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September 15, 2014

Something To Think About

“Don't be afraid of the answers - be afraid of not asking the questions.” -Jennifer Hudson

September 15, 2014

Fresh Facts

Honeycrisp is an apple cultivar developed at the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station's Horticultural Research Center at the University of Minnesota. Designated in 1974 as the MN 1711, and released in 1991, the Honeycrisp, once slated to be discarded, has rapidly become a prized commercial commodity, as its sweetness, firmness, and tartness make it an ideal apple for eating raw. The Honeycrisp also retains its pigment well and boasts a relatively long shelf life when stored in cool, dry conditions.

The Horticultural Research Center indicates that the Honeycrisp is a hybrid of the apple cultivars Macoun and Honeygold. However, genetic fingerprinting conducted by a group of researchers, which included those who were later attributed on the patent, determined that neither of these cultivars is a parent of the Honeycrisp, but that the Keepsake, another apple developed by the same University of Minnesota crossbreeding program is one of the parents. The other parent has not been identified, but it might be a numbered selection that could have been discarded since. For the sake of commercial production, Honeycrisp apple trees are not self-fruitful, so trees grown from the seeds of Honeycrisp apples will be hybrids of Honeycrisp and the pollinator.

Source: Wikipedia

September 15, 2014

Market News

United States apple growers are harvesting a big crop—the third largest ever—but that’s a small part of the big picture. The U.S. crop is only about 6 percent of world production, and there are lots of apples elsewhere, especially in China. And, more than usual this year, political events are affecting plans for selling those apples. Decisions by European and American leaders designed to punish the Russians for their activities in Ukraine resulted in Russian retaliatory moves, including the banning of produce imports from the United States and the European Union. It could prove to be an interesting year for apples.

The tomato market appears to be heading up. California is about a month away from finishing their crops and expected to hold a stronger position as they finish the season. Roma tomatoes out of Mexico are between plantings allowing California shippers to raise prices.

Exports of Peruvian Sweet Onions could grow by as much as 10% during the 2014-15 season. The first shipment of the sweet onions will arrive at Spokane Produce this weekend and be available for your September 15th delivery.

The California drought still hasn’t had a major effect on consumer-level fruit and vegetable prices, but economists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture say the potential remains for large and lasting effects on how much they cost. Because of seasonal increases in supply, the USDA reported that fresh fruit prices fell 0.6% in July, but remained 5.7% higher than July 2013. July fresh vegetable prices fell 0.8% compared with June and are off 0.5% compared with July 2013, according to the USDA.

Source: Good Fruit Grower, The Packer, The Source

July 25, 2012

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