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Khot: Drone data for agriculture

February 25th, 2018|0 Comments

While it seems the sky’s the limit, using unmanned aircraft in your orchard requires some caution.

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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.

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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

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WSU hires new food safety specialist

February 14th, 2018|0 Comments

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Faith Critzer, an experienced food safety extension specialist, joined Washington State University in January. She

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GMO Arctic Fuji apple passes another approval milestone

January 30th, 2018|2 Comments

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Okanagan Specialty Fruits, maker of the genetically-modified, non browning Arctic announced today their GMO Arctic

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The ripe way for pears in postharvest

January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Specialist Rob Blakey makes industrywide recommendations for postharvest pear ripening.

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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.

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Report: Mexican workers accuse blueberry farm of threats, intimidation

January 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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The Seattle Times reports that a lawsuit against a major blueberry grower and recruiting company

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Finding success the cooperative way

January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

The fewer grower cooperatives packing fruit in the industry today still play crucial role.

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Midsize growers will feel the squeeze

January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Tree fruit industry poised for consolidation, banker says.

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Going green with reds and whites

January 17th, 2018|1 Comment

Will the investment in eco-certification for your vineyard pay off? It depends.

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Registration opens for February pesticide handlers course

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

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Workers who need to renew or obtain their pesticide handlers license in Washington state can

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Want to get in on organics?

January 9th, 2018|2 Comments

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Transitioning tree fruit to organic production was the focus of a Washington State University NextGen

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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

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Bankers share financial tips for growers

January 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

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Any grower can walk through an orchard, pointing out all his or her decisions to

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Kurrle: USApple works for growers

January 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Trade agreements, farm bill likely targets for 2018.

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Bryant: Troubling signs on trade

January 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

With talk of tariffs and ending NAFTA, the apple industry must use defense, data and offense to protect exports.

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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

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Yes, your spray nozzles need to be replaced on a regular basis.

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Nozzle nagging

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Insurance beyond apples

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

A proposed tree policy could protect the investment in today’s orchards.

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Verification program lets growers show off their stewardship

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

A good sign for growers

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“They are there to find something wrong with you.”

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

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The New York Times paid a visit to a New York apple farm and described

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Northwest Horticultural Council adds technical issues manager

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

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Anne Morrell has joined the Northwest Horticultural Council as its technical issues manager.

Morrell, who holds

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Wine Institute praises excise tax relief in new tax bill

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

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California’s Wine Institute celebrated passage of new tax legislation, saying it provided the first reduction

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Protecting intellectual property

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Managers of new Washington State University-bred apple variety use high-tech software to protect intellectual property rights.

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Feds extending FSMA sampling deadlines

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Water sampling rules will now start in 2022, rather than 2018.

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Register for the 75th annual Cherry Institute

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

The 75th annual Cherry Institute is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 12 at the Yakima Convention Center in central Washington. Also, nominations are wanted for marketing committees

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DeVaney: Expectations from Olympia

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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The political landscape may change in unknown ways in the Washington state capital in 2018,

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Hive hauling worries

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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The federal government has granted truckers who haul live animals, including honeybees destined for tree

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Watch the 2017 Hort Show video summaries

December 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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GLExpo Day 3 wrap: using plant growth regulators for flowering, fruit set, and other aspects of physiology

December 7th, 2017|0 Comments

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Things were a little quieter on the final day of the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable

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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.

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Bee haulers get delay in complying with new federal rules

November 28th, 2017|0 Comments

The federal government has granted truckers who haul live animals, including honeybees destined for tree fruit pollination duty, a 90-day reprieve from enforcement of electronic logging device requirements.

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Motivation, worker protection among topics for Spanish sessions: Annual Meeting Preview

November 28th, 2017|0 Comments

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A motivational speech and details about updated federal Worker Protection Standards are among topics slated

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It’s convention time: Annual Meeting Preview

November 27th, 2017|0 Comments

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Anyone involved in agriculture knows that success is only possible with planning and preparation, combined

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Avoiding the pitfalls: Expo 2017 Preview

November 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Managing relationships is an important key to family farms: Great Lakes Farm Market EXPO

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California Supreme Court rules against farm owners

November 27th, 2017|0 Comments

From the Los Angeles Times: "California’s highest court decided unanimously Monday that farmers may have a labor contract imposed on them if negotiations with a union fail to produce an agreement."

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Washington growers should prepare for sick leave requirements to take effect

November 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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Starting Jan. 1, Washington growers will have to start providing paid sick leave for all

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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

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Apple pesticide study results released

October 27th, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has released the results of its 2017 study of apple pesticide residue.

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Scouting strategies

October 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Your vineyard scouts probably aren’t sampling nearly as randomly as you think they are.

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Organic apple production remains complicated in the Northeastern U.S.

October 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Organic apple production remains complicated in the Northeastern U.S., but one grower has figured out how to make a profit on processing apples.

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Organics programs need all voices

October 25th, 2017|0 Comments

A sticky situation: Industry is urging growers to get involved with standards board.

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Produce Safety training courses set for Wenatchee

October 11th, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association will hold Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training courses on Oct. 24 and 25 in Wenatchee, Washington.

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Mid-Columbia CORE pesticide training set

October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Mid-Columbia CORE pesticide training is scheduled for Dec. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will be held in the Columbia Gorge Community College Lecture Hall, Building 2 in The Dalles.

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House bill would revamp H-2A program

October 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Northwest tree fruit industry groups tentatively praised Monday’s effort by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, to revamp the nation’s agricultural guest worker program.

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Following the high-density leaders – 2017 IFTA

October 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Michigan’s early adopters of high-density systems share tips for multiple leaders and cropping techniques.

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The global fire blight fight

September 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Belgian researchers at pcfruit are examining biocontrols and detection methods for fire blight.

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Growers in pursuit of precision agriculture

September 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers and growers in New York aim to push high-density orchards to peak performance.

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Justices hear arguments on farmworker piece-rate wages

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Washington State Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments Sept. 14 at the Temple of Justice in Olympia on the question of whether employers should be mandated to pay their piece-rate workers a separate hourly rate for work not directly connected to production, such as training or waiting for equipment.