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Thwarting a cherry killer

July 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Early research suggests acclimating trees and sending them into early dormancy may help prevent bacterial canker infections.

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Bryant Christie Inc. celebrates 25th anniversary

July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

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Bryant Christie Inc., a company that helps agricultural, food and beverage producers open and expand

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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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Mite threatening honeybees in New York

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

A tiny mite is being blamed for major honeybee losses in New York, threatening the state’s $500 million agriculture industry.

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To KGB or not to KGB?

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Some cherry growers expand, some scale back on labor-friendly Kym Green Bush systems.

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Thinking of changing varieties? These growers have some advice.

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Switch decision: Why is this new apple the right variety for me?

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U.S. congressmen ask for analysis of Polish apples

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Two Republican lawmakers from apple producing states have asked for a full pest and disease risk analysis of fruit imported from Poland, a nation that has not previously met U.S. requirements.

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Gilbert: Farm Bill bears fruit for all

June 6th, 2017|3 Comments

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

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L.A. Times: Trump promised a ‘big beautiful door’ in his border wall. California farmers are ready and waiting

May 25th, 2017|0 Comments

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From the Los Angeles Times:
More than 11,000 foreign guest workers like Betancourt were approved last

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Sugar sours birds on eating valuable cherry crops

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Sweet revenge for bird control

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Sanitation workshops set for May 31, June 1

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association and the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission will host cleaning and sanitation workshops on May 31 in Naches, Washington, and on June 1 in East Wenatchee, Washington.

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Ag groups respond to Trump’s proposed budget

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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Here is an ongoing roundup of responses to President Donald Trump’s federal budget proposal, which

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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.

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Tart cherries growers shake it up in the Northwest – Video

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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Under the canopy, a mechanical claw reaches out to grasp the trunk, clamps and shakes

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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

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WSDA dedicates research greenhouse to study plant viruses

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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The newest research greenhouse in Prosser, Washington, will dramatically expedite and expand the tree fruit

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H-2A expands despite costs

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Even with political questions, legal risks and high costs, growers across the U.S. continue to hire foreign guest workers.

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Modernizing the nursery with machines

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Improvements in machines bring increased adaptation.

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Grower shares family’s succession story

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Planning for the future

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What’s next with FSMA?

May 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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Most regulations tied to passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act won’t take effect until

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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

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Growers, supervisors look to ease immigration concerns

May 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Trying to calm fears among workers.

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Prepare new leaders for success

May 7th, 2017|0 Comments

For best results, coach new crew bosses the ways of management.

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EPA tightens workplace rules

May 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Agency introduces substantial updates to protection standards.

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10 tips for hiring new workers

May 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Put in the work on hiring and entice your best to return

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Wages, worries on the rise

May 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Minimum wage increases in key fruit producing states worry growers, packers.

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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.

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FSMA Water Quality Testing Workshops

April 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Registration for the Washington State FSMA Water Quality Testing Workshops is now open. The Washington State Tree Fruit Association will host two workshops in collaboration with the Western Center for Food Safety (WCFS) from UC Davis, the Northwest Horticultural Council and the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, on May 9 in Yakima and May 11 in Wenatchee.

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Cost falls to renew pear scald chemical

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Pear industry leads the way to renew growers’ access to the scald-controlling chemical.

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Native flora can attract beneficial insects to the vineyards and orchards

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Between rows, think local

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What’s going on down there? Facts about organic matter

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers share knowledge about the underground dynamics of fresh organic matter.

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Let vigor be your guide : Video

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Precision crop load management strategies lower risk and raise fruit quality.

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How to manage weeds and nitrogen in organic orchards

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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

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Grower says bloom thinning by hand gets the results he wants

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Let hands take hold

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I-9 form gets ‘smart’

April 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Updated employment eligibility verification form features electronic tools, new information fields.

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What’s your ideal orchard system?

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Finding the ideal system for your orchards can be trial and error, but luckily, Mike Robinson likes to experiment.

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Fertilizer tips to maximize baby tree growth

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Nourishing new orchards

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New methods to get from bud to bin : Videos

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Tree system architecture for apple orchards a key topic for IFTA speakers, grower tours.

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The latest on FF Robotics’ machine harvester

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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IFTA’s summer field tour in New York last year focused on automation technologies and growers

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Grunenfelder moves to FDA

April 7th, 2017|0 Comments

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Laura Grunenfelder has accepted a new position as a consumer safety officer for the Food

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Pear psylla, just like spider mites, showing resistance to pesticides

April 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Resistance is inevitable

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Where can I get training to be prepared for FSMA?

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Answers to your food safety questions

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Working safely with Fumitoxin in orchards – A grower’s perspective

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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By Sean Gilbert

Gophers and other underground pests can cause significant damage to fruit tree orchards

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Study: Overhead cooling does not appear to impact the survival of E. coli on apples

March 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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As growers prepare to implement new food safety requirements in their orchards, several lingering questions

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Putting your FSMA plans in writing

March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Cornell extension educators help growers write food safety policies.

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FSMA answers: Preparing your facility

March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

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

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Mercer Canyons settles H-2A lawsuit

March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

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A Central Washington farm that grows tree fruit and wine grapes has agreed to pay

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Get the lead, and arsenic, out

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Michigan State survey finds no dangerous levels of the chemicals in samples from state’s cider mills.

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Safe spaces the focus of Ag Safety Awareness week

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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The theme of this year’s Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week is “Get Out of My