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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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Devon Newhouse, Young Grower from Sunnyside, Washington

July 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Devon’s family started out raising cattle in the Yakima Valley, then moved into hops, tree fruit and grapes.

  • California apricot family: The Bays

Growers lay out future of family farm with succession plan

July 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Generations to follow

  • Irrigation water testing training

Simple steps for water sampling

July 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers are educating packing house operators and growers about proper water sampling methods in orchards and vineyards.

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Water sampling 101

July 13th, 2016|1 Comment

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In a recent interview with Good Fruit Grower, UC-Davis researchers Melissa Partyka, Ronald Bond and

  • Peach thinning devices

Reinventing the string thinner (Video)

July 7th, 2016|0 Comments

California cling peach grower modifies Darwin for nonplanar orchards.

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James Claar Whitelatch, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

July 6th, 2016|0 Comments

James manages the wine grape crops on the family’s estate in the White Bluffs region of central Washington. He works alongside his brother John, and parents, Bob and Crista Whitelatch.

  • MSU cherry trials in Washington

Breeding better rootstocks

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Michigan State pursues patents for improved cherry rootstocks using plantings in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Suzanne Niemann, young grower

Suzanne Niemann, a young grower from Yakima, Washington

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

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family background / Suzanne’s love of agriculture grew out of her interest in the sciences.

  • SWD resarch at UC Davis

Beakers and breakthroughs in SWD research

May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

California research into spotted wing drosophila sounds like science fiction.

  • Neil Garrison, a young grower from Sunnyside, Washington

Neil Garrison, a young grower from Sunnyside, Washington

May 19th, 2016|1 Comment

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family background / Neil studied business and worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

  • State of California cherries

Cherry optimism

May 13th, 2016|0 Comments

California cherry growing conditions are tough, but growers are tougher.

  • Paul Bavaro

Paul Bavaro, a young grower from Escalon, California

April 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Paul is a fourth-generation peach grower who’s been working with his father, Frank, on mechanization trials to help reduce labor costs and improve fruit quality.

  • Spray application training

A spray-plus education (Video)

April 29th, 2016|1 Comment

Farm worker teaching team leads the nation in preparing workers for safe use of pesticides.

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Wine grape growers weigh in on Cabernet Sauvignon clones

April 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Clonal choices

  • Eladio Gonzalez

Eladio Gonzalez, a young grower from Selah, Washington

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Eladio, a second-generation farmer from the upper Yakima Valley, worked alongside his father, Miguel Gonzalez, in orchards and now manages several test orchards in Naches, Washington.

  • Nick MacKay, Young Grower

Nick Mackay, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

After originally pursuing a degree in history and law, Nick pursued a more hands-on career through Washington State University’s viticulture program.

  • Mike McLaren, Young Grower

Mike McLaren, a young grower from Salem, Oregon

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Mike is a first-generation grower who pursued a degree in winemaking before getting his start working in wine sales, distribution and learning to make wine at Corliss Estates

  • Joe Brandt

Joe Brandt, a young grower from Wapato, Washington

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Joe returned to the 1,500-acre family farm after working in finance and manages domestic and export sales and marketing for the company.

  • Ryan Bond, young grower

Ryan Bond, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Ryan is a second-generation grower managing about 800 acres, primarily consisting of cherry and pear trees in The Dalles and south through Dufur into the Tygh Valley.

  • Orchard soil preperation

Planting frenzy

April 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Properly preparing the soil can help new plantings thrive.

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Keeping limbs in line with mechanical pruning – (video)

April 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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While not exactly new anywhere, mechanical hedging is seeing a youthful surge on both sides

  • 2015 Mechanical pollination trials

No bees, but a lot of buzz about artificial pollination (video)

March 25th, 2016|2 Comments

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Pollination comes with problems. Bloom dates don’t overlap, honeybee colonies fail, weather doesn’t cooperate. The

  • Bee hive health

6 tips for healthier bees

March 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Beekeeper offers tips for healthy bees, hearty pollination.

  • Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers 2016

Finding cold damage

March 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Recognizing the signs of cold damage in grapevines is critical for growers in northern regions.

  • Codling moth larve

Pests in the heat

March 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Last year’s hot growing season gave researchers ideal opportunity to take a closer look at codling moth and obliquebanded leafroller.

  • Apple rot research

Getting to the rot of the problem

February 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers study how best to prevent spread of disease from Manchurian crab apple pollinizers.

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Roger Hudson, a young grower from Sanger, California

February 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Roger is a sixth-generation grower of about 180 acres of tree fruit.

  • Sierra Williams

Sierra Williams, a Young Grower from Cedaredge, Colorado

February 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Sierra, a fifth-generation tree fruit grower, is one of three siblings and is the daughter of Dan and Connie Williams.

  • Rootstock field day and fireblight resistance

Fire blight central

February 19th, 2016|1 Comment

A research plot near Wapato, Washington, has become a test bed for fire blight.

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Oregon cherry recovery

February 12th, 2016|0 Comments

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Oregon cherry growers will continue to recover from a 2014 freeze by pruning to encourage

  • Greg Livengood, Ciatti Co. Global grape broker, leads off the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers state of the industry session on Wednesday, January 10, 2016 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Washington. <b>(TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower)</b>

U.S. wine export market ripe for growth

February 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Wine grape growers' state of industry panels highlight positive market trends.

  • Washington IFTA 2015

Some like the biggest trees

February 9th, 2016|0 Comments

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There’s more than one way to plant a modern, highly productive orchard. While some growers

  • Catherine Kiyokawa from Parkdale, Oregon

Catherine Kiyokawa, a Young Grower from Parkdale, Oregon

January 29th, 2016|2 Comments

Catherine is a fourth-generation farmer. Her grandfather, Mamoru Kiyokawa, started growing tree fruit on the farm. Catherine works closely with her father, Randy, and older brother Cameron.

  • Del Feigal, 2015 Silver Apple Award winner

Innovation and inspiration: 2015 Silver Apple Award

January 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Del Feigal’s talents in the orchard are a valuable resource for other growers.

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Nick Plath, a young grower from George, Washington

December 30th, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / George, Washington
age / 26
crops / Apples, cherries, and wine grapes
business / Washington Fruit

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Stinkbug continues its spread

December 7th, 2015|3 Comments

Northwest growers should be on the lookout for brown marmorated stinkbug

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Fruitful fortitude: 2015 Grower of the Year

December 1st, 2015|1 Comment

After taking over the farm at 25, Brenton Roy grew a solid reputation one crop at a time.

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New ways of doing business: 2015 Grower of the Year

December 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Oasis Farms settles on V-trellis with arches, makes move to Geneva.

  • Chelan complex fire aftermath

Help to salvage burned land

November 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Safety net programs are available to aid growers in wildfire disasters.

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After the Washington fires

November 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Packers work with insurers to recover from two wildfires that struck central Washington.

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New grape harvester leaves MOG in the field

November 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Selective mechanical harvesters help improve wine quality by delivering cleaner fruit to wineries.

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Jake Robison, a Young Grower from Chelan, Washington

October 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Jake is a fourth generation farmer who grows tree fruit on 120 acres. He’s the son of Dave and Karla Robison and nephew to Allen Robison.

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Brett Valicoff, a Young Grower from Wapato, Washington

September 30th, 2015|1 Comment

Brett Valicoff is a fourth-generation grower who returned to the farm to help plan and build a modern apple packing line in Wapato, Washington.

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Selling lesser-known wines

September 10th, 2015|0 Comments

Wines of lesser-known varieties can be profitable if marketed creatively.

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Success with fresh sliced pears and peaches

September 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

A Fresno-based, California company is one of the first to bring fresh-cut pears and stone fruit to the retail market.

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Andy Smith, a Young Grower from Poplar Grove, Illinois

September 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Andy Smith, from Edwards Apple Orchard, talks with Good Fruit Grower about how his family grew the business from a small farm market to one of the most popular farm destinations in the Midwest.

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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

  • Jim Baird and the Cloudview Ecofarms

Ecofarm raises food awareness

August 7th, 2015|0 Comments

People want to know where their food comes from and how it’s grown, says Washington grower Jim Baird.

  • Young Grower Manuel Martinez Jr.

Manuel Martinez Jr., a Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

August 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

Four months out of Wenatchee Valley College, Manuel talks with Good Fruit Grower about why he pursued a career in farming and orchard management.

  • Family Tree Farms

Family farm puts flavor first

July 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Family Tree Farms sources new stone fruit varieties from around the world.