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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 8:14 p.m.

Gala celebration: Variety now America’s top apple

The Red Delicious apple, an easy-to-transport variety that dominated grocery selection for decades, is no longer the most popular variety in the U.S. as the rise of the Gala apple …


Tariff war could hit Washington state apple sales to Mexico

The Trump administration delivered a gut punch to America’s closest allies Thursday, imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from Europe, Mexico and Canada in a move that prompted fears of …


A battle of cosmic proportions: WSU, biotech firm sue each other over new apple variety

With millions of trees already planted across the state, the outcomes of the dueling lawsuits seem unlikely to affect consumer availability of the Cosmic Crisp, a flavor-packed hybrid between the …


Apple detective finds five more apple varieties thought to be extinct and seven others that were rare or lost

Spokane County’s hardworking apple detective has rediscovered five more heritage apple varieties in Washington and Idaho that were previously considered to be extinct.


Woman gets prison for $900K theft from Zirkle Fruit

The ringleader behind a nearly $900,000 theft from Zirkle Fruit Company has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for a payroll scheme.


Warm fall helps push larger-than-anticipated Washington apple harvest

A warm fall and new planting technologies gave Washington apple growers a larger harvest than anticipated this season.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

Strikes, work stoppages in Washington fields indicative of changing agriculture labor environment

Their six-day strike was one of several across Washington state during a turbulent year for labor relations in one of the country’s largest agricultural states. Those strikes highlight some of …


The apples and the bees

Every year thousands of hives dot Washington’s apple orchards. The bees inside pollinate the state’s apple trees. Apple farmers, for the most part, rent the their bees, said Dave Robison …


From apples to wheat, NAFTA has been a boon for Washington agriculture

For Washington apples the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a good deal.


The farmers’ workaround: Tree grafting

Planting a modern apple orchard is expensive work costing between $40,000 and $50,000 per acre. What’s more, the kinds of apples people want to eat can change. That means an …


UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 1:32 a.m.

In Washington’s apple country, small and midsize farmers must adapt to changing economics, consumer tastes and technology

In Washington’s apple country, small and midsize farmers must adapt to changing economics, consumer tastes and technology.


A brief history of the apple

The apple was first domesticated in southern Kazakhstan about 4,000 years ago. The fruit has played heavily into art and literature in various cultures. However, apples do not appear in …


Local apple leaders go to Washington

Local members of a statewide apple group and area fruit growers recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with congressional legislators about the future of agriculture and the nation’s health.


What labor shortage? Robot apple pickers on the way

Worry over ag labor shortages could be a thing of the past if two engineering firms hit goals to market robotic fruit-picking machines by 2019.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 11:09 a.m.

Washington state gems shine with Hollywood stars

Opals are non-GMO Washington state gems known for their natural non-browning ability.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 11:34 a.m.

Another semi full of apples crashes into the Columbia River

A semi full of apples crashed into the Columbia River near Wenatchee Thursday, only days after another semi loaded with apples crashed into the river off State Route 243 in …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 6:09 p.m.

Semi-truck full of apples plunges into Columbia River, floating toward Priest Rapids Dam

A semi-truck full of apples plunged into the Columbia River on Monday afternoon. The truck’s refrigerated trailer full of apples detached and is currently floating down the Columbia River toward …


Owner of Washington’s largest apple farm has died

Bill Evans, who with his wife Jeannette built a tiny farm into one of the largest fruit companies in Washington, has died at the age of 87. Evans died early …


Donald Trump’s promises trigger fears of a trade war that would damage Washington’s economy

Trade experts warn that Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric foreshadows a trade war with China and a scrapping of hard-won tariff reductions. Washington state farmers, who would be among the casualties …


100 years ago in Spokane: City prepares for ‘King Pip’s Parade’ in National Apple Show

From our archive, 100 years ago The Spokane Daily Chronicle was trying to build anticipation for one of Spokane’s big annual events, the National Apple Show.


Apples in space: Wapato High kids will return to Texas, conduct tests with NASA

Last spring, Wapato High School students had an opportunity of a lifetime – testing an experiment of their design in zero-gravity conditions and touring Houston’s Johnson Space Center. Now they …


Washington’s new apple joining a changing industry

WSU has developed a new apple - the Cosmic Crisp - that only orchardists in Washington will be able to plant for the next decade.


Washington shippers cheer as India apple imports resume

YAKIMA – Washington apple shippers are cheering the news that India has reopened all of its ports to apple imports. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that India has been Washington’s third-largest …


Really rosy: Puff pastry, apples a beautiful combination

I know I’m not the only one to fall in love with these rosy rounds of puff pastry, apple slices and cinnamon. They were simply too charming to pass up.


‘Apple Cookbook’ an autumn favorite

‘THE APPLE COOKBOOK’ BY OLWEN WOODIER (STOREY PUBLISHING, $14.95) Quick look: The third edition of this love letter to all things apple offers a modern feel, updated information and 125 …


Green Bluff harvests early this year because of warm weather

The fields of pumpkins sprawling across the hillside at Walter’s Fruit Ranch in Green Bluff are early this year, bright splotches of color signaling the ripeness of the gourds with …


Washington apple crop will be state’s third largest

Washington’s new apple crop, easily the nation’s largest, is projected to be 125.2 million 40-pound cartons this season, the third largest in state history.


‘An apple a day will keep the drug companies at bay’

You’ve heard the slogan, “An apple a day will keep the doctor away.” Some say it started as, “An apple a day, no doctor to pay.” Clearly from pre-insurance times. …


Editorial: Department of Agriculture apple maggot rules add to Barr-Tech’s composting costs

It’s almost like apples and oranges. Because the city of Seattle has begun shipping its food waste 100-plus miles to Quincy, a composting facility one mile outside the Spokane County …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Hecrick Eisenhour, described as a “comely miss of 20 years,” smiled prettily at Judge George Stocker.