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The variabilities of Honeycrisp: Good To Know

October 9th, 2017|2 Comments

Research Commission surveys quality, availability of Honeycrisp at retail.

Customers are willing to pay a premium only on high quality, fresh sliced pears

September 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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A premium price
Recently, a willingness-to-pay study has shown that consumers are willing to pay up

Willett: Taking advantage of technology

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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The desire to automate segments of the tree fruit industry isn’t new.

At its formation, as

Cowgill: Improving rootstocks for peaches

July 18th, 2017|1 Comment

By Win Cowgill: After NC-140 research project’s success, new studies hope to do the same with peaches.

Corr: Our mission in Spanish

July 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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As every magazine reader knows, this has been an awful decade for the business of

Hansen: Filling void in weed research at WSU

July 6th, 2017|1 Comment

New WSU faculty member puts emphasis on weed management in Washington vineyards.

Rayapati: Risk of virus problems in field-grafted vineyards

June 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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The increasing demand for grapevines in the Pacific Northwest has many growers turning to field

Gilbert: Farm Bill bears fruit for all

June 6th, 2017|3 Comments

A Good Fruit Grower Good Point by Sean Gilbert, Gilbert Orchards

Pscheidt: How to rate viruses

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

With three-dozen different viruses that can be found on cherry trees, which ones do growers need to worry about?

Thurlby: Looking ahead to the Northwest cherry season

May 19th, 2017|0 Comments

In Washington, we just came through the rainiest March on record, and the view from the window tells me the season has yet to give way to what most of us would call “springtime conditions.”

Food safety answers: What’s in your water? — Videos

May 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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

Piece rate questions remain

May 2nd, 2017|1 Comment

In Carranza v. Dovex, a class of farmworkers is suing their employer seeking separate payment for ‘time spent performing outside of picking work.’ There are reasons for growers to be concerned.

How to manage weeds and nitrogen in organic orchards

April 19th, 2017|1 Comment

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Managing weeds and maintaining nitrogen in organic apple production is an expensive and labor-intensive task.

In

How’s the quality of your water?

April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Research helps to develop guidelines for dealing with salinity, sodicity in the vineyard.

Tips from Trellising 101

March 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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Trellising high-value crops or adding superstructure to existing trellises should not be left to guesswork.

The

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

Moffitt: All pears, all the time

January 7th, 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