Washington State is the leading producer of apples, pears and cherries (both conventional and organic) in the nation. The climate in central Washington coupled with adequate irrigation water make this a great environment for many temperate fruits. Other important fruits are juice and wine grapes, peaches/nectarines, and apricots, and berry production is also increasing. Western Washington has long been an important producer of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Fruit crops are sold throughout the nation and exported overseas, as well as in local markets and fruit stands. Advances in horticulture and pest management have played important roles in keeping these crops economically viable and in demand by consumers.
Featured Fruits Publications
Brady, M., E. Kirby, and D. Granatstein. WSU Extension Fact Sheet FS154E. April 2015.
Kirby, E. and D. Granatstein. Current statistics on organic tree fruit acreage trends, varieties, shipments, prices, and exports. Includes global area data as well as cost of production data for Washington. Annotated Powerpoint format.
Granatstein, D., P. Andrews, and A. Groff. May 2014. Organic Agriculture. DOI 10.1007/s13165-014-0068-0
Kirby, E. and D. Granatstein. 2012. EM046E, Washington State University Extension.
eOrganic conducted live broadcasts from the 2nd International Organic Fruit Research Symposium in Leavenworth, Washington on June 19 and 21, 2012. The recorded presentations from this symposium will be of interest to researchers, Extension professionals, growers, consultants, suppliers, and retailers who wish to learn the latest developments in the worldwide organic fruit supply chain.
D. Granatstein, P.K. Andrews, S.D. Bishop, W. Janisiewicz, editors. June 2012. Acta Horticulturae 1001. Article abstracts available online; full articles available for purchase or through subscribing libraries. Topical areas include organic fruit systems, insect biocontrol, horticulture, plant pathology, soil and crop nutrition, and economics. All the oral presentations from the symposium can be viewed free on eOrganic at http://www.extension.org/pages/64359/2nd-international-organic-fruit-research-symposium#.Uk3WTVMkRyQ .
(Recorded Webinar) Andrews, Preston. WSU. 2011.
Mullinix, K. and Granatstein, D. 2011. Intl. J. Fruit Sci. 11:74-87.
website; WSU Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center.
Granatstein, D., Kirby, E., Willer, H. 2010. Acta Hort. 873:19-36.
Dr. Mark Mazzola, USDA-ARS Tree Fruit Research Lab, Wenatchee, WA. Website highlighting several publications on Apple Replant Disease.
M. R. Wiman, Kirby, E. M., Granatstein, D. M., Sullivan, T. P. HortTechnology July–September 2009 19(3).
Sullivan, T. 2006. Research report to CSANR.
CSANR Technical Report #2
Additional Fruits Publications
Galinato, Suzette P., David Granatstein and Mykel R. Taylor. 2011. 2010 Cost Estimates of Establishing and Producing Organic Apples in Washington. Washington State University Extension Fact Sheet FS041E. Excel workbook (enterprise budgets) available http://extecon.wsu.edu/pages/Enterprise_Budgets. Select “apples” for access to the FS041E workbook.
Syamaladevi, R. M., Sablani, S. S., Tang, J., Powers, J. and Swanson, B. G. 2011. Journal of Food Science 76: 414-421.
Smith, T. 1995-1997. This WSU Chelan-Douglas County Extension website summary features results from in-orchard compost trials in North Central Washington. Report includes an overview of compost materials and use in orchards.
Research on apple and strawberry by Dr. Preston Andrews, Dr. John Reganold, and Dr. Neil Davies.
WSU Viticulture and Enology Research and Extension. Contains links to articles, publications and posters.
WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center webpage. Contains links to additional resources and presentations.
(Revised Feb. 7, 2012)
WSU Organic Fruit Production website at the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center.
M. Mazzola poster, December 2010, Wash. St. Hort. Assoc. meeting. A summary of the most recent field results using brassica seed meal mixtures.
The objective of this paper is to provide an Input-Output (IO) based economic impact analysis for organic apple production in Washington State.
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