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California pomegranate industry looks for rebound crop
For the first time in three years, the California pomegranate industry is hopeful it will have a full crop. “We have had two poor seasons in a row," said Tom Tjerandsen, manager of the California Pomegranate Council. In both 2016 and 2017, unseasonably early rain in October reduced each of those crops to about 4.5 million cartons. This year, he said the crop should be significantly larger. In recent history, the larger crops... Read more

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Abundant crop of SweeTango apples anticipated this season
The SweeTango apple is a managed variety with 47 member-growers of Next Big Thing Growers’ Cooperative who are licensed to produce the SweeTango branded apple. According to Cristie Mather, company spokesperson, the Eastern apple growing region anticipates SweeTango harvest to take place in early September. “Thus making SweeTango one of the first proprietary... Read more

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Rice Fruit says this season’s Pennsylvania apple crop is progressing well
The bloom followed a cool spring in Pennsylvania’s apple region, putting the crop about ten days behind last year. Rice Fruit Co.’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Brenda Briggs, said that summer weather allowed the apple trees to make up some of this gap. “The apple crop is now progressing well,” said Briggs. “Our first varieties to harvest are also... Read more

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Lusk pumpkin expansion brings new staff
A large pumpkin acreage increase over the past several years has led Lusk Onion Co. to expand its sales and marketing staff. Angela Lusk, the daughter-in-law of owner-partner Terry Lusk, is now working on the firm’s sales desk. In the last 10 years, Lusk’s pumpkin acreage has expanded from 240 acres... Read more