[NAFEX] Testing patented stock; thanking fruit breeders

Richard Moyer ramoyer at gmail.com
Mon Jan 29 13:58:36 EST 2007

Thanks, Del, for your note below about complementing fruit breeders.  At our
NAFEX meeting last summer; I had the chance to thank John Clark for breeding
and releasing "Westbrook", an extra-early nectarine for home and local fresh
markets.  The ripe fruit seldom makes it into our house.  Learned about
its new release through an SFF meeting at Clark's Univ Ark research farm a
few years ago.  To my surprise, he said I'm the first grower who's given him
any feedback.  It's a melting type, so we talked about the challenge of
brown rot prevention.

Most all of us value it when our labor of love is appreciated by another.
One way to encourage continual release of varieties that only have niche
appeal is to thank their developers any chance we get.

Richard Moyer
Cold east TN; having Korean Giant asian pears with lunch

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Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2007 19:56:25 -0800 (PST)
From: Del Stubbs <northernlights2n at yahoo.com>
Subject: [NAFEX]  testing patented stock
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
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Having read a few of the pixie crunch posts...
 Here is an example of testing being of more value than a few cents of
royalties. We had
our first taste of the 'Pristine' apple I grafted 4 years ago on a Bud9 - it
is a product
of the 'Pri' series at Purdue Univ. I was so impressed with it for flavor
texture and
beauty that I thought to try it on 10 different trees ( w/ different
rootstocks and micro
environments).  Grafting one didn't bother me - but it didn't feel right to
do 10 without
some attempt to locate the patent holder.
It took me a whopping 10 minutes of googling to find the prof. and his email
address. I
wrote him and asked how I pay for royalties, and of course I gave my
impressions of the
apple and the cold testing I am doing here. I got back quite a letter . This
was last
fall so I dont remember it exactly, but it was a bit like an artist's work
finally being
recognized after years of being ignored. He told me the particular reason it
had been
dropped from commercial production, whatever it was was insignificant to me
as a small
time grower. In the end he asked if I would report back on my rootstock &
cold testing of
it in lew of royalties. A fine exchange. Conclusion: try contacting the real
person who
patented a variety you're interested in, it might be the first time anyone
ever wrote
them!  Del

Del Stubbs  http://www.pinewoodforge.com   zone 3   N. MN
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