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2016 WASHINGTON STATE HORT SHOW
We will be covering the 112th Washington State Tree Fruit Association Annual Meeting and Northwest Hort Expo on December 5-7, 2016, at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

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1 day ago
Two Oregon cherry growers join forces | Good Fruit Grower https://t.co/kvsyHDnuFy
5 days ago
@Phil_Weiler @wsucahnrs @WSU_Cougar_Pres Thanks for inviting us. We appreciate @WSU_Cougar_Pres openness and commit… https://t.co/CJ9FULIluy
8 days ago
As a service to growers, we’ve created an archive of videos, summaries and photos from Hort shows in MI and. WA. https://t.co/iHYIcVl453
9 days ago
RT @findtj: Learn more about using automated water management tools in your orchard with Aylin Moreno. Watch here: https://t.co/mu0nu9VPiC
9 days ago
RT @findtj: If you're wanting up to date food safety training materials for you or your crews, #WSTFA has new videos available on request.…
9 days ago
RT @findtj: Interested about fire blight resistant pear cultivars? Gökhan Öztürk talks about his breeding trials in Turkey. Watch here: htt…
9 days ago
RT @WAEF_ORG: Growing Graduates - Tree Fruit Industry and Heritage's Shared Mission: https://t.co/ZQt1qubvrc
9 days ago
RT @findtj: More #hortshow! Teah Smith shares a few tips regarding scouting orchards for pests and its importance with organic blocks. Watc…
9 days ago
RT @findtj: What are six different attributes farms can improve on in their business to be more profitable? Here are a few points from @Ore…
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Want to see where your radial airblast sprayer is spraying? Use flagging tape tied to spray nozzles to see if you are spray…
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Best organic products to BMSB control include Pyrganic + Surround, Venerate, and M-pede, Nielsen said #GLExpo
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Trap crops (something to sacrifice to lure BMSB from $ crops) didn't work well on their own. Nielsen suggests treating the…
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Organic Brown Marmorated Stink Bug control? Rutgers's Anne Nielsen says Good Luck! Just kidding, she recommends using every…
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Third day of the #glexpo and my brain is getting full 😉 Hard to keep up with the PGR program this morning!
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: MSU's Told Einhorn discussing an interesting experiment in setting seedless apples via nets that exclude pollinators. #GLEx…
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Don't worry about other flowers "stealing" bees away from your orchard. Bees love orchards best, but flower diversity is im…
9 days ago
RT @HerrickAFG: At the banquet, Ron Goldy of @MSUAgBio shares a tart cherry video that takes us from pruning to pie: https://t.co/ucw2DreJZL
10 days ago
RT @wsucahnrs: This week's #CAHNRSCougConnections, a series profiling #CAHNRS Ambassadors, features Megan Russell, a sophomore from Renton.…
10 days ago
RT @MIbluedoc: #blueberry session at #GLEXPO about 200 growers. Over 4,000 at meetings and trade show https://t.co/8cQ2isHqXH
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: MI residents want local sweet cherries, so there's room for the fresh market production to grow, panel says #glexpo https:/…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: When it comes to cherries, SWD seem to prefer/make more larvae in ripening but not fully ripe fruit, MSU's Nikki Rothwell s…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Italian growers now love bi-axis cherry trees bc they are easy to grow and harvest and they make a 2D fruiting wall that's…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Italian horticulturist Nicola Dallabetta is testing HD cherry systems that are easier for SWD control. Narrow fruiting wall…
10 days ago
RT @findtj: What’s an acceptable amount of fruit accessibility for Abundant Robotics’ automated harvester? Consensus on the panel says: abo…
10 days ago
RT @findtj: Dan Steere leads a panel of growers who have been working with Abundant Robotics’ automated harvester, about trial results, orc…
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Walters: Keep scouting for years after removing and replacing a tree infected with Little Cherry. #hortshow
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Hannah Walters of Stemilt: Scout for Little Cherry by walking every acre, mark trees and use a GPS mapping program. #hortshow
10 days ago
We’ve updated our Washington show coverage, gathered here. Good Fruit Grower https://t.co/8PpfvbC4Hz
10 days ago
At #wstfa show you can find information sessions everywhere, such as this one for Spanish speakers. #hortshow https://t.co/pHkrkPHtrU
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Beers: Liquid traps catch more SWD, but also catch a lot of other drosophila, making things hard to measure. Sticky paper tr…
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Betsy Beers on Spotted Wing Drosophila: “Trapping is essential, even if you hate it.” #hortshow
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Drew Hubbard of G.S. Long: Use strep for fireblight sparingly. "I like to save that hammer for when things get real bad.” #…
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Johnson: “Blight removal in young orchards is like voting: Cut early and cut often.” #hortshow
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Ken Johnson of Oregon State University: Extend fireblight control programs through a week after petal fall. Trees are still…
10 days ago
RT @sdininny: Jon Wyss of Gebbers Farms on H-2A program: Best thing about program is that you can request the same workers again. Training…
10 days ago
RT @findtj: What do growers need to consider the next two years regarding #foodsafety changes in regulations and tips for smaller farms? We…
10 days ago
RT @findtj: H2-A panel - WAFLA says growers need to understand it may cost about $10K per bed to install and set up housing for your labor…
10 days ago
RT @sdininny: WSU's Karina Gallardo says US apple industry is doing well long term, with ability to invest in capital, new technologies. In…
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Pheromone disruption of codling moth used in about 90 percent of Washington orchards. #hortshow
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Consultant Don Thompson called pheromone disruption of codling moth just one tool in an integrated control strategy. #horts…
10 days ago
RT @findtj: Karina Gallardo, WSU, breaks down typical farm production costs leading off the final day of #hortshow sessions in Kennewick. h…
10 days ago
RT @findtj: Today's flash news session made for an intense and informative session with attendees watching from outside the doors at today'…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: High hopes for the Controller 8 rootstock that could shrink peach trees and provide precocity, based on NC140 data, Schupp…
10 days ago
Day 3 of the #WSTFA show is about to begin. Watch for live tweets by our team of journalists. #hortshow
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Plant hedge row with diversity of plants on border of edges to provide habitat for beneficials and protect from dust. #horts…
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: "If you could learn to raise gopher snakes, you could make a lot of money in organic farming," said Sonnabend. Green lacewin…
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Zea Sonnabend, a California organic grower, said to disturb soil as little as possible to allow soil microbes to find balanc…
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Organic consultant Dain Craver said scouting is the most important thing in organics. #hortshow
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Teah Smith of Zirkle Fruit strongly urges frequent testing for Little Cherry Virus. She doesn't believe the industry is taki…
10 days ago
RT @connie_fisk: Tom Forge @AAFC_Canada shared great research from BC on orchard replant management. Benefits of compost and bark mulch and…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: "Peach trees are trees and they want to be tall," Schupp says. That's a management challenge. #GLExpo
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Denser is not always better, especially for peaches that don't have dwarfing rootstocks like apples. Medium density, like a…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Up next, peach systems! V-systems lead to more red blush compared to open centers, said PSU's Jim Schupp. #Glexpo
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Lots of interest from growers in the possibility of using mosquito netting with slow release insecticide and BMSB lures to…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: What's a ghost trap? PA growers are hanging 8' tall insecticide treated nets with BMSB attractant can remove thousands of t…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Unless you leave your peaches on the tree until "they are practically dripping", you probably won't have SWD infestation, J…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Good new for peach growers - processing peaches appear to resist SWD well thanks to firmness, Jones says. #GLExpo
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: SWD like plums too, says MSU's David Jones. But they wait until plums are soft to infect, a week or two before harvest, so…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: So many great topics at the #GLExpo I'm just one writer but I want to be in 3 places at once! Tart cherries, stone fruit, a…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: In 2017, SWD came on early and strong for MI growers. Larry Gut calls it "horrendous, the worst insect I've dealt with in 4…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: What are the best options for tart cherry growers to control SWD? MSU's Larry Gut says a strong new diamide product, Verdep…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: So many apples to try! #glexpo
10 days ago
Our associate editor continues her tweets from the Michigan show. #glexpo #hortshow https://t.co/Du2nQsGYAm
11 days ago
TreeTop: Every apple that is being grown, we can find a home for it in our catalog of products. Even Ugly Fruit. #hortshow. #WSTFA
11 days ago
TreeTop: People want to buy food made in US. They trust it. #hortshow
11 days ago
Treetop: NW organic processing fruit market is heavily influenced by foreign completion. Global suppliers have been… https://t.co/I3GTnl2R4b
11 days ago
Lutz: Now all retailers carry organic apples, helping to accelerate organic sales. #hortshow. #WSTFA
11 days ago
Lutz: organic consumers are willing to spend more and make larger, more frequent purchases. #hortshow. #WSTFA
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: So many apples to try! #glexpo https://t.co/Y9Bu3Y0T2X
11 days ago
Steve Lutz, CMI orchards, customers view organics as better, healthier and fresher than conventional fruit. That “… https://t.co/omj7SnJLDc
11 days ago
From organic session: Fuji and Gala still dominate organic acreage in Wa State, at 47%. #wstfa #hortshow
11 days ago
@wsucahnrs Thanks for the RT!
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Brosi is selling a solution. He works for SafePod, a tool for tracking fruit stress under ultralow oxygen levels like a can…
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: As orchards get denser, pruning techniques have to change, get shorter to favor more renewal, says Italian horticulturist N…
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Why should MI growers care about Cosmic Crisp? It stores really well and is going to raise the bar for consumer expectation…
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Unlike a rutabaga, an apple is not meant to be stored, Beaudry said. So we need to reduce as many stresses as possible to h…
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: If you see this pest in MI, please report it, Mason said. Similar growing conditions here to where it's invading in PA. htt…
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Measuring stress of fruit in storage is key, said MSU's Randy Beaudry. A MI company is offering new tech to make ultra low…
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Could MI growers replace codling moth sprays with sterile moths from British Columbia's program that nearly eliminated the…

Watch this year's Hort Show video summaries

WSTFA annual meeting — Wednesday wrapup

Day two of the WSTFA annual meeting, afternoon summary - Video

Day two of the WSTFA annual meeting, morning summary – Videos

Wrapping up day one of the WSTFA annual meeting – Video

Day 1, Washington hort show, morning summary - Video

Sessions engage Spanish speakers: Hort Show Preview

Spanish presentation topics at WSTFA annual meeting range from pesticide handling to economics. Read More »

A succession story: 2016 Growers of the year

Bill and Mark Zirkle credit teamwork for company’s growth and fruitful legacy. Read More »

Diversity wins: 2016 Growers of the year

Blueberries, wine grapes are among Zirkle Fruit’s most recent endeavors. Read More »

Communication is key for Zirkle sales team : 2016 Growers of the year

Staying ahead Read More »

Mega-trends in produce: Hort Show Preview

Wal-Mart executive explains why growers are now serving "purposeful" consumers. Read More »

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Cosmic Crisp insights: Hort Show Preview

Washington beefs up education ahead of plantings of new variety. Read More »

1 day ago
Two Oregon cherry growers join forces | Good Fruit Grower https://t.co/kvsyHDnuFy
5 days ago
@Phil_Weiler @wsucahnrs @WSU_Cougar_Pres Thanks for inviting us. We appreciate @WSU_Cougar_Pres openness and commit… https://t.co/CJ9FULIluy
8 days ago
As a service to growers, we’ve created an archive of videos, summaries and photos from Hort shows in MI and. WA. https://t.co/iHYIcVl453
9 days ago
RT @findtj: Learn more about using automated water management tools in your orchard with Aylin Moreno. Watch here: https://t.co/mu0nu9VPiC
9 days ago
RT @findtj: If you're wanting up to date food safety training materials for you or your crews, #WSTFA has new videos available on request.…
9 days ago
RT @findtj: Interested about fire blight resistant pear cultivars? Gökhan Öztürk talks about his breeding trials in Turkey. Watch here: htt…
9 days ago
RT @WAEF_ORG: Growing Graduates - Tree Fruit Industry and Heritage's Shared Mission: https://t.co/ZQt1qubvrc
9 days ago
RT @findtj: More #hortshow! Teah Smith shares a few tips regarding scouting orchards for pests and its importance with organic blocks. Watc…
9 days ago
RT @findtj: What are six different attributes farms can improve on in their business to be more profitable? Here are a few points from @Ore…
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Want to see where your radial airblast sprayer is spraying? Use flagging tape tied to spray nozzles to see if you are spray…
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Best organic products to BMSB control include Pyrganic + Surround, Venerate, and M-pede, Nielsen said #GLExpo
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Trap crops (something to sacrifice to lure BMSB from $ crops) didn't work well on their own. Nielsen suggests treating the…
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Organic Brown Marmorated Stink Bug control? Rutgers's Anne Nielsen says Good Luck! Just kidding, she recommends using every…
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Third day of the #glexpo and my brain is getting full 😉 Hard to keep up with the PGR program this morning!
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: MSU's Told Einhorn discussing an interesting experiment in setting seedless apples via nets that exclude pollinators. #GLEx…
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Don't worry about other flowers "stealing" bees away from your orchard. Bees love orchards best, but flower diversity is im…
9 days ago
RT @HerrickAFG: At the banquet, Ron Goldy of @MSUAgBio shares a tart cherry video that takes us from pruning to pie: https://t.co/ucw2DreJZL
10 days ago
RT @wsucahnrs: This week's #CAHNRSCougConnections, a series profiling #CAHNRS Ambassadors, features Megan Russell, a sophomore from Renton.…
10 days ago
RT @MIbluedoc: #blueberry session at #GLEXPO about 200 growers. Over 4,000 at meetings and trade show https://t.co/8cQ2isHqXH
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: MI residents want local sweet cherries, so there's room for the fresh market production to grow, panel says #glexpo https:/…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: When it comes to cherries, SWD seem to prefer/make more larvae in ripening but not fully ripe fruit, MSU's Nikki Rothwell s…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Italian growers now love bi-axis cherry trees bc they are easy to grow and harvest and they make a 2D fruiting wall that's…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Italian horticulturist Nicola Dallabetta is testing HD cherry systems that are easier for SWD control. Narrow fruiting wall…
10 days ago
RT @findtj: What’s an acceptable amount of fruit accessibility for Abundant Robotics’ automated harvester? Consensus on the panel says: abo…
10 days ago
RT @findtj: Dan Steere leads a panel of growers who have been working with Abundant Robotics’ automated harvester, about trial results, orc…
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Walters: Keep scouting for years after removing and replacing a tree infected with Little Cherry. #hortshow
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Hannah Walters of Stemilt: Scout for Little Cherry by walking every acre, mark trees and use a GPS mapping program. #hortshow
10 days ago
We’ve updated our Washington show coverage, gathered here. Good Fruit Grower https://t.co/8PpfvbC4Hz
10 days ago
At #wstfa show you can find information sessions everywhere, such as this one for Spanish speakers. #hortshow https://t.co/pHkrkPHtrU
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Beers: Liquid traps catch more SWD, but also catch a lot of other drosophila, making things hard to measure. Sticky paper tr…
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Betsy Beers on Spotted Wing Drosophila: “Trapping is essential, even if you hate it.” #hortshow
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Drew Hubbard of G.S. Long: Use strep for fireblight sparingly. "I like to save that hammer for when things get real bad.” #…
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Johnson: “Blight removal in young orchards is like voting: Cut early and cut often.” #hortshow
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Ken Johnson of Oregon State University: Extend fireblight control programs through a week after petal fall. Trees are still…
10 days ago
RT @sdininny: Jon Wyss of Gebbers Farms on H-2A program: Best thing about program is that you can request the same workers again. Training…
10 days ago
RT @findtj: What do growers need to consider the next two years regarding #foodsafety changes in regulations and tips for smaller farms? We…
10 days ago
RT @findtj: H2-A panel - WAFLA says growers need to understand it may cost about $10K per bed to install and set up housing for your labor…
10 days ago
RT @sdininny: WSU's Karina Gallardo says US apple industry is doing well long term, with ability to invest in capital, new technologies. In…
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Pheromone disruption of codling moth used in about 90 percent of Washington orchards. #hortshow
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Consultant Don Thompson called pheromone disruption of codling moth just one tool in an integrated control strategy. #horts…
10 days ago
RT @findtj: Karina Gallardo, WSU, breaks down typical farm production costs leading off the final day of #hortshow sessions in Kennewick. h…
10 days ago
RT @findtj: Today's flash news session made for an intense and informative session with attendees watching from outside the doors at today'…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: High hopes for the Controller 8 rootstock that could shrink peach trees and provide precocity, based on NC140 data, Schupp…
10 days ago
Day 3 of the #WSTFA show is about to begin. Watch for live tweets by our team of journalists. #hortshow
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Plant hedge row with diversity of plants on border of edges to provide habitat for beneficials and protect from dust. #horts…
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: "If you could learn to raise gopher snakes, you could make a lot of money in organic farming," said Sonnabend. Green lacewin…
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Zea Sonnabend, a California organic grower, said to disturb soil as little as possible to allow soil microbes to find balanc…
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Organic consultant Dain Craver said scouting is the most important thing in organics. #hortshow
10 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Teah Smith of Zirkle Fruit strongly urges frequent testing for Little Cherry Virus. She doesn't believe the industry is taki…
10 days ago
RT @connie_fisk: Tom Forge @AAFC_Canada shared great research from BC on orchard replant management. Benefits of compost and bark mulch and…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: "Peach trees are trees and they want to be tall," Schupp says. That's a management challenge. #GLExpo
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Denser is not always better, especially for peaches that don't have dwarfing rootstocks like apples. Medium density, like a…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Up next, peach systems! V-systems lead to more red blush compared to open centers, said PSU's Jim Schupp. #Glexpo
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Lots of interest from growers in the possibility of using mosquito netting with slow release insecticide and BMSB lures to…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: What's a ghost trap? PA growers are hanging 8' tall insecticide treated nets with BMSB attractant can remove thousands of t…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Unless you leave your peaches on the tree until "they are practically dripping", you probably won't have SWD infestation, J…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Good new for peach growers - processing peaches appear to resist SWD well thanks to firmness, Jones says. #GLExpo
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: SWD like plums too, says MSU's David Jones. But they wait until plums are soft to infect, a week or two before harvest, so…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: So many great topics at the #GLExpo I'm just one writer but I want to be in 3 places at once! Tart cherries, stone fruit, a…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: In 2017, SWD came on early and strong for MI growers. Larry Gut calls it "horrendous, the worst insect I've dealt with in 4…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: What are the best options for tart cherry growers to control SWD? MSU's Larry Gut says a strong new diamide product, Verdep…
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: So many apples to try! #glexpo
10 days ago
Our associate editor continues her tweets from the Michigan show. #glexpo #hortshow https://t.co/Du2nQsGYAm
11 days ago
TreeTop: Every apple that is being grown, we can find a home for it in our catalog of products. Even Ugly Fruit. #hortshow. #WSTFA
11 days ago
TreeTop: People want to buy food made in US. They trust it. #hortshow
11 days ago
Treetop: NW organic processing fruit market is heavily influenced by foreign completion. Global suppliers have been… https://t.co/I3GTnl2R4b
11 days ago
Lutz: Now all retailers carry organic apples, helping to accelerate organic sales. #hortshow. #WSTFA
11 days ago
Lutz: organic consumers are willing to spend more and make larger, more frequent purchases. #hortshow. #WSTFA
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: So many apples to try! #glexpo https://t.co/Y9Bu3Y0T2X
11 days ago
Steve Lutz, CMI orchards, customers view organics as better, healthier and fresher than conventional fruit. That “… https://t.co/omj7SnJLDc
11 days ago
From organic session: Fuji and Gala still dominate organic acreage in Wa State, at 47%. #wstfa #hortshow
11 days ago
@wsucahnrs Thanks for the RT!
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Brosi is selling a solution. He works for SafePod, a tool for tracking fruit stress under ultralow oxygen levels like a can…
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: As orchards get denser, pruning techniques have to change, get shorter to favor more renewal, says Italian horticulturist N…
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Why should MI growers care about Cosmic Crisp? It stores really well and is going to raise the bar for consumer expectation…
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Unlike a rutabaga, an apple is not meant to be stored, Beaudry said. So we need to reduce as many stresses as possible to h…
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: If you see this pest in MI, please report it, Mason said. Similar growing conditions here to where it's invading in PA. htt…
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Measuring stress of fruit in storage is key, said MSU's Randy Beaudry. A MI company is offering new tech to make ultra low…
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Could MI growers replace codling moth sprays with sterile moths from British Columbia's program that nearly eliminated the…

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