First Cosmic Crisp growers picked


Washington State University has chosen the first growers to grow Washington's new Cosmic Crisp apple but they won't be planted until 2017.

YAKIMA, Wash. — The first 24 orchardists to grow Washington’s new Cosmic Crisp apple have been chosen but they won’t be planting them until 2017.

A few were to be planted in 2016 and more in 2017 but it’s more equitable to allow all the growers randomly chosen to plant them at the same time, said Lynnell Brandt, president of Proprietary Variety Management, a Yakima company helping Washington State University manage the WSU-bred variety.

Twelve growers will each receive 3,000 to 5,000 trees and 12 will each receive up to 20,000 trees. There were 138 applicants for the smaller allotments and 320 for the larger, said Tom Kelly, WSU plant variety licensing manager. Winners were chosen randomly by computer, Brandt said.

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Courtesy of WSU/Bruce Barritt The new Washington State University apple, called Cosmic Crisp, is shown growing on a tree. The university has chosen the first growers for the new apple.

Courtesy of WSU/Bruce Barritt The new Washington State University apple, called Cosmic Crisp, is shown growing on a tree. The university has chosen the first growers for the new apple.

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