Thurlby on radio: 2014 Northwest cherry crop still looking great

  • June 26th, 2014

BJ Thurlby of Northwest Cherry Growers continues to have a bullish outlook on this year’s crop. Growers are expecting the 2nd biggest cherry harvest, plus excellent quality.

He’s especially excited about the alignment of factors that could make the crucial Fourth of July a “slingshot” for strong sales all the [...]

Warmest spring in 20 years ends with hottest May since 1997

  • June 23rd, 2014

Washington State has been warm, the warmest spring in 20 years, says AgWeatherNet meteorologist Nic Loyd.

And also amazing: Washington saw one of its coolest early growing seasons in 2011, only to see a dramatic increase in 2014.

The temps have been especially helpful for cherry growers, who this year are expecting [...]

Goodbye, Washington Growers Clearing House; hello, Tree Fruit Association

  • June 13th, 2014

Board members of the Washington Growers Clearing House will hold their last meeting of the association’s 73-year history in August.

In a mail ballot, its members overwhelmingly approved the board’s recommendation to dissolve the association and consolidate with other industry groups to form the new Washington Tree Fruit Association.  More [...]

  • Washington Gov. Inslee kicks off 2014 cherry season

Washington Gov. Inslee kicks off 2014 cherry season

  • June 6th, 2014

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee kicked off the start of the 2014 cherry season at an appearance today with Rick Plath, president of Washington Fruit & Produce Co., at the company’s new cherry packing facility in Yakima, Washington.

Northwest cherry growers are expecting a large crop, the second biggest in history.

Plath [...]

  • WSU researcher wins educator award

WSU researcher wins educator award

  • May 16th, 2014

Washington State University researcher, soil scientist and teacher, John Reganold, was named the 2014 Food and Farm Educator by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Berkeley Food Institute on May 14. Reganold is one of four 2014 Growing Green Award winners from the two groups that include [...]

  • Honorees announced for Washington Wine auction

Honorees announced for Washington Wine auction

  • May 16th, 2014

The Auction of Washington Wines named Larry and Dick Olsen, and Tom and Anne-Marie Hedges as honorees for the 27th annual events this summer.

Larry and Dick Olsen are the auction’s 2014 Honorary Growers for their over 40 years as growers, establishing Olsen Brothers Vineyards in 1972, which now grows [...]

  • NW Cherry Growers expect 19.96m boxes this year, up 39 percent from 2013

NW Cherry Growers expect 19.96m boxes this year, up 39 percent from 2013

  • May 9th, 2014

Northwest Cherry Growers have issued their Round One estimate for this year’s cherry crop, and it’s bullish: up 39 percent from last year.

The Northwest Cherry Crop Estimate: Round #1 calls for 19.96 million 20-pound equivalent boxes, up from the previous year’s disappointing 14.3 million boxes. The group cautions that [...]

Quick Bites for April 15, 2014

  • April 15th, 2014

Apple Commission appoints officers

Barbara Walkenhauer of Selah succeeded David Douglas as chair of the Washington Apple Commission at the board’s annual meeting in March. Jon Alegria of Yakima was appointed vice chair. Walkenhauer and Alegria were reappointed to the board for three-year terms, along with Brian Sand of Orondo.

The [...]

  • Mayer named Apple Citizen of the Year

Mayer named Apple Citizen of the Year

  • March 26th, 2014

Kirk Mayer, manager of the Washington Growers Clearing House Association, has been named Apple Citizen of the Year by the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival.

Festival Royalty Roslyn Thompson, Nikara Morgan, and Caroline Dahl presented Mayer with the award on Tuesday (March 25).

Mayer, a graduate of Cashmere High School, joined [...]

  • Bee expert to retire

Bee expert to retire

  • March 18th, 2014

The California State Beekeepers Association has presented a special recognition award to Dr. Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist with University of California, Davis, for 38 years of work and support. He will retire in June.

Mussen was born in Schenectady, New York, and received his bachelor’s degree in entomology from the [...]