Cultivar Performance Database
The cider research program has evaluated 73 different cider cultivars. Observations were recorded for vigor, growth habit, disease susceptibility, and fruit and juice quality attributes. Sensory evaluation of some single-varietal ciders was performed by professional cider makers in the region.
Research at the NWREC has included feasibility studies for orchard establishment, establishment for mechanized management, and tree support methods.
Mechanization of Production
Mechanical hedging and mechanical harvest are being evaluated at NWREC for increased labor efficiency in cider apple production.
Optimizing irrigation is critical for conserving water, and research at NWREC has evaluated several conventional methods, as well as a multi-year study on regulated deficit irrigation (RDI).
Apple Anthracnose Canker
Graduate research at NWREC has evaluated management and chemical controls of Apple Anthracnose Canker in western Washington.
Perry Pear cultivars on quince rootstock were evaluated at NWREC for bloom density, bloom timing, harvest date, and juice quality attributes. Observations also included disease susceptibility, growth habit, and vigor.