Out of the Orchard

Agency directors from Washington, Oregon, Michigan, and New York give their take on the world of tree fruit. View blog

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Occasional thoughts on the politics and activities of Washington, D.C., as they may have relevance to our tree fruit industry. View blog 


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Thurlby: Northwest cherries shipping, selling at near record volumes

As the saying goes in the cherry industry, the only thing that’s the same every year is that it will be different.  As an industry, finding ourselves on the back part of our crop as we near August is nothing unheard of…even crops as recent as 2007 historically wound [...]

Schlect: Vetter clears Senate, takes U.S. chief agricultural negotiator job

● Darci Vetter, on July 10, cleared the Senate’s confirmation process and now holds the job of “U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator” at the office of the United States Trade Representative. She moves into USTR’s Winder Building from USDA, where she was deputy undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services. [...]

Schlect: D.C. departures

● Eric Cantor’s primary defeat and subsequent resignation as majority leader has set in motion a search for a new majority leader. This will almost certainly be Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican from the fruit and vegetable producing Bakersfield area. Raúl Labrador (R/Idaho) is in this leadership race, but [...]

Grim: Washington’s industry consolidation has reached the bell lap

Two and one-half years have passed since West Mathison broached the idea of industry consolidation in Washington State at the December, 2011 Annual Meeting in Wenatchee of the Washington State Horticultural Association (WSHA).

Corr: Our Gov is a Good Fruit Grower reader

Before he went into full-time politics, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee worked as a lawyer in apple growing Selah, Washington, where his clients included Tree Top. Among his regular reads? Good Fruit Grower magazine.

So when Jay Inslee came by last week to kick off the 2014 cherry season, he was [...]

Corr: Skeena has edge in Round #2 Cherry estimate

In their latest published estimate for the cherry crop, Northwest Cherry Growers remain bullish. This year’s crop is expected to be 40 percent over last year’s 14.3 million boxes.

The “Round #2″ forecast shows that the Skeena variety has the best set this year, while Rainiers show a drop in [...]

Corr: the science, skill and beauty of a new orchard

I pass this field daily on my way to Good Fruit Grower’s offices in Yakima, Washington.

Our magazine reports on the latest research on best practices for irrigation, trellis systems, the merits of a new varieties and much more.

To see all these elements come together in the construction of a [...]

Corr: California growers criticize University of California

One of the great strengths of the American food industry is the strong partnerships between universities and grower groups. That’s especially evident in Washington State, where Washington State University has a huge and positive presence in the tree fruit and wine grape communities.

In California, a longtime partnership is showing [...]

Schlect: United Thawed

●  The American Frozen Food Institute has launched a 30 million dollar national effort to “encourage consumers to take a fresh look at frozen foods.” “Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh” is the tag line. This marketing initiative from AFFI, a group led by Kraig Naasz, a former member of [...]

Corr: Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

The staff of Good Fruit Grower started accounts with Facebook and Twitter as part of our  effort to improve how we get news and information to  growers. So far, readers like what they see. Our Facebook account  has 258 people who get our news feed. Our Twitter account just [...]