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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

Irrigation effects on wine

Deficit irrigation enhances color and fruitiness of wines.

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Honeycrisp is still an enigma

Growers have yet to unlock the horticultural secrets of growing Honeycrisp in a warm climate.

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Bigger crops are coming for cherries

But probably not this year.

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Don Mercer to be inducted into Wine Hall of Fame

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Horse Heaven Hills pioneer Don Mercer will be inducted in the Legend of Washington Hall of Fame in August by the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center.

Don, working with his father, Milt, and brothers Bud

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Another record harvest for wine grapes

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Washington State’s 2014 wine grape harvest was the largest on record and posted the third consecutive year of growth, reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Washington grape growers produced 227,000 tons last year, up 8

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Washington fruit commission representatives reappointed

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Mike Wade of Wenatchee has been reappointed as a representative of the Washington State Fruit Commission on the board of the Northwest Horticultural Council for a one-year period beginning July 1.

The Fruit Commission also reappointed

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Automated pruning with robotics

Robots can follow pruning rules as well as humans, but a key was writing the rules.

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Apple specialist retires

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Leslie Huffman, apple specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, retired March 1.

She joined OMAFRA in 1981 and worked in fruit and vegetable extension and as the weed management specialist for

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Cold Train officers file $41 million lawsuit against BNSF railway

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Two former officers of Cold Train Express Intermodal Service have filed a $41 million lawsuit against Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, alleging they suffered damage after having to shut down the service in August

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Kennewick packer earns certification

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Columbia Fresh Packing, an apple and cherry packer in Kennewick, Washington, has received U.S. Department of Agriculture certification for Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices. The packing house is located at Cherry Ridge Farms

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Good to Know: Maintain good soil structure

Weed mulch plus gypsum keep surface soil soft, permeable, and well-aerated

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New Zealand wind machine is now available in U.S.

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A portable wind machine developed and manufactured in New Zealand is now being distributed in the United States by Chamberlin Agriculture. The machines can be used in orchards for frost protection, evaporative cooling, or drying the

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