Grow the Apple, Not the Tree

Wegman’s had an article Grow the Apple, Not the Tree that featured Fowler Farms and J.D. Fowler. In the article they talk about how small the trees look. The explanation; That’s not what you’ll find at Fowlers….because their motto is to “Grow the Apple, Not the Tree”. In the early 1990s, Fowler Farms, like a […]

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Classifying a Premium Product

In my younger years, I was part of the aggregate industry. In that industry, they have this piece of equipment that separates sand into different sizes. It is a relatively simple procedure but highly effective and efficient. In fact, it leaves gravity be the defining element over technology. The process works something like this. You […]

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Why is Electronic Recordation Acceptable for AgChem?

It is very understandable why this has happened. In fact, ApRecs evolved from the AgChem side of the business. The nature of the business of selling chemicals relied upon high quality recommendations. This is traditionally and still done by a group of Fieldmen that understands the Grower business very well. In fact, most Fieldmen have […]

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How Most Tree Fruit Growers Feel

In this ApRecs interview, Dan expresses what we believe is not that uncommon. A short introduction to the interview: We keep up on giving it all we got. We want the best product out there that can be… put out there. I’m a grower and I just wanna grow that’s all I want to do Thanks Dan […]

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Is Riding A Tractor Becoming A Novelty?

In this ApRecs interview, Kameron discusses how life has changed for the grower. An excerpt from the interview: We’re in the middle harvest, and I would have to run back to the house and get a hard copy. Now, with this program, they can have access to what they need and there you go. I […]

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ApRecs Helps Grower Deliver 1st Pears to China

Stemilt Pears arrive in China was a headline on The Packer website this fall. An excerpt from the article: The first pears shipped to China by Stemilt Growers Inc. have arrived. Starkrimson pears grown in Washington by Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt arrived in China in September, according to a news release from Shanghai, China-based Lantao, Stemilt’s partner […]

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Gwen Hoheisel of WSU discusses her Session at WSHA Annual Meeting

Gwen Hoheisel received her B.S. in Zoology from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Entomology focusing on IPM and Insect Diversity at Pennsylvania State University. Gwen now works for Washington State University extension with a focus on grapes and tree fruit.  Currently she is focusing on sustainable pest management and application technologies. An […]

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Lean Service Waste of Unclear Communication

In a recent blog post, Lean Service Waste in Food Safety, I introduced the seven Lean Service Wastes as defined by Bicheno and Holweg (2009). The service waste we will address in this Monday’s blog on Lean Service Waste is Unclear Communication. Unclear communication and the wastes of seeking clarification, confusion over product or service […]

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