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Bumper apple crop anticipated; new variety emerging

WA 38 apple
By Anna King, NWPR
  • 04-16-13 WSU News – Rock Doc: Bringing a tasty, new apple to stores everywhere 
  • 05-11-13 WSU News – ‘WA 38’ a beauty: Licensee sought to commercialize new apple
  • Bio Katherine M. Evans, associate scientist/associate professor, WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center

WENATCHEE, Wash. – Northwest apple growers are expecting a bumper crop this year and harvest already is beginning on some farms. In addition, growers are excited about a new apple variety, called WA 38, that’s being developed in coordination with Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center.

Washington’s crop this year is going to be the second largest on record – at 4.8-billion pounds. Only last year’s crop was larger.

Northwest apple expert Rebecca Lyons attributes that recent growth to newer much-denser plantings. But more and more farmers are turning toward premium, newer varieties to earn profits. One is called “WA 38,” which is being developed through Washington State University.

Click on the following link to hear the full NWPR radio interview.


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