Wine industry backs new center

  • October 1st, 2011

The Washington Wine Commission’s commitment of $7.4 million towards the cost of building a Wine Science Center at Washington State University’s Tri-Cities campus gives the fundraising effort an important boost, says Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling, director of WSU’s viticulture and enology program.

The center will house WSU’s rapidly expanding viticulture and [...]

  • The big picture

The big picture

  • October 1st, 2011

When the U.S. Apple Association holds its annual marketing and outlook conference in Chicago in August, it’s an occasion to look at the big picture. Not only do the 300 or so apple growers, packers, and shippers evaluate the size and condition of the United States crop, they try [...]

  • Peach breeder Dick Okie retiring

Peach breeder Dick Okie retiring

  • August 1st, 2011

After 30 years breeding peaches for the South—15 in the Prince series alone—W.R. (Dick) Okie retired this year. He is still working until a successor is decided upon.
Courtesy of W.R. Okie

W.R. (Dick) Okie, the USDA-Agricultural Research Service’s stone fruit breeder in Byron, Georgia, for more than 30 years, [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • August 1st, 2011

Jack Everhart, left, New Holland, Inc., congratulates John Riel, right, of Burrows Tractor.

Recognition for Burrows
The New Holland dealership Burrows Tractor, Inc., in Yakima, Washington, has earned membership to New Holland’s President’s Club in recognition of outstanding achievement in business facilities, management, sales, parts and service support, and customer [...]

Special assessment would fund research

  • August 1st, 2011

A referendum will be held soon to find out if growers are willing to pay a special assessment to enhance tree fruit research at Washington State University.

The university has launched a major fundraising campaign to help strengthen priority programs and hopes to raise $42 million for tree fruit research.

The [...]

First forecast of U.S. apple crop

  • August 1st, 2011

It takes true grit to try to assess the size and quality of the United States apple crop on the first day of summer, when the June drop still isn’t over and growers are ­making decisions about whether or not to thin one last time.

But each year, about 150 [...]

Pear assessments drop

  • July 1st, 2011

Pear growers in the Pacific Northwest will pay less money to the Pear Bureau Northwest for ­winter pear promotions in the coming season.

The Pear Bureau’s board of directors has reduced its assessment rate for winter pear promotions from 44 to 41 cents per box, reflecting the trend for producers [...]

Opportunities for cherry exports

  • July 1st, 2011

The Pacific Northwest cherry harvest is running later than usual this year, which could open up opportunities in export markets.

Because of a late spring, shipments were expected to peak after the Fourth of July weekend, which is a crucial time for cherry promotions and sales. However, the season has [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • June 1st, 2011

New spraying book
Dr. Andrew Landers’ new book Effective Vineyard Spraying is now available for purchase from Cornell University. Landers, who directs the application technology program at Cornell, has conducted sprayer workshops for growers from coast to coast. His practical guidebook is filled with suggestions to help growers save [...]

  • NY seeks marketing strategy

NY seeks marketing strategy

  • June 1st, 2011

Those new apples from New York are being prepared to come to market, with the first expected in quantity in direct farm markets in 2014 and in commercial markets in 2015 or 2016.

At least, that’s what’s envisioned in the overall plan that’s in the process of development. The apples [...]

  • H-2A changes add cost, difficulty

H-2A changes add cost, difficulty

  • June 1st, 2011

The McDougall & Sons housing camps are made up of manufactured units for 12 people. This camp at Quincy, Washington, has 96 beds.
GERALDINE WARNER

An increase in the wage rate that employers must pay workers recruited through the H-2A guest-worker program will add well over $1 million to labor [...]

  • Fungicide tools and resistance management guidelines

Fungicide tools and resistance management guidelines

  • May 15th, 2011

As of spring 2011, growers in eastern Washington have several new fungicides at their disposal for managing powdery mildew.

For cherry growers, new products include Adament ­(tebuconazole + trifloxystrobin), Quash (metconazole), and Unicorn (tebuconazole + sulfur).

Four new materials are available for grape growers: Adament, Inspire Super ­(difenoconazole + cyprodinil), Unicorn, [...]