Organic Apples in New York

Organic apple production has expanded in the U.S. since the turn of the century. The state of Washington, especially, has added organic apple acreage. According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service, about 90 percent of the nation’s organic apple acreage is in the Evergreen State. In the Northeast, organic apple growing is just at the … Read more

Risk Management Tools

Making tough decisions easier When it comes to making decisions for orchard management, it’s no longer a simple matter of removing a McIntosh block and replacing it with Honeycrisp. Growers need answers to questions such as: How much will plant density influence profit? Can I save money by incorporating new technology such as a platform? … Read more

The Quest to Save Soil

No-tillage production helps in southern Illinois Since the first cooled railcars carried strawberries to the population market in Chicago, southern Illinois has produced fruits and vegetables for the major population centers that rival major producing states such as Florida and California when it comes to taste. Those same beautiful hills and valleys that attract tourists … Read more