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gfg-portraits-shannon2Shannon Dininny is Editor of Good Fruit Grower, writing articles for the print magazine and website and planning and preparing editorial content. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree from the University of Montana.

After working as a reporter at newspapers in Montana, Shannon joined the Associated Press in 2000, with stops in Montana, Indiana, Washington, Idaho and Utah. She was with the news wire service for nearly 14 years, including 10 years as the Yakima, Washington, correspondent, covering agriculture, nuclear waste cleanup, wildfires, environmental issues, national parks, tribes, and breaking news in eastern Washington and Oregon. She was named AP Employee of the Year for Washington State in 2009.

Shannon joined the magazine in 2015. She lives in Yakima.

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My Recent Articles

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IFTA explores Nelson, New Zealand

February 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

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Attendees at the International Fruit Tree Association study tour had a visitor of their own

  • Bing Cherry with Little Cherry Virus 2. (Courtesy Andrea Bixby Brosi, Washington State University)

Be on the lookout for little cherry

February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Scouting for symptoms in orchards is key to preventing, controlling little cherry disease.

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New Zealand growers welcome IFTA Study Tour groups

February 17th, 2018|0 Comments

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The International Fruit Tree Association 2018 summer tour and conference kicked off with a welcome

  • Milbrandt Vineyards' Ancient Lakes and Wahluke Slope vineyards

20 years in the making

February 12th, 2018|1 Comment

Milbrandt brothers look back on two decades in Washington’s wine grape industry as they open the state’s largest custom wine bottling operation.

  • 2017 Hort Show

Should you grow vertical or V?

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

That’s the question when preparing for robotic pickers in your orchard.

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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

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Yes, your spray nozzles need to be replaced on a regular basis.

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Nozzle nagging

  • Cosmic Crisp harvest

Learning Cosmic lessons

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers offer the latest horticultural, packing tips for new Washington State University apple variety.

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Protecting intellectual property

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Managers of new Washington State University-bred apple variety use high-tech software to protect intellectual property rights.

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New idea for controlling crop load

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

New Zealand researchers studying artificial spur extinction to help with crop load management.

  • Irrigation water testing training

Feds extending FSMA sampling deadlines

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Water sampling rules will now start in 2022, rather than 2018.

  • 2017 Hort Show

Labor, pests and disease: Hort show, Day 3 wrap

December 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Washington State Tree Fruit Association annual meeting wrapped up Wednesday with two sessions on

  • 2017 Hort Show

Organics: Hort show Day 2, afternoon wrap

December 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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A panel of growers shared their experiences managing crop load during today’s afternoon session at

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Longtime winemaker fulfills dream by opening his own boutique winery

November 22nd, 2017|2 Comments

Co Dinn Winery: One man’s path

  • 2017 apple harvest

Average apple harvest likely in U.S.

October 10th, 2017|1 Comment

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U.S. apple growers won’t see a record crop this season, though tough weather conditions for

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The global fire blight fight

September 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Belgian researchers at pcfruit are examining biocontrols and detection methods for fire blight.

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Conference pear challenge

September 27th, 2017|0 Comments

After going all-in with Conference pears, have Belgian growers reached a tipping point?

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Disease-seeking drone research

September 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Belgian scientists research using drones, multispectral sensors to detect fire blight in pear orchards.

  • 2017 apple harvest

USApple 2017 forecast: big drop in Midwest, slight drop in West, slight increase in East

August 25th, 2017|0 Comments

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Apple growers expect to produce upwards of 248.2 million bushels for the 2017-18 crop year,

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NAFTA is the talk of USApple Outlook conference

August 24th, 2017|1 Comment

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The three parties to the North American Free Trade Agreement — the United States, Canada

  • Interpera 10th World Pear Conference

Big cherry crop came with surprises

August 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Northwest cherry growers produced a record crop this season, but they’ll be looking for ways in the offseason to improve fruit size and quality next year following complaints that some of the fruit didn’t meet the industry’s usual high standards.

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Orchard mechanization gains momentum

August 8th, 2017|5 Comments

Growers increasingly find ways to adopt new technologies across all four seasons.

  • Mark Powers, president of the Northwest Horticultural Council

The ag advocates

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Hort Council presses on amid leadership change.

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Thwarting a cherry killer

July 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Early research suggests acclimating trees and sending them into early dormancy may help prevent bacterial canker infections.

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Should Cosmic Crisp have a “utility” grade?

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Questions remain about color standards for new Washington State University variety.

  • First Cosmic Crisp apple tree plantings

Apple industry readies itself for the big thing called Cosmic Crisp

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Planting surge of highly hyped Cosmic Crisp is likely to test growers, packers, marketers — and consumers.

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Northwest wine grape industry to streamline clean plant regulations

June 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Coming clean at the Clean Plant Center Northwest

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Northwest pear growers predict smaller crop

June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Northwest pear growers are estimating a fresh crop of about 17.6 million boxes for the 2017 season, down 2 percent from last year and down 10 percent from the five-year average.

  • Cherry diseases search

What’s hiding in your orchard?

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

A survey of cherry viruses in Oregon has turned up none that are new to the Pacific Northwest, which is a good thing. However, at least two new viruses, and possibly a third, have been detected in Oregon for the first time — and two of the three could have a significant impact on cherry production if not controlled.