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gfg-portraits-tjTJ Mullinax is a digital producer and photojournalist for Good Fruit Grower, coming to the magazine with a newspaper and television broadcast background. Mullinax grew up in the Pacific Northwest and covered communities through the Willamette Valley, Columbia Gorge, and Central Washington, working more than ten years as a professional journalist at KATU television in Portland, Oregon, and the Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper.

Mullinax served as a long-time officer of the National Press Photographers Association, helped found the Northwest Video Workshop, remains active judging photography contests and volunteering for journalism-focused training opportunities. In his spare time Mullinax dabbles with programming, design, illustration, and various multimedia endeavors that help tell stories.

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  • Blueberry varieties

New blueberry varieties may stretch season, refresh slowing market

July 25th, 2017|0 Comments

The blues are changing their tune

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Craig Harris, a young grower from Moxee, Washington

July 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Craig is a fourth-generation farmer who graduated from Whitworth College. He grew

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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.

  • Thomas Chao at the germplasm repository

What you learn from 50 million years of apple genetic history

June 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Apple germplasm repository in Geneva, New York, contains enormous collection of genetic diversity that likely holds fruit’s deep secrets.

  • Alfredo Reyes, young grower from Royal City

Alfredo Reyes, a young grower from Royal City, Washington

June 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Alfredo was born in Mexico and grew up in Wenatchee with four

  • Sunrise Fruit Dried Fruit and Nut Company

Fire leads to new way of cherry drying business

May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

High and dry innovation by California cherry family.

  • Eric Olson, Olson Honey, Sugar, Bees, Research, WSU, Megan Asche,

Sugar sours birds on eating valuable cherry crops

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Sweet revenge for bird control

  • 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.

  • Cherry health

How grower renewed aging block of cherry trees

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

A tale of 17 acres

  • OSU Soils Workshop

Make the most of your mulch – Video

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Pruning wood and mowing weeds can provide extra food for soil organisms that help keep trees healthy.

  • Apple research review

Glade Brosi, young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Glade is originally from Kentucky and joined Stemilt in 2011 with a

  • WSU cherry breeding program

Reconstructing WSU’s sweet breeding program

May 15th, 2017|1 Comment

Changes make the WSU sweet cherry breeding program more efficient and focused to set up its new breeder for success.

  • H-2A spring pruning work

H-2A expands despite costs

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Even with political questions, legal risks and high costs, growers across the U.S. continue to hire foreign guest workers.

  • Greg Costa

Climate change is complicated for grape growers

May 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Wine grape growers share thoughts on how climate changes will impact vineyards.

  • Gennaro Fazio root updake experiment

Searching for the naked truth of soil science

April 21st, 2017|0 Comments

New grant seeks to understand how some rootstocks recruit beneficial soil microbes to boost breeding efforts.

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Kelsey Twitchell, a young grower from Dryden, Washington

April 20th, 2017|1 Comment

Kelsey’s family farm is nestled in the hills of Washington’s upper Wenatchee Valley, where they grow fresh market pears.

  • International Fruit Tree Association 60th annual conference

Let vigor be your guide : Video

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Precision crop load management strategies lower risk and raise fruit quality.

  • International Fruit Tree Association 60th annual conference

Together on tour – Gallery

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

2017 IFTA road trips to remember

  • International Fruit Tree Association 60th annual conference

Which comes first, the trellis or the trees?

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Allan says he prefers to plant the dormant, cut-back sleeping eyes for the V-trellis system

  • International Fruit Tree Association 60th annual conference

New methods to get from bud to bin : Videos

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Tree system architecture for apple orchards a key topic for IFTA speakers, grower tours.

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Brett Grobe, a Young Grower from Elyria, Ohio

April 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Brett is a sixth-generation fruit and vegetable grower in northern Ohio near

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Lacey Lybeck, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/ Lacey grew up working alongside her family on their farm Hulbert Farms and

  • Apple research review

Dillon Luebber, a young grower from Malaga, Washington

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Dillon was raised southeast of Wenatchee, Washington, along the Columbia River by

  • Codling moth gene editing

Using genetics to create “a birth control pill” for moths

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Gene-editing research could lead to new control for codling moth

  • North American Plants nursery

Tissue culture company begins selling plants directly to growers – Video

February 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Culture change: Oregon company looks to reduce wait time for key rootstocks

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First day of IFTA tours focuses on the future

February 21st, 2017|0 Comments

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The first day of orchard tours at the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60th annual conference

  • Alfredo Jeronimo, young grower on December 6, 2016, in Wenatchee, Washington. (TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower)

Alfredo Jeronimo, a young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

February 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Alfredo grew up working in orchards alongside his father. After starting a family, Alfredo followed his interests in the packing side of the industry and is currently pursuing goals in orchard management.

  • Lamont Fruit Farm

Is your orchard robot ready? – Video

February 15th, 2017|2 Comments

Industry leaders break out crystal ball to help growers prepare for ‘game changers.’

  • Chris Oakes, Young Grower

Chris Oakes, Young Grower from Lyndonville, New York

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/ Chris is a fourth-generation farmer who works with many of his relatives along

  • Post-harvest fungicide testing

New postharvest fungicide idea comes from an old place

January 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Natamycin emerges as a possible nontoxic postharvest fungicide.

  • Ariane Stechmann

Ariane Stechmann, Young Grower from Hamburg, Germany

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Ariane is the oldest of four siblings who make up the family’s

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Nick Ferrari, Young Grower from Linden, California

December 30th, 2016|1 Comment

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family background/ Fourth-generation farmer in the San Joaquin Valley. Nick has volunteered with several young

  • Winegrape smoke study at WSU

How does smoke affect wine grapes?

December 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Researcher tests the effects of wildfire smoke on grapes and wine

  • Gizdich Ranch and Martinelli's

Coastal California apple growers hold on through relationship with Martinelli’s

December 28th, 2016|1 Comment

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One hundred years ago, Watsonville, California, was one of the apple leaders of the world,

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Watch this year’s Hort Show video summaries

December 9th, 2016|0 Comments

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  • 112th Annual Meeting and Northwest Hort Expo

WSTFA honors industry leaders at annual meeting

December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Washington State Tree Fruit Association bestowed several awards for service to the industry at

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

December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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Researchers are still working to get the word out to the industry about the requirements

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

December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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Technology and mechanization led the topics for the second day at the Washington State Tree

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Wrapping up day one of the WSTFA annual meeting – Video

December 5th, 2016|0 Comments

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Two words can sum up Monday afternoon’s session of the 112th annual meeting of the

  • Zirkle apple harvest in Mattawa and Gleed

Diversity wins: 2016 Growers of the year

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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

  • Jesus Ramos at Cold Creek Vineyard

Jesus Ramos, Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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family background/ Jesus, son of Javier and Irma Ramos, is the first in his immediate

  • Drone work at Adelsheim Vineyard

Oregon viticulturist tests, uses drone technology — Video

November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Chad Vargas demonstrates his modified DJI Phantom 4 drone from the back of his truck.

  • Matson automated apple cold storage facility

Matson leads industry in automated cold storage technology — Video

November 17th, 2016|0 Comments

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Pallets stand five racks high, cramped, dark and sci-fi eerie. Robotic cranes, guided by lasers

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Ag drone future’s up in the air — Video

November 9th, 2016|1 Comment

Even with recent advancements, drones are not quite ready for optimal use in the tree fruit industry.

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Creators of vacuum harvester aim to have machines ready in 2018

November 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

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A vacuum apple harvester under development by a California company has shown it can see

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The long and tricky path to automated picking — Video

October 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Vacuum picker under development brings the apple industry closer than ever to automating harvest.

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Pierre Paradis, Young Grower from Silverton, Oregon

October 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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family background / Pierre is the son of Peter and Donna Paradis, who were among

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Growers who innovate in the Golden State

October 28th, 2016|0 Comments

California apple growers hang in there and invest with focus on fresh market.

  • Cuyama Valley apples

The solitary orchard

October 25th, 2016|0 Comments

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Byron Albano is one of the southernmost apple growers on the West Coast but has