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IFTA summer tour highlights gear to help fruit beat the heat

July 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

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The 2015 IFTA summer tour provided an intense learning environment for growers and researchers who took part in the the three day event in eastern Washington on July 15-17. Nearly 200 people loaded up on buses traveling over 900 miles to learn about sun protection, Honeycrisp growing techniques and tips

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Images show Lake Shasta’s drop; highlights California drought

June 26th, 2015|0 Comments

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NASA’s Earth Observatory website released two images this week comparing Lake Shasta’s decline over a nine year period illustrating how drought conditions are impacting the western United States.

By using the slider below, you can see the change in water level photographed by the Terra earth facing observation satellite in September

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Apple varieties from A to Z

June 8th, 2015|0 Comments

Sink your teeth into this alphabet of apples

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Industry celebrates WSU’s wine science center

June 1st, 2015|0 Comments

World-class research and teaching facility elevates Washington in the wine world.

Family farm puts flavor first

Family Tree Farms sources new stone fruit varieties from around the world.

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IFTA summer tour highlights gear to help fruit beat the heat

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The 2015 IFTA summer tour provided an intense learning environment for growers and researchers who took part in the the three day event in eastern Washington on July 15-17. Nearly 200 people loaded up on

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Digging back into peach history

The Chinese were clonally propagating peach trees at least 7,000 years ago.

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Peaches in Florida

Citrus growers are diversifying into peaches.

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Tips to work with rest break ruling

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Following the Washington Supreme Court’s July 16 ruling on Demetrio v. Sakuma, growers in the state are required to pay for rest breaks to piece rate workers immediately. Below are tips and recommendations on how

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WA Supreme Court: Pay farm workers for rest breaks

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The Washington Supreme Court today ruled that piece-rate workers must be paid separately for rest breaks.

The Yakima Herald Reports:
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Piece-rate farm workers must be paid separately for rest breaks, the state Supreme Court

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We’re on the road with IFTA’s Regional Tour in WA State

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Good Fruit Grower has a team covering the International Fruit Tree Association’s 2015 Regional Summer Tour in Washington State.

We’ll have forthcoming reports on our web site and in our print magazine. You can catch live

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In The Box: Arctic answers

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Dear Good Fruit Grower,

We’d like to address a few points raised by Mike Willett of the Northwest Horticultural Council in his opinion piece about Arctic apples (“Why go Arctic?” Good Fruit Grower, May 15, 2015).

First,

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California cling peach growers plant more trees as prices improve

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Stronger prices for cling peaches seem to have prompted California growers to plant more trees, which should slow the industry’s long-term slide in acreage.

The rising price was triggered by long-term falling production as growers turned

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What is SnapDragon?

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New York apple breeder Dr. Susan Brown answered questions about SnapDragon (NY 1) in the latest RosBREED newsletter:

What is the pedigree of SnapDragon?

SnapDragon is a cross of Honeycrisp and a New York advanced selection whose

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Michigan peach crop is short again

Second hard winter reduces Michigan peach crop, kills some trees

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Cornell hosts fruit tour for Spanish-speaking employees

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Cornell University extension’s Lake Ontario Fruit Team is organizing its first-ever summer tour for Spanish-speaking employees. It will be held in Orleans Country the afternoon of Saturday, August 1.

At each of five tour stops, participants

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