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Nick Hammond, Young Grower from The Dalles, Oregon

May 12th, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / The Dalles, Oregon
age / 32
crops / Cherries
business / Foreman for Curtis Orchards
other experience / Works with bush-sized trees based on Australian system and central-leader and steep-leader systems.

How did you get your start?
I started out farming with my parents in our peach orchard. We farmed that until I was

Marcus Morgan, Young Grower from The Dalles, Oregon

March 18th, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / Marcus Morgan, 36, The Dalles, Oregon.  (with Miss Blue)
crops / Cherries
business / Orchard manager for Morgan & Sons Honey Company.
other experience / He has worked the family farm since he was a child. At one point he pursued professional bull riding as a career. Volunteers as an auctioneer

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Leah Eddie, Young Grower from Grandview, Washington

March 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / Grandview, Washington
age / 24
crops / Apples, cherries and juice grapes
business / Fieldman for Apple King. Partner in family run Eddie Farms.
other experience / Graduated from the tree fruit program at Wenatchee Valley College.

How did you get your start?
After college, I worked for Apple King as a fieldman. That

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Calvin Mercer, Young Grower from Alderdale, Washington

February 11th, 2015|3 Comments

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grower / Alderdale, Washington
age / 36
crops / wine grapes
business / Austin Sharp Vineyards
other experience / After graduating from Washington State University, he joined the family cattle business and then switched to co-own and manage a vineyard with his father Rick and cousin Rob Mercer.

What was your background before starting a

Water relief workshops, tips, and USDA aid available for growers

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With temperatures rising and water restrictions starting in Washington and other western states, several announcements to help growers through the coming season are cropping up. Below are a few notices for water related aid, tips,

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Cheerful over cherries

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They’re coming! Those wonderful, succulent, sweet cherries are at this very moment growing on those beautiful trees right along with my anticipation. We all know they’re a fragile fruit to grow and ship, but—at least

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Montana cherry growers save the best till last

For many years, Montana sweet cherries were marketed as the tail end of the Washington State crop, not having much of an identity of their own. But more recently, growers in Montana have worked to project a better image of what they think are better cherries and to get a better price for them.

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New Washington ag director appointed

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Next month Washington State will have a new director of agriculture. Derek Sandison was appointed on May 21 by Governor Jay Inslee to take over for outgoing director Bud Hover  in the middle of June.

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NW Cherry Growers expect crop to drop 15 percent from last year to 19.7 m boxes

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Cherry growers in the Pacific Northwest expect the 2015 crop to fall below the previous season’s record harvest in their Round 2 report.

Northwest Cherry Growers announced their 2015 estimates on May 20, saying the crop

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WSU team taking on cherry disease

Little cherry virus 2 is spread by mealybugs

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Calcium improves cherry quality

Calcium in field sprays and added to cooling water reduced pitting and improved cherry firmness.

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California expects a moderate cherry crop

Maturity was running a week ahead of normal, minimizing any overlap with the Northwest cherry season.

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Why go with Arctic GMO apple?

There are apple varieties that naturally don’t turn brown.

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Nick Hammond, Young Grower from The Dalles, Oregon

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grower / The Dalles, Oregon
age / 32
crops / Cherries
business / Foreman for Curtis Orchards
other experience / Works with bush-sized trees based on Australian system and central-leader and steep-leader systems.

How did you get your start?
I started

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New farm-worker housing opens

The Cashmere, Washington, facility can house 200 people.

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Sharing workers saves costs

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Small growers who can’t justify the high costs of employing foreign guest workers through the H-2A program can reduce the financial burden by sharing workers with other growers.

Growers employing H-2A workers must pay all attorney

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