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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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Mullinax: Are you ready for liftoff?

February 25th, 2018|0 Comments

A few things to consider before launching an ag drone initiative.

  • Tony Guisto, a young grower from Hood River

Tony Guisto, a young grower from Hood River, Oregon

February 24th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/Tony grew up in a logging family in Oregon’s Hood River Valley, headed by

  • Birdhurst Orchard

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

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Taking the fight to fire blight

February 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Risk is higher in Washington this season for deadly orchard disease. Here’s what you need to do.

  • Mustard seed meal trial

Researchers are rethinking replant

February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Field trials underway to see if biological alternatives to fumigation can be a practical option for apple growers

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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.

  • TrellX v-trellis system trial

No-dig trellis is on solid ground

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Agricultural engineer uses steel posts and concrete footings for above-ground trellis system.

  • 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.

  • Helios Nursery

The good and bad of different rootstocks

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Nursery owner warns growers it’s not as simple as asking which rootstock is the best.

  • Nematicide study

On the hunt for nematodes

February 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington researchers launch big-picture project to figure out how best to protect vineyards against root parasites.

  • Oliver May, a young grower from Alderdale, Washington

Oliver May, a young grower from Alderdale, Washington

February 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/ Oliver started farming at age 27 with his parents, Milo and Kay May,

  • WSU cherry cracking trials

Researchers discover a coat of armor for cherries

January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

A thin film of gum acacia shows promise to prevent splitting in packing house trials.

  • John Grubb, a young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

John Grubb, a young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

January 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/ John is a fourth-generation cherry grower who pursued degrees in sustainable agriculture, integrated

  • International cargo cherry deliveries

All aboard the cherry express

January 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Airborne exports through Sea-Tac help make up for tough domestic year for sweet cherries.

  • Young grower Conner Sullivan

Conner Sullivan, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

January 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Conner along with his cousin Clint Sullivan started their business after growing

  • apple crop load sensing equipment

Computer vision systems can count apples and provide a new perspective on crop load

December 30th, 2017|0 Comments

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To the casual observer, the row after row of ripe, red apples on trellises looks

  • Clean Plant Center Northwest

For plants, it’s not easy being clean

December 26th, 2017|0 Comments

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Starting a new orchard or vineyard with clean plants is the best way for growers

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Watch the 2017 Hort Show video summaries

December 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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Anticipation and Flexibility: Day 1, Hort Show morning wrap

December 4th, 2017|0 Comments

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Plan ahead, but stay nimble, Michael Swanson, an agricultural economist with Wells Fargo, told several

  • Young grower Anel Dorantes

Anel Dorantes, a young grower from Tieton, Washington

December 4th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Anel grew up on her father’s farm with five younger brothers and

  • Mike Omeg, Grower of the Year

An Oregon trailblazer: 2017 Grower of the year

November 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Curiosity, sharing and innovation drive Mike Omeg, a fifth-generation cherry grower.

  • OSU Soils Workshop

A grower with industry influence: 2017 Grower of the year

November 30th, 2017|1 Comment

Grower of the Year Mike Omeg has an impressive list of industry contributions and accomplishments.

  • Mike Omeg, Grower of the Year

Omeginsanity — ‘I was a little bit shocked’: 2017 Grower of the year

November 30th, 2017|0 Comments

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Mike Omeg does not know who started the jokes about his massive new trellises, but

  • Tamara Cherry Variety

Big hopes for a big cherry

November 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Large-growing Tamara showing early promise, but it’ll be a few seasons before the verdict is in.

  • James Bukovinsky, a young grower

James Bukovinsky, a young grower working in Benton City, Washington

November 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / James grew up in Woodinville, Washington, and earned an environmental science degree

  • New Tapteil vineyard

Making good in the Badlands of Washington

October 27th, 2017|4 Comments

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

  • 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

  • Devon Wade, young grower

Devon Wade, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon

October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / After serving several tours overseas in the U.S. Army, Devon joined his

  • Interpera 10th World Pear Conference

Packers improve, impress with pears

September 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Wenatchee pear packers show Interpera group new technology on their lines.

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Tarrah Te Velde, a young grower from Cashmere, Washington

September 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/Tarrah works with her mother Michelle Te Velde on their family pear orchard that

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The Endicott Tree: National treasure hedged in by time and development

August 31st, 2017|2 Comments

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Hidden from view, down an embankment in an unremarkable business park north of Boston stands

  • Geneva 935 rootstock inoculation trials

Researchers put virus theory to trial in G.935 decline

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Pathogen probe

  • Drone flights over orchards

Allan Bros. paces innovation

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Longtime Washington fruit company leads the way with development of new technologies, including collaboration on vacuum picker.

  • Apple disorders

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.

  • Interpera 10th World Pear Conference

Overcoming the pear plateau: Interpera 2017 – Video

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Growers gather to share ideas to increase production, which has been flat for the past 10 years around most of the world.

  • Tim Akita

Tim Akita, a young grower from Dallesport, Washington

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Tim is a fourth-generation farmer who works both as a chiropractor in The Dalles, Oregon, and runs the family farm that his great-grandfather, Nobuhei Akita, started in 1931.

  • 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.