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  • Wafler Huron Fruit System

The tech advantage of digital oversight – Video

September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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Wafler Farms wanted to do more than just mechanize tasks on the farm.

Paul Wafler also wanted to be able to monitor the progress and location of the farm’s own Huron Fruit Systems platform in the orchard, as well as track yields and worker performance.

He wants the orchards running like a

  • Jared Gidley, young grower

Jared Gidley, Young Grower from Parkdale, Oregon

September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Jared is a first-generation farmer who worked several orchard jobs growing up in Parkdale, Oregon.

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Orchard innovators: Practices should change with mechanization

September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Learning Wafler Farms’ tall spindle tipped (TST) system.

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Mechanization is rolling along — Video

August 31st, 2016|0 Comments

Innovative New York growers find success with platforms and more.

  • New Blue Bird Wenatchee cherry lines open

Bouncing back bigger and better

August 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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Eleven months to the day after a wildfire destroyed a packing house in central Washington, one of the Northwest’s oldest grower cooperatives reopened to cherry packing there with a new line that is bigger and more sophisticated than the one it lost.

That speaks to the speed at which new technologies

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Promising progress for solid-set delivery

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

MSU research team improves system to reduce chemical waste.

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Devon Newhouse, Young Grower from Sunnyside, Washington

July 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Devon’s family started out raising cattle in the Yakima Valley, then moved into hops, tree fruit and grapes.

  • Black stem borer traps

Bearing down on black stem borers – VIDEO

July 29th, 2016|1 Comment

New York researchers working to stop one of the newest apple pests.

  • Peach thinning devices

Reinventing the string thinner (Video)

July 7th, 2016|0 Comments

California cling peach grower modifies Darwin for nonplanar orchards.

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James Claar Whitelatch, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

July 6th, 2016|0 Comments

James manages the wine grape crops on the family’s estate in the White Bluffs region of central Washington. He works alongside his brother John, and parents, Bob and Crista Whitelatch.

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Minnesota’s dry, cold-hardy white

June 27th, 2016|0 Comments

New white wine grape variety shows resistance to downy, powdery mildew, phylloxera.

  • Neil Garrison, a young grower from Sunnyside, Washington

Neil Garrison, a young grower from Sunnyside, Washington

May 19th, 2016|2 Comments

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family background / Neil studied business and worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and maritime companies around the nation before returning to join his father, Tom Garrison, on the family farm about eight years ago.

grower / Sunnyside, Washington
age / 32
crops / Cherries, wine and juice grapes, row

  • State of California cherries

Cherry optimism

May 13th, 2016|0 Comments

California cherry growing conditions are tough, but growers are tougher.

  • Spray application training

A spray-plus education (Video)

April 29th, 2016|1 Comment

Farm worker teaching team leads the nation in preparing workers for safe use of pesticides.

  • Eladio Gonzalez

Eladio Gonzalez, a young grower from Selah, Washington

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Eladio, a second-generation farmer from the upper Yakima Valley, worked alongside his father, Miguel Gonzalez, in orchards and now manages several test orchards in Naches, Washington.

  • Nick MacKay, Young Grower

Nick Mackay, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

After originally pursuing a degree in history and law, Nick pursued a more hands-on career through Washington State University’s viticulture program.

  • Mike McLaren, Young Grower

Mike McLaren, a young grower from Salem, Oregon

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Mike is a first-generation grower who pursued a degree in winemaking before getting his start working in wine sales, distribution and learning to make wine at Corliss Estates

  • Joe Brandt

Joe Brandt, a young grower from Wapato, Washington

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Joe returned to the 1,500-acre family farm after working in finance and manages domestic and export sales and marketing for the company.

  • Ryan Bond, young grower

Ryan Bond, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Ryan is a second-generation grower managing about 800 acres, primarily consisting of cherry and pear trees in The Dalles and south through Dufur into the Tygh Valley.

  • Mechanical hedger

Keeping limbs in line with mechanical pruning – (video)

April 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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While not exactly new anywhere, mechanical hedging is seeing a youthful surge on both sides of the U.S. as a way for fruit growers to improve fruit quality and produce a more consistent product.

Indeed, hedgers also reduce labor costs, but more importantly, they may improve canopy management, boost yields and

  • Bee hive health

6 tips for healthier bees

March 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Beekeeper offers tips for healthy bees, hearty pollination.

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Roger Hudson, a young grower from Sanger, California

February 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Roger is a sixth-generation grower of about 180 acres of tree fruit.

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Questions about little cherry infections

February 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers studying little cherry disease try to predict percentage of positive trees that show no symptoms.

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Oregon cherry recovery

February 12th, 2016|0 Comments

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Oregon cherry growers will continue to recover from a 2014 freeze by pruning to encourage healthy lower-branch structure in their orchards while balancing their need for fruit development.

“Now it’s just back to managing those canopies,” said Dr. Todd Einhorn, research horticulturist at Oregon State University in Hood River.

Einhorn and Gipp

  • Catherine Kiyokawa from Parkdale, Oregon

Catherine Kiyokawa, a Young Grower from Parkdale, Oregon

January 29th, 2016|2 Comments

Catherine is a fourth-generation farmer. Her grandfather, Mamoru Kiyokawa, started growing tree fruit on the farm. Catherine works closely with her father, Randy, and older brother Cameron.

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Stinkbug continues its spread

December 7th, 2015|3 Comments

Northwest growers should be on the lookout for brown marmorated stinkbug

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Fruitful fortitude: 2015 Grower of the Year

December 1st, 2015|1 Comment

After taking over the farm at 25, Brenton Roy grew a solid reputation one crop at a time.

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After the Washington fires

November 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Packers work with insurers to recover from two wildfires that struck central Washington.

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New grape harvester leaves MOG in the field

November 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Selective mechanical harvesters help improve wine quality by delivering cleaner fruit to wineries.

  • Young Grower Brett Valicoff

Brett Valicoff, a Young Grower from Wapato, Washington

September 30th, 2015|1 Comment

Brett Valicoff is a fourth-generation grower who returned to the farm to help plan and build a modern apple packing line in Wapato, Washington.