Putting the tech in biotech

By now you may be quite familiar with the nonbrowning trait in Arctic® apples, and hopefully have had the chance to taste the orchard-freshness of our apples for yourself. The biotechnology behind our apples benefits the entire supply chain and helps ensure fewer apples are wasted and more apples get tasted. What you may not realize, however, is the technology that goes into growing Arctic apples. Okanagan Specialty Fruits® is a vertically integrated company. As proud as we are of the science behind our apples, we are equally proud of our state-of-the-art orchards and the care that goes into growing
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When Apple (and other) Trees Bloom

The arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere can be a moving target. Too early and frost can be a risk factor, while a late spring can push the growing season. Whenever it arrives, fruit tree blossoms are always a welcome sight. Most of us look at an orchard and see a blanket of beautiful flowers. To the untrained eye it can be hard to differentiate the blooms of apricots from those of an apple or peach. Lucky for you, we can help. For those in the pacific northwest, here’s a guide to what fruit trees are blooming when. Fruit
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The Story of ApBitz™ Apple Snacks

There has never been a more interesting time than now to grow food. Technology provides farmers with tools to better manage risk and science offers possibilities to help answer challenges faced around the world. In the conversation of ‘how do we feed ourselves’, even us apple growers can heed the call. Apples are one of the most wasted foods in the fresh food supply chain, with up to 40% not making it to store shelves. Our nonbrowning Arctic® apples are one solution in finding a way to help reduce this number. What happens to apples that don’t make our fresh
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Modern Apple Growing

Science and technology are advancing at a rapid pace, making life easier and more convenient. Agriculture sees its share of these benefits but the true advantage is realized when we can find our way to a place where old and new meet in harmony. Apple growing has changed. Sprawling trees have been replaced by smaller, more productive ones in high-density orchards. Gone is water-wasting overhead irrigation in favor of more efficient drip systems. Through it all, a few things remain the same – sometimes getting a helping hand. Grafted, not seeded Apple seeds are a genetically creative group. If planted,
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Why sensors make sense

There are many factors that can affect the outcome of a successful crop. Mother Nature likes to throw all sorts of challenges our way, but we at Okanagan Specialty Fruits have installed sensors in our Arctic® apple orchards to try and stay one step ahead of her and, in turn, be more environmentally friendly! Measuring soil moisture is an important factor in helping farmers manage their irrigation needs more efficiently. Our soil probes can analyze soil conditions and notify our farm managers exactly when it’s time to water. Plus, our irrigation system is automatically adjusted to distribute just the right
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Carters at core of Arctic® brand

To those familiar with OSF’s journey to bring Arctic® apples to market and for apple lovers who will soon get to enjoy Arctic® apples firsthand, it’s clear that the Carter family is at the core of the Arctic® brand! There’s no separating the Arctic® apple story from Neal and Louisa Carter, who not only founded Okanagan Specialty Fruits in 1996, but have been involved every step of the way since. With a bit of help from their kids, they brainstormed the Arctic® logo and name – landing on “Arctic® apples” because, like the snow-driven landscapes of the Arctic itself, nonbrowning
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A Precautionary Tale of Citrus Decline

The World Apple Report is an eagerly anticipated monthly publication for apple growers like us, and the Nov. 2015 issue had a story we are particularly interested in sharing. Typically accessible by a paid subscription only, we were graciously given permission to share the article in its entirety below (with a few minor edits). We believe it’s a great case study for the risks of being overly conservative when it comes to embracing the benefits that biotechnology can offer: Precautionary Tale of Citrus Decline Oranges have been among the world’s great fruits for many decades. However, their position is now
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