After a quick calculation, Jim McFerson has the number. Fifty million dollars. Five percent of the annual value of Washington state’s billion-dollar apple crop.
McFerson, who manages the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, offered this estimation of the potential total value to Washington apple growers of Raynox, a patented spray-on product that protects apples from sunburn as they grow.
Raynox is just one of three fruit protection products recently developed at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee by Larry Schrader, professor of plant physiology.
Schrader’s work, McFerson said, … » More …