Northwest pear growers predict smaller crop

By |June 1st, 2017|

Northwest pear growers are estimating a fresh crop of about 17.6 million boxes for the 2017 season, down 2 percent from last year and down 10 percent from the five-year average.

A Long goodbye for Oregon horticulturalist

By |June 1st, 2017|

Thursday’s preharvest cherry tour, held every year in the Columbia Gorge areas of Washington and Oregon, concluded with a farewell celebration to Lynn Long, the horticulturist who usually leads it.

Same grapes, different names

By |June 1st, 2017|

A long running debate over grapes in Missouri and Arkansas has been put to rest by researchers at Missouri State University.

L.A. Times: Trump promised a ‘big beautiful door’ in his border wall. California farmers are ready and waiting

By |May 25th, 2017|

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From the Los Angeles Times:
More than 11,000 foreign guest workers like Betancourt were approved last year to harvest the lettuce,

Vanguard International buys Pride Packing

By |May 25th, 2017|

The Vanguard International Group of Issaquah, Washington, has purchased Pride Packing Co. of Wapato, Washington, to further its goal of developing a vertically integrated fresh-fruit organization.

Holtzinger Fruit changes name to Fourth Leaf

By |May 25th, 2017|

Holtzinger Fruit Co., the only packer in Washington that works solely with independent growers, has changed its name to Fourth Leaf Fruit Company.

Sanitation workshops set for May 31, June 1

By |May 24th, 2017|

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association and the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission will host cleaning and sanitation workshops on May 31 in Naches, Washington, and on June 1 in East Wenatchee, Washington.

Ag groups respond to Trump’s proposed budget

By |May 24th, 2017|

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Here is an ongoing roundup of responses to President Donald Trump’s federal budget proposal, which was released Tuesday, May 23.
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Pscheidt: How to rate viruses

By |May 22nd, 2017|

With three-dozen different viruses that can be found on cherry trees, which ones do growers need to worry about?

What’s hiding in your orchard?

By |May 22nd, 2017|

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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