Good Job

  • February 1st, 2012

Lewis receives Latino award
Karen Lewis, Washington State University tree fruit regional extension specialist, has been honored with the first annual Latino Leadership Award from the Washington State Horticultural Association.

The award was established at the suggestion of retiring association president West Mathison to recognize Latino people working in the [...]

Cherry marketing order passes

  • February 1st, 2012

Washington State sweet cherry growers voted to continue the federal marketing order that regulates sweet cherries.  During the referendum held in November, 92 percent of eligible growers who voted, representing 82 percent of the participating volume, favored continuing the marketing order that was established in 1957. A referendum is [...]

High-tech nursery launched

  • January 15th, 2012

Dr. Amit Dhingra, genomicist with Washington State University, has set up a new company to produce fruit varieties, rootstocks, and nursery trees faster and cheaper through tissue culture. In addition, the identities of the plants are guaranteed through high-resolution genetic ­fingerprinting.

The company, called Phytelligence, is a spinoff of WSU. [...]

Committee nominations

  • January 1st, 2012

Nominations for board positions with several Pacific Northwest fruit industry groups will be held during upcoming horticultural meetings.
Cherry Marketing Committee
Nominations for three grower positions in District 1 will be held during the North Central Washington Stone Fruit Day at the Wenatchee Convention Center on January 19. Current [...]

  • Washington’s grape crop down in 2011

Washington’s grape crop down in 2011

  • January 1st, 2012

Concord yields varied widely last year, ranging from no crop to 20 tons per acre.
Suphasuk Pradubsuk

Washington State’s juice and wine grape crop will likely be the smallest since 2005 for wine grapes and 2004 for juice grapes, reports agricultural economist Trent Ball. Grapes got a double hit this [...]

  • Vineland launches an apple breeding program

Vineland launches an apple breeding program

  • December 1st, 2011

Daryl Somers

A new apple breeding program was born this year, on the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario, Canada.

While operation of the infant program is just beginning, it has nurturing ­parents. The Ontario Apple Growers are backing the program; they want new varieties that potentially could be produced for export in [...]

Committee to advise on endowments

  • December 1st, 2011

An industry advisory committee has been formed to work with Washington State University to decide how to spend the money that will be generated by a special research assessment on Washington apples and pears.

The $1-per-ton assessment, which goes into effect with the 2012 crops, will provide $11 million for [...]

Good Stuff

  • December 1st, 2011

Ty Snyder promoted
C & O Nursery of Wenatchee, Washington, has promoted Ty Snyder to the position of orchard manager. Snyder has worked at the nursery since 2006 and earned an associate degree in agriculture from Wenatchee Valley College. He is managing the company’s Rocky Reach and Grant Road [...]

B.C.’s strategic plan stymied

  • November 1st, 2011

When the British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association launched its strategic plan four years ago, the priorities were to develop new varieties, increase fruit quality, strengthen market position, attract and retain human resources, and increase profitability. No factors served to hijack those goals more drastically than the impact of the [...]

Great Lakes Expo set for December 6–8

  • November 1st, 2011

The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm ­Market Expo will be held in the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from December 6–8.

Last year, nearly 4,000 people from 34 states and five ­Canadian provinces attended the educational programs and the trade show, which attracted 380 exhibitors and [...]

  • What is driving change in the tree fruit industry?

What is driving change in the tree fruit industry?

  • November 1st, 2011

The Washington State Horticultural Association’s annual meeting will inform growers about a wide range of issues and innovations that are driving change in the tree fruit industry both in the United States and abroad.

The meeting is scheduled for December 5–7 at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

West Mathison, retiring Hort Association [...]

  • Safety regulations nix customized platforms

Safety regulations nix customized platforms

  • November 1st, 2011

A worker uses a Girette to prune trees.
Courtesy Flathead Cherry Growers, Montana

Regulators in British Columbia, Canada, have developed safety documentation for the elevated, mobile work platforms widely used in the province’s orchards—but have sidelined locally designed equipment that reflected local farming conditions.

WorkSafeBC, the organization that regulates workplace safety [...]