Submitted to: Pennsylvania Fruit News
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/16/2004
Publication Date: 10/1/2004
Citation: Miller, S.S. 2004. Apple cultivars for the mid-atlantic industry. Pennsylvania Fruit News. 84(10):20-27 2004 Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Interest in new apple cultivars has risen significantly among U.S. apple growers and consumers over the past 10 to 15 years. In 1995, a Regional Project, NE-183 'Multidisciplinary Evaluation of New Apple Cultivars', was initiated to systematically evaluate the horticultural and pest susceptible characteristics of newer apple cultivars at many locations throughout the United States. Twenty tree cultivars and advanced selections were planted in replicated plots in 1995 and an additional 20 cultivars were planted in 1999. This paper summarizes the data and observations collected to date at the USDA Appalachian Fruit Research Station planting site in the mid-Atlantic region. Cultivars and selections are categorized into those suitable for the three apple industries within the region: processing, fresh wholesale, and local retail. Information is presented on cumulative yield and quality attributes for the most promising cultivars identified for the three apple industries common to the area. Cultivars that have performed poorly are also identified and discussed.