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Kate Prengaman is an associate editor for Good Fruit Grower, writing articles for the print magazine and website. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental science at the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in science journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Kate joined the magazine in 2016. Prior to the Good Fruit Grower, she covered the natural resources beat for the Yakima Herald-Republic and reported environmental stories for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.  She lives in Yakima with her husband and baby girl.
Contact her at 509-853-3518 or at kate@goodfruit.com and follow her on twitter @kprengaman

My Recent Articles

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Growing big with Genevas

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Third-year Washington trial offers new insight into cropping capabilities.

  • Jill McCluskey, an economist at Washington State University

Going green with reds and whites

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Will the investment in eco-certification for your vineyard pay off? It depends.

  • Julia Kock at Klipsun Vineyard

Plight of the Concords

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Juice grape prices inching up, but acreage decline continues.

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Northwest cherry growers think global at 75th institute

January 12th, 2018|0 Comments

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Following a record crop year, Northwest cherry growers got several reminders about pruning, the latest

  • Organic production at Hi Point Orchards

Want to get in on organics?

January 9th, 2018|2 Comments

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Transitioning tree fruit to organic production was the focus of a Washington State University NextGen

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It’s boom time for organics

January 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington’s organic apple growers adding 10,000 new acres in just a few years.

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Insurance beyond apples

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

A proposed tree policy could protect the investment in today’s orchards.

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GLExpo Day 3 wrap: using plant growth regulators for flowering, fruit set, and other aspects of physiology

December 7th, 2017|0 Comments

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Things were a little quieter on the final day of the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable

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Overhiser, Isaacs and others honored at Great Lakes Expo

December 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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At the 17th annual Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo Banquet on Wednesday

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Strong market for Michigan sweet cherries: GLExpo Day 2 wrap

December 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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There was good news and bad news for cherry growers at the second day of

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GLExpo Day 1 wrap: pests, pollinators and soil microbes

December 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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For tree fruit growers, the first day of the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm

  • Trent Ball, Yakima Valley College

Grape prices, fungicide resistance likely heading up

November 17th, 2017|0 Comments

The acreage of juice grapes in Washington continues to decline, but the price is likely to go up next year, said Trent Ball at the Washington State Grape Society annual meeting on Friday. Challenging growing seasons in Argentina, Spain, and California mean global supplies are down.

  • Visit to Wagner Vineyards in the Finger Lakes

Riesling for those rainy days

November 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Growers in the Finger Lakes figure out how to grow European grapes in challenging conditions.

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The hunt for great grape genes

November 7th, 2017|0 Comments

New funding enables research to continue to develop DNA markers to breed better grapes.

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N.Y. grape growers vote ‘no’ to research assessment

November 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Decision marks move toward more regional approach after narrow rejection of assessment.

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Making good in the Badlands of Washington

October 27th, 2017|3 Comments

Grower creates a home for his vineyards in dramatic but challenging scenery.

  • WSGS Viticulture field day on August 10, 2017

Scouting strategies

October 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Your vineyard scouts probably aren’t sampling nearly as randomly as you think they are.

  • Visit to Cornell Orchards.

Organic apple production remains complicated in the Northeastern U.S.

October 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Organic apple production remains complicated in the Northeastern U.S., but one grower has figured out how to make a profit on processing apples.

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Organics programs need all voices

October 25th, 2017|0 Comments

A sticky situation: Industry is urging growers to get involved with standards board.

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A better bitter pit predictor

October 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Measuring tree vigor and peel chemistry gives the best indication which fruit is at risk.

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European Cherry Fruit Fly found in NY

October 16th, 2017|0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture officials have confirmed that European Cherry Fruit Fly is now present in Niagara County, New York. The invasive pest was first detected in North America in Ontario, Canada, in 2015.

  • Weidert Farm sale in Walla Walla AVA

For sale: huge tract in prime Walla Walla location

October 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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It’s a heck of a view for a vineyard. Nobody has planted one yet, but

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High hopes for Harvista

October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Canadian growers gain access to 1-MCP for apple orchards.

  • Scenes from crop estimation research at the Betts Farms concord vineyards in Westfield, New York

Tools for counting the crop

September 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Combining low-tech crop load samples with high-tech maps could make vineyards more efficient.

  • Lake Ontario Fruit Summer Tour

Growers in pursuit of precision agriculture

September 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers and growers in New York aim to push high-density orchards to peak performance.

  • Pear psylla trials

Sustainable and less sticky solutions for pear psylla

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

New pear IPM project looks at potential for biocontrols and pest repellents.

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The high-tech promise of hands-off

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Mechanization researchers have seen quality improvements along with possibilities of cost savings.

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Sunburn and sunscald: Beware the warning signs – Video

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Sunburn and sunscald research underway in sunny Chile could lead to tools that would benefit growers in all arid regions.

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Study pushes limits of deficit irrigation

July 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Drastic reductions in irrigation delivered decent results in first year of study, but vines showed accumulated stress in year two.