2014 Silver Apple Award goes to Jerry Haak

By |November 28th, 2014|

Jerry Haak had a passion for growing fruit and finding better ways to do it. He used cutting-edge techniques not only to increase his yields, but to produce higher quality fruit and use labor more efficiently.

New tree fruit association will expand services

By |November 28th, 2014|

The new Washington Tree Fruit Association plans to expand its services to the industry, says President Jon DeVaney, who will be busy working on legislative affairs in the state capital of Olympia in the coming session.

Growers’ advocate ends 42-year career

By |November 27th, 2014|

During his four decades working at the Washington Growers Clearing House Association, Kirk Mayer saw the Washington apple crop grow from 25 million boxes to 140 million and availability of labor become an increasing concern.

Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

By |November 26th, 2014|

A shift from ladders to illuminated platforms allows pickers to work day or night.

Sean Gilbert, Young Grower from Yakima, Washington

By |November 26th, 2014|

age / 34
crops / Apples, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines and wine grapes
title / General manager
business [...]

Mylar machine moves fast

By |November 26th, 2014|

Antonio Montoya invented a machine that takes most of the labor out of laying a reflective mulch.

A tale of two harvesters

By |November 26th, 2014|

Two ladderless apple harvest machines vie for grower approval. They are now for sale.

Organic fruit attracts customers

By |November 26th, 2014|

Steve Tennes, who operates the Country Mill orchard and farm market at Charlotte, Michigan, became convinced several years ago [...]

Good Point: That unwashed grape

By |November 26th, 2014|

FSMA is another example of how a good idea (here, improved food safety for consumers) is forged into a federal law with little understanding by legislators of the complexities of the actual situation.
  • Agriculture officials from China visit an apple packing line in Yakima, Washington on September 16, 2014. The officials met with Northwest growers and packers regarding export protocol compliance.(Courtesy Bob Bishop, USDA Trade Specialist)
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    Reopening of Chinese apple market is welcome news for growers

Reopening of Chinese apple market is welcome news for growers

By |November 25th, 2014|

Industry grateful as biggest apple crop ever prepares to ship.