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Agency directors from Washington, Oregon, Michigan, and New York give their take on the world of tree fruit. View blog

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Occasional thoughts on the politics and activities of Washington, D.C., as they may have relevance to our tree fruit industry. View blog

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Corr: Hey, that’s not the Methow Valley!

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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We hear all the time how readers love Good Fruit Grower covers, which showcase the

Auvil: Are you ready for automated harvests?

February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

What growers need to know to prepare for implementing robotic harvest technology

Gix: Pear industry unites

February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Industry shares information at Interpera Congress in South Africa, with plans for 10th annual meeting to be held in U.S. for first time.

Woods: Food safety answers

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

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Questions abound about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To keep you abreast of

Strengthening industry partnerships

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

We’re expanding coverage of IFTA to better serve growers.

Hansen: A focus on wine research

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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As the first year of the Washington wine industry’s amplified research program is now behind

Hanrahan: Food safety questions and answers

January 20th, 2017|0 Comments

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Questions abound about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To keep you abreast of

Year after year, the striking images on our covers live on

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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It’s that time of year again when we’ll be visiting your mailbox more often. From

Moffitt: All pears, all the time

January 13th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Pear Bureau is celebrating 85 years of promoting the beautiful and delicious pears nurtured

Corr: Training leaders for the next generation

January 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

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Later this month, a group of students will head through the cold and darkness to

Robert: More cider apples are needed to meet soaring demand

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Why should anyone bother growing cider fruit?

Let’s start with what cider fruit is.

There are more

Hansen: Vineyard mechanization – Is grape quality impacted?

December 14th, 2016|3 Comments

New research has the potential to save wine grape growers millions in labor costs.

Sazo: Recruiting – and keeping – workers

December 12th, 2016|0 Comments

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Even as growers plant high-density orchards that require significant labor to maintain, many still lack

Tree fruit technology roadmap : Hort Show Preview

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

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“Continuous Change,” the theme of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association 112th Annual Meeting, is

Scharlau: Advocacy – slow, incremental, and over time

November 4th, 2016|0 Comments

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It seems we are the victims of our own inaction. This month we will vote

DeVaney: Continuous improvement

October 31st, 2016|1 Comment

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The 2016 Washington State Tree Fruit Association Annual Meeting and Hort Expo—the “Hort Show”—is fast

Bush: New tool in detecting BMSB

October 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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Researchers from Washington State University, the Washington State Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department

Corr: Hitting the winter road

October 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

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As employees of a grower-owned, nonprofit publication, the staff at Good Fruit Grower manages resources

Dhingra: The age of the pear

September 14th, 2016|2 Comments

The pear industry has unlimited potential and is ripe for a revolution

Johnson: A memorable cover

September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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Artist Cheryll Root first saw Good Fruit Grower on the coffee table of her mother-in-law’s

New tools to determine fruit quality parameters

August 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Several devices and methods to measure fruit quality have been introduced to the market — here’s a look at what they do.

Woods: Getting ready for FSMA

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

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Even as retailers continue to up the ante by adding more restrictive food safety requirements

Hansen: Certified plants are only the first step

August 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Growers need to monitor for virus in early years of a “clean” vineyard.

Dininny: How FSMA impacts you

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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Food safety.

Perhaps no two words have frustrated U.S. fruit growers more — growers who believe

Corr: Foxtrot dances its way onto the apple scene

June 20th, 2016|1 Comment

Grower Rob Wyles thinks he has a winner.

Hansen: Research leads to better control for grape disease

May 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Saved fungicide sprays for powdery mildew keep $2 million-plus in grape growers’ pockets.

Ferguson: Renewed focus on little cherry disease

May 23rd, 2016|2 Comments

Research underway to study leafhopper vectors of Western X.

Thurlby: Hot for cherries

May 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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After record-setting heat in 2015, cherry growers look to new year.

Another Northwest cherry season is

DeVaney: Moving forward on FSMA

May 4th, 2016|0 Comments

A Good Point by Jon DeVaney, WSTFA president

Wade: Free trade should include fair trade

April 19th, 2016|0 Comments

A Good Fruit Grower good point by Mike Wade, USApple chairman

Hansen: Test for nutrients before spending big money

April 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Wine industry funded research can save growers money and lead to healthier vineyard soils.

Allen: My thanks to growers supporting food safety research

March 17th, 2016|0 Comments

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“One bad apple will spoil the barrel” is almost as familiar as the saying “an

Hansen: Wine grapes — An IPM success story

March 1st, 2016|3 Comments

Integrated pest management research has saved Washington’s wine grape growers millions in pesticide costs.

WSU Tree Fruit Endowment has world-class goal

February 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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Thirty-two million dollars for enhanced tree fruit research and extension.

In 2013, Washington fruit growers finalized

On the cover: Sunset, sunrise

February 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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When it’s harvest time, as many of you well know, there just doesn’t seem to

Corr: We partner to serve growers

February 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Any organization with a need for getting horticultural information to growers should think of us.

Hansen: Building a world-class wine research program

January 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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It’s a new era for viticulture and enology research in Washington.

Washington’s wine industry has started

Morrison: Lessons in leadership

January 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation (AgForestry) is a leadership development program for adults

Benefits of the TPP

December 28th, 2015|2 Comments

Eliminating tariff rates on tree fruit is a trade policy objective of the Northwest Horticultural Council. TPP furthers this objective.

Warner: The never-ending story list

December 21st, 2015|2 Comments

Since joining the Good Fruit Grower staff, I’ve probably written close to 3,000 articles and my colleagues thousands more.

Johnson: A look back at our covers for 2015

December 16th, 2015|0 Comments

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With Pacific Northwest orchards now well settled into their winter nap, their branches bare as

Corr: Watch for the 2015 Grower of the Year in our December issue

November 9th, 2015|0 Comments

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We’re pretty excited about the December issue we are preparing right now, especially coverage of

Food safety issues challenge industry

October 6th, 2015|0 Comments

Growers and packers are adapting to the new requirements.

Schlect: On the red carpet with President Xi

September 28th, 2015|0 Comments

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Last Tuesday morning I was present as member of the welcoming committee for the official

Working in “Pearadise”

September 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

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An email popped into my inbox a few days ago. Simple and sweet, it read:

As legacy ends, another begins

September 17th, 2015|2 Comments

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In England, the Yorkshire city of Huddersfield can be found near the confluence of the

Should you pay for travel time?

September 14th, 2015|0 Comments

Travel time is not normally compensable, but there are exceptions.

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

Picking time

August 19th, 2015|0 Comments

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The incredible, intricate sequence that takes the harvest from picker to packer has begun once

Thurlby: The 2015 Northwest cherry season by the numbers

August 6th, 2015|0 Comments

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Here we are in the first week of August and the 2015 Northwest Cherry season