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  • Cherry diseases search

What’s hiding in your orchard?

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

A survey of cherry viruses in Oregon has turned up none that are new to the Pacific Northwest, which is a good thing. However, at least two new viruses, and possibly a third, have been detected in Oregon for the first time — and two of the three could have a significant impact on cherry production if not controlled.

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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 violently, sending a cascade of bright red cherries onto a conveyor belt.

The scene, so common in Michigan, plays out in Eastern Washington, in the heart of a fruit region used to seeing cherries picked by

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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.

  • 2017 FSMA Water Quality Testing Workshop

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 the latest information, Good Fruit Grower, in cooperation with industry professionals, is presenting an occasional column to answer some of the more frequently asked questions.

What water sampling will FSMA require me to do next year?

The

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Derric Kirschenmann, a young grower from Shafter, California

May 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Derric decided to work alongside his family over a decade ago to grow the business north of Bakersfield.

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Kelsey Twitchell, a young grower from Dryden, Washington

April 20th, 2017|1 Comment

Kelsey’s family farm is nestled in the hills of Washington’s upper Wenatchee Valley, where they grow fresh market pears.

  • International Fruit Tree Association 60th annual conference

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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Together on tour – Gallery

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

2017 IFTA road trips to remember

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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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Which comes first, the trellis or the trees?

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Allan says he prefers to plant the dormant, cut-back sleeping eyes for the V-trellis system

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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 who are utilizing new equipment to save on labor.

And automation is still on everyone’s minds.

At the IFTA conference in Washington in February, two speakers shared updates on apple harvesters currently under development.

Abundant Robotics aims to

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Brett Grobe, a Young Grower from Elyria, Ohio

April 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Brett is a sixth-generation fruit and vegetable grower in northern Ohio near Lake Erie. Grobe Fruit Farm includes about 150 acres of apples for retail and wholesale, as well as a juice facility. He is the son of Allen and Laurie Grobe.
grower / Elyria, Ohio
age / 21
crops

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Staying on top of trends and tastes : Video

April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

For apple growers, domestic and global markets hold promising opportunities if you know what to look for.

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Fighting honeybee decline with instrumental insemination — Video

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

WSU researchers hope to breed better bees

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Lacey Lybeck, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/ Lacey grew up working alongside her family on their farm Hulbert Farms and Skagit Seed Services in La Conner, Washington.
age/27
grower/Pasco, Washington
crops/grapes
business/Vineyard Manager, Sagemoor Vineyards

How did you get your start?
As a recent graduate of Washington State University, I joined Ste. Michelle Wine Estates as an intern and learned from

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Can earwigs be beneficial in some orchards? – Video

March 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Don’t wig out in bug battle: WSU graduate student set to convince growers how earwigs can be beneficial in some orchards.

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Dillon Luebber, a young grower from Malaga, Washington

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Dillon was raised southeast of Wenatchee, Washington, along the Columbia River by Jan and Fern Luebber. He obtained an economics degree with an emphasis in agriculture from Wenatchee Valley College and Washington State University and now works on the family farm and with Stemilt Growers on their

  • Codling moth gene editing

Using genetics to create “a birth control pill” for moths

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Gene-editing research could lead to new control for codling moth

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Corr: Hey, that’s not the Methow Valley!

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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We hear all the time how readers love Good Fruit Grower covers, which showcase the gorgeous scenery of our industry. A few readers don’t grow fruit but subscribe anyway just to collect covers.

We know that feeling. You can find our covers tacked on walls at grower offices, in shops and

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Second day of IFTA conference highlights tree systems, rootstocks and awards

February 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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The second day of the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60 annual conference featured a slew of speakers on topics including rootstocks, tree architecture and orchard netting and the announcement of 2017 award winners.

Three awards were given at the banquet Tuesday evening:

• Jim Mattheis of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural

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Alfredo Jeronimo, a young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

February 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Alfredo grew up working in orchards alongside his father. After starting a family, Alfredo followed his interests in the packing side of the industry and is currently pursuing goals in orchard management.

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Understanding the click pruning technique – Video

February 15th, 2017|2 Comments

Pruning technique puts physiology to work, gets sap flowing to reduce blind wood and manage vigor.

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Is your orchard robot ready? – Video

February 15th, 2017|2 Comments

Industry leaders break out crystal ball to help growers prepare for ‘game changers.’

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Second day of wine grape grower meetings focuses on farming by phenology

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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As a snowstorm raged outside, attendees at the Washington Winegrowers conference in Kennewick, Washington were eager to talk about spring and the arrival of warmer weather during the Wednesday session on Farming by Phenology.

Irrigation, pest and disease control, and even labor management can benefit from paying close attention to the

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Chris Oakes, Young Grower from Lyndonville, New York

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/ Chris is a fourth-generation farmer who works with many of his relatives along Lake Ontario. He’s learned from his grandfather James and father, Darrel, that being active in industry groups and extension agriculture programs has helped them to adopt new growing techniques and to diversify the farm’s crops.
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Compliance countdown: Getting ready for next year’s food safety regulations

January 20th, 2017|0 Comments

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Inspections under the Food Safety Modernization Act are coming to orchards and packing plants in 2018 and, with just a year to go, many facilities still aren’t sure how to demonstrate compliance.

That makes this year key for figuring out what aspects of the regulations apply to your operation as well

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Year after year, the striking images on our covers live on

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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It’s that time of year again when we’ll be visiting your mailbox more often. From now through May, you’ll receive new issues of Good Fruit Grower twice a month.

It’s during this stretch of what we call “double issues” where we deliver the latest research and updates on crucial topics like

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Ariane Stechmann, Young Grower from Hamburg, Germany

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Ariane is the oldest of four siblings who make up the family’s 10th generation of farmers. To help in preparation for future transition of the farm, she earned her horticulture degree, interned with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission (WTFRC), and plans to work with her parents,