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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

Branching experiment results in more feathers

Treatments with Promalin or MaxCel put more branches on young apple trees.

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Understand key roles of roots

Knowing more about what’s below ground might translate into improved yields and better informed management decisions.

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Six steps to good orchard site preparation

It’s important to prepare your surface soil the right way before planting.

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McFerson applies for WSU director job

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Dr. Jim McFerson, manager of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission for the past 14 years, has applied for the position of director of Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee.

If

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SWD and BMSB pest workshop this month

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A spotted wing drosophila and brown marmorated stinkbug focused seminar will be held in Hood River, Oregon, on April 30, for small, diversified farmers in the Pacific Northwest.

University extension researchers from Oregon State University and

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Wine wastewater permits are coming

Final rules for Washington State wineries expected by next spring.

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Turning pomace into compost

Walla Walla Community College hopes to show wineries how to compost their wine leftovers.

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Beating the competition to help new plantings

In young orchards, good weed control is essential for fast, early growth and high yields.

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Promising pear rootstocks

Researchers study Amelanchier and quince selections as pear rootstocks for Pacific Northwest.

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Demand is strong for Geneva rootstocks

Nurseries and growers have much to learn about the newer ones.

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Pedro Cuevas Jr., Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

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grower / Royal City, Washington
age / 25
crops / Cherries, apples
business / Part owner of Rancho Cuevas orchard and fieldman with CHS Sun Basin
other experience / Graduated Wenatchee Valley College in horticulture

How did you get your

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Earthly endeavors

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A good orchard begins with good earth. And in orchard country, it’s quite a sight to see a new orchard take shape, with young trees planted in vast fields ready to nourish the hopes of

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