful Dead song. It's a new variety of apple, coming to a grocery store near you Dec. 1 Cosmic Crisp is the first apple ever bred in Washington state, which grows the majority of the United States'...

Gleaners get the last apples of the year for those in need

Oct. 19, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

BOONES MILL, Va. (AP) — Technically, the orchard on Apple Road nestled in the mountains already has harvested for the year. To some, it might look picked over. But not to a group of gleaners. "Good golly," said Sarah Ramey, taking in all the apples on the ground and in the trees that for whatever reason...

Apples rot on trees as Kashmir strife inflicts economic pain

Oct. 17, 2019 10:10 PM EDT

SHOPIAN, India (AP) — Kashmir's apple orchards, backbone of the economy and livelihood for nearly half the region's people, are deserted with fruit rotting on the trees at a time when they should be bustling with harvesters. Losses are mounting as insurgent groups pressure pickers, traders and drivers to...

Washington reaches 1,000 winery licenses

Oct. 17, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's wine industry reached a major milestone when it surpassed 1,000 active winery licenses recently. In the early 1980s there were only 20 wineries in the state. The number reached 74 by 2000 and has grown dramatically since. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis...

Police arrest Kashmir protesters, rebels kill truck driver

Oct. 15, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir arrested 13 women for holding an anti-India protest and two suspected militants shot and killed a truck driver near an apple orchard where he had picked up fruit boxes, police said Tuesday. The women, carrying placards reading "Respect Fundamental...

2 charged in burglary at farm where pigs escaped

Oct. 12, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

ORANGE, Vt. (AP) — Two people have been charged in a burglary at a Vermont farm where hundreds of pigs got loose. WCAX-TV reports that according to court records a woman and her boyfriend admitted to stealing tools from the Sugar Mountain Farm in Orange in August. That's two weeks after the pigs broke...

Big avocado earns Hawaii family Guinness World Records honor

Oct. 11, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii family has won a place with the Guinness World Records for the world's heaviest avocado. The Pokini family from the island of Maui received the Guinness certificate this week for the avocado weighing 5.6 pounds (2.54 kilograms), The Maui News reported Thursday. The average...

First forecast of citrus season has growers optimistic

Oct. 10, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The first forecast of the Florida citrus season has growers optimistic. The National Agriculture Statistics Service on Thursday said that Florida is expected to produce an estimated 74 million boxes of oranges in the 2019-2020 season, a 3.4% increase over the previous season. The...

Cold weather a worry for Washington apple growers

Oct. 10, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The cold weather that struck eastern Washington this week is causing worries for growers of Washington apples. The cold front is expected to last through the weekend, and calls for lows in the 20s in the Spokane region. The Spokesman-Review says cold temperatures in October could hurt...

The Latest: President of growers group disappointed by ban

Oct. 9, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California banning a pesticide that has been linked to brain damage in children (all times local): 4:50 p.m. The president of a citrus association that represents about 5,000 growers has expressed disappointment that a widely used pesticide is being banned in California...