Breeding Better Apple Varieties for the Midwest

1999 Annual Report for FNC99-270

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 1999: $13,748.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2001
Region: North Central
State: Illinois
Project Coordinator:

Breeding Better Apple Varieties for the Midwest


Most Midwest orchards are planted in apple varieties not suited for a temperate climate. Producers also suffer from low market prices. By planting new varieties, Midwest producers can increase profitability, reduce pesticide costs and maintain a healthy orchard business.

Objective: To find new apple varieties for the Midwest that possess disease resistance, large fruit size, cropping reliability, good flavor and appearance, acceptable storability and minimal pre-harvest drop.

The producer purchased, established and cared for 10,000 seedling apple trees of a new variety developed by researchers at Ohio State University. The producer planted these two-foot tall seedlings at a five-by-15-foot, equaling a population of 580 trees per acre.

Results: Proper evaluation of orchard production is a 10-year process. Current growth and viability of the project is exceptional.