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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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DeVaney: Moving forward on FSMA

May 4th, 2016|0 Comments

A Good Point by Jon DeVaney, WSTFA president

Wade: Free trade should include fair trade

April 19th, 2016|0 Comments

A Good Fruit Grower good point by Mike Wade, USApple chairman

Hansen: Test for nutrients before spending big money

April 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Wine industry funded research can save growers money and lead to healthier vineyard soils.

Allen: My thanks to growers supporting food safety research

March 17th, 2016|0 Comments

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“One bad apple will spoil the barrel” is almost as familiar as the saying “an

Hansen: Wine grapes — An IPM success story

March 1st, 2016|3 Comments

Integrated pest management research has saved Washington’s wine grape growers millions in pesticide costs.

WSU Tree Fruit Endowment has world-class goal

February 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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Thirty-two million dollars for enhanced tree fruit research and extension.

In 2013, Washington fruit growers finalized

On the cover: Sunset, sunrise

February 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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When it’s harvest time, as many of you well know, there just doesn’t seem to

Corr: We partner to serve growers

February 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Any organization with a need for getting horticultural information to growers should think of us.

Hansen: Building a world-class wine research program

January 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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It’s a new era for viticulture and enology research in Washington.

Washington’s wine industry has started

Morrison: Lessons in leadership

January 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation (AgForestry) is a leadership development program for adults

Benefits of the TPP

December 28th, 2015|2 Comments

Eliminating tariff rates on tree fruit is a trade policy objective of the Northwest Horticultural Council. TPP furthers this objective.

Warner: The never-ending story list

December 21st, 2015|2 Comments

Since joining the Good Fruit Grower staff, I’ve probably written close to 3,000 articles and my colleagues thousands more.

Johnson: A look back at our covers for 2015

December 16th, 2015|0 Comments

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With Pacific Northwest orchards now well settled into their winter nap, their branches bare as

Corr: Watch for the 2015 Grower of the Year in our December issue

November 9th, 2015|0 Comments

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We’re pretty excited about the December issue we are preparing right now, especially coverage of

Food safety issues challenge industry

October 6th, 2015|0 Comments

Growers and packers are adapting to the new requirements.

Schlect: On the red carpet with President Xi

September 28th, 2015|0 Comments

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Last Tuesday morning I was present as member of the welcoming committee for the official

Working in “Pearadise”

September 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

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An email popped into my inbox a few days ago. Simple and sweet, it read:

As legacy ends, another begins

September 17th, 2015|2 Comments

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In England, the Yorkshire city of Huddersfield can be found near the confluence of the

Should you pay for travel time?

September 14th, 2015|0 Comments

Travel time is not normally compensable, but there are exceptions.

Chelan Fruit fires — Burned but not broken

August 20th, 2015|2 Comments

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Several fires in North Central Washington are still very active, forcing evacuations, taking power out, damaging

Picking time

August 19th, 2015|0 Comments

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The incredible, intricate sequence that takes the harvest from picker to packer has begun once

Thurlby: The 2015 Northwest cherry season by the numbers

August 6th, 2015|0 Comments

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Here we are in the first week of August and the 2015 Northwest Cherry season

Just peachy!

July 28th, 2015|0 Comments

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We’re in the middle of a spectacularly hot summer here in central Washington, and the

IFTA summer tour highlights gear to help fruit beat the heat

July 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

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The 2015 IFTA summer tour provided an intense learning environment for growers and researchers who

Low snow spells trouble

July 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

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Months ago, I saw it coming. Crossing Snoqualmie Pass in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, I drove

Images show Lake Shasta’s drop; highlights California drought

June 26th, 2015|0 Comments

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NASA’s Earth Observatory website released two images this week comparing Lake Shasta’s decline over a

A “blemish” on our cover? Oh no!

June 17th, 2015|0 Comments

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We put a lot of effort into choosing spectacular covers for each issue of Good Fruit

Corr: Consumers decide

June 1st, 2015|0 Comments

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The June 2015 issue of Good Fruit Grower examines how new varieties are changing the

Cheerful over cherries

May 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

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They’re coming! Those wonderful, succulent, sweet cherries are at this very moment growing on those

Why go with Arctic GMO apple?

May 18th, 2015|4 Comments

There are apple varieties that naturally don’t turn brown.

Earthly endeavors

April 15th, 2015|0 Comments

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A good orchard begins with good earth. And in orchard country, it’s quite a sight

Plum lucky—twice

March 16th, 2015|0 Comments

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We love blossoms here at Good Fruit Grower, and this month we are fortunate to

Why telling our story matters: Good Point

March 10th, 2015|0 Comments

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By Jon DeVaney

While not yet ratified, an agreement on a new contract for West Coast

DeVaney: Why telling our story matters

March 10th, 2015|0 Comments

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By Jon DeVaney

While not yet ratified, an agreement on a new contract for West Coast

Fryhover: USDA’s Arctic apple decision means differentiation and education will be imperative

February 17th, 2015|1 Comment

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The recent approval by USDA of the Arctic apple brands wasn’t unforeseen by our industry.

Schlect: A cold Arctic blast

February 17th, 2015|0 Comments

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● USDA announced last Friday its deregulation of a Canadian firm’s–Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc.–two varieties

Corr: Was USDA’s GMO decision a black cat crossing America’s orchards?

February 17th, 2015|0 Comments

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To hear some critics tell it, the government’s decision Friday the 13th to deregulate a

Twilight and sunset

February 16th, 2015|0 Comments

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We always tend to hear nice things about our covers, but this month’s two selections

Schlect: State of the Union

January 27th, 2015|0 Comments

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● The Foreign Agricultural Service has long been viewed as an elite arm of the

Making peace with pears

January 19th, 2015|0 Comments

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Being in a packing house at the height of harvest always amazes me. I am

A prize pick!

January 9th, 2015|0 Comments

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We asked 4-year-old Ciara Mullinax to pull a name from the hundreds of readers who

A first for 2015

January 1st, 2015|1 Comment

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January 1. Just writing that date stirs thoughts of what’s to come. Each year, we

Schlect: On the docks

December 12th, 2014|0 Comments

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● This fall’s disruptions of ocean shipping–that have lacerated our tree fruit exports–beg for

Vineyard, winery tour in southern France

December 1st, 2014|0 Comments

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Washington State University’s Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling is leading a 12-day springtime tour in southern France

A bit of history with the O’Brien brothers

December 1st, 2014|0 Comments

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History runs deep in the O’Brien family’s orchards, which stretch along the lower Yakima River

Good Point: That unwashed grape

November 26th, 2014|0 Comments

FSMA is another example of how a good idea (here, improved food safety for consumers) is forged into a federal law with little understanding by legislators of the complexities of the actual situation.

Schlect: Immigration

November 24th, 2014|0 Comments

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●  Now that President Obama has issued his executive order related to immigration, advocates for

Schlect: Cow paths and ports

November 19th, 2014|0 Comments

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● A virtual shutdown of West Coast ports has severely damaged export efforts of

Schlect: Elections aftermath

November 5th, 2014|0 Comments

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● Greg Walden (R/Oregon) should be happy today. The chairman of the National Republican Congressional

Cover blog: Fall of insights

October 31st, 2014|0 Comments

Our November 2014 cover was shot by Yakima photographer Lance Johnson.