College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Horticulture

WSU Cider Team Informs, Helps Growers

On Saturday, October 13, 2012, a field day sponsored by the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation (WWFRF) was held in the Demonstration Fruit Garden at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC.

Dr. Carol Miles gave a short talk on damaging apple insects and diseases, and with Jacky King, WSU staff, presented a display of apples specially grown for making hard cider as part of the current cider project at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC.

Jacky King (WSU Mount Vernon) and Bob Baines (WWFRF volunteer) showcase specialty apples and ciderThe WSU cider project was given extensive coverage in the October 2012 issue of the Goodfruit Grower magazine featuring articles on hard cider (Vol. 63, No. 15) including “Growing a Cider Culture” covering the project background, and “Harvester Studied for Cider Apples” about a trial using a raspberry harvester for picking apples.

The October issue of Grow Northwest newsletter also featured cider, with an article “Local Researchers Focus on Growth of Cider Industry” covering the WSU Mount Vernon NWREC cider project. This issue also included a review of the Kneading Conference West, held at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC in September.

VIDEO:  Machine Harvesting Cider Apples


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