Midwest Apple Improvement Association

In the mid 1990's, Mitch Lynd and Ed Fackler foresaw the current situation of cultivars developed elsewhere not being available to Midwestern growers. It was also noted that varieties developed elsewhere were unlikely to suit the climate and challenges faced by growers in the Midwest. They took the initiative, contacting people that might share their concern and the Midwest Apple Improvement Association was formed.

The EverCrisp apple developed by Midwest Apple Improvement Association grows considerable delicious crisp fruit with long storage characteristics.   Presenting the organization at several Midwestern fruit grower's meetings and through the fruit growing press, approximately 50 growers/breeders/enthusiasts answered the call to commit $100 per year for 15 years. In order to run the association on this shoestring it was decided that seedlings would be grown and evaluated on member's farms.

In the spring of 1997, participating growers made the first crosses, with the breeding parents chosen for their cropping reliability, disease resistance, and flavor/quality attributes. GoldRush, Sweet Sixteen, Scarlet O'Hara, Co-op 33 (Crimson Crisp), HoneyCrisp, Rome, Melrose, Fuji, and Golden Delicious in various combinations were represented in that first year's parents. 5300 seedlings were grown from the first year's breeding.

The EverCrisp apple developed by Midwest Apple Improvement Association has flavor and crispness similar to Honeycrisp and Fuji apples.Breeding has continued each year since and well over 50,000 seedlings have been distributed to members to grow, fruit, and evaluate.

In 2007 seedlings began fruiting and the first selections were identified for propagation and further evaluation. Tastings are held at the membership's annual winter meetings. At these meetings members have been privileged to listen to a 'who's who' of fruit breeders from around the world.

Advanced selections continue to be evaluated at various venues throughout the Midwest, and new crosses continue to be made. EverCrisp was the first released variety from the program, with other promising selections on the way.

"�it becomes ever more evident that no one else will supply us with Midwest adapted material. So we will do it simply because no one else will." Jim Eckert, 2003*

"Making the Best, Better"

MAIA Advisors

Mitch Lynd
Lynd Fruit Farm, Pataskala, OH

Special Advisor:
Dr. Diane Miller
The Ohio State University

Executive Director:
Bill Dodd
Hillcrest Orchard, Amherst, OH

The Midwest Apple Improvement Association's Advisor committee work hard to improve the quality of apple trees and fruits.

(Left to Right): Peg Caudill (secretary), Andy Lynd, David Doud, Mitch Lynd, Gregg Bachman, Allen Grobe, Dano Simmons, David Hull, Jim Eckert
(Front): Bill Dodd, Diane Miller