• Farmworker housing opens in Othello

Farmworker housing opens in Othello

  • August 1st, 2010

The Othello Housing Authority’s new Lugar Seguro (Safe Place) housing development has 19 units designed to accommodate 96 farm­workers and family members. Each unit has two or three bedrooms, a bathroom, and fully equipped kitchen. The development has an on-site ­manager.

The Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing, in Yakima, [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • August 1st, 2010

Owners change at Burrows Tractor
John Riel, who joined Burrows Tractor Company in Yakima, Washington, 32 years ago as a general helper, has bought the company.

Riel started work there after graduating from high school. He became a mechanic in the service department, was promoted to service manager, and transitioned [...]

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  • August 1st, 2010

New AgWeatherNet director
Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom, a professor of agrometeorology and crop modeling, has been appointed director of Washington State University’s agricultural weather network, AgWeatherNet. He succeeds Dr. Gary Grove, who will continue his research and extension program in plant pathology.

Hoogenboom was previously a professor in agrometeorology and crop [...]

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  • July 1st, 2010

E.W. Brandt & Sons, Inc., of Parker, Washington, has announced a change in leadership roles for owners and brothers Lynnell and Allen Brandt, that was made effective in May. Lynnell, who has served as company president since 2003, is transferring his duties to second vice president with responsibilities to [...]

First Bite

  • June 1st, 2010

We’re excited to offer you, our print readers, something new, something interactive, and something, we hope, that will pique your interest, too. In April, we exchanged our old Web site layout for a whiz-bang, state-of-the-art site design that features original news stories, blogs from industry leaders, and topical content [...]

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  • June 1st, 2010

WSU team writes “best paper”
Washington State University Extension enologist Jim Harbertson and colleagues received an award for the 2009 Best Paper in Enology from the American Society of Enology and Viticulture. The paper, “Chemical and Sensory Effects of Saignée, Water Addition, and Extended Maceration on High Brix Must,” [...]

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  • June 1st, 2010

Cherry Variety Showcase July 8
The annual Cherry Variety Showcase will be held July 8 at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center in Benton Harbor. The showcase starts at 4 p.m. with variety displays and commentary. Speakers will include Dr. Greg Lang, Michigan State University; Dr. Robert Andersen, [...]

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  • June 1st, 2010

Voliam label expansion
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has approved a label expansion for Voliam Xpress insectide, which allows its use on pome and stone fruits, and other crops. Voliam, developed by Syngenta Crop Protection, contains two active ingredients with different modes of action: the diamide insecticide chlorantraniliprole [...]

  • New rules govern Michigan irrigators

New rules govern Michigan irrigators

  • June 1st, 2010

Last July, new rules in Michigan required most would-be irrigators to get permission to withdraw water either from groundwater using wells or from flowing streams and rivers.

This was shocking in itself, for Michigan is a riparian state in which both surface and groundwater used to be freely available to [...]

  • Geneva releases FOUR new rootstocks

Geneva releases FOUR new rootstocks

  • May 15th, 2010

This rootstock, commercialized as Geneva 214, is one of four newly released from the New York breeding program. Growers on tour with the International Fruit Tree Association waded deep snow to look them over at the Wittenbach farm in Belding, Michigan, in early March. Resistance to fireblight is one [...]

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  • May 15th, 2010

Harold Thome is Pomesters’ Fruit Man of the Year
Harold Thome, a fourth-generation apple grower on Fruit Ridge near Comstock Park, Michigan, has been named Fruit Man of the Year by the Michigan Association of Pomesters.

Now 78, Thome has turned management over to son Steve, but he still works [...]

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  • May 1st, 2010

Italy orchard tour
Susan Pheasant and Mauricio Frías are offering an intensive technical tour of South Tyrol orchards in November to learn about high-density orchard systems, production practices, and specialized machinery for tree fruit. The tour will begin in Venice and include key visits in Bolzano, Ferrara, and Bologna. [...]