• Cracked dam in WA causes scramble for water

Cracked dam in WA causes scramble for water

  • March 14th, 2014

With the frost protection season looming, Washington fruit growers who have been left high and dry because of draw downs in sections of the Columbia River, need to assess what they need to do reach the water, says Bruce Grim, president of the Washington State Horticultural Association. It’s not [...]

Washington Apple Commission revises roles in handling market access issues

  • March 14th, 2014

The Washington Apple Commission gave a nod of approval during its annual meeting in March to changes in how responsibilities for international market access issues are divided between the Northwest Horticultural Association and Northwest Fruit Exporters.

The original memorandum of understanding between the organizations, adopted in 1998, gave NFE responsibility [...]

  • Commission: More MAP dollars mean cherries go farther

Commission: More MAP dollars mean cherries go farther

  • March 13th, 2014

The Washington State Fruit Commission is gearing up for a strong cherry crop in 2014. Though it’s too soon to estimate crop numbers, trees overwintered well and early indications point to a robust crop, which could be anywhere between 20 to 25 million boxes—if Mother Nature cooperates.

Last year’s crop [...]

  • Grape growers recognize industry leaders

Grape growers recognize industry leaders

  • February 14th, 2014
The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers recognized Rick Hamman for his viticultural skills and presented him with its Erick Hanson Memorial Grower of the Year Award. Hamman has assisted Washington grape growers since 1999 when he left Colorado State University as extension viticulturist to join Hogue Cellars in Prosser.
  • Michigan growers vote on creation of Tree Fruit Commission

Michigan growers vote on creation of Tree Fruit Commission

  • February 14th, 2014

Michigan growers of apples, cherries, peaches, and plums are voting this next two weeks on a plan to create the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission. Ballots were to be mailed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture, and they needed to be postmarked for return by February 28.

At a meeting last [...]

Speedy grafting tools

  • January 29th, 2014

Ian Adams of Scionon, Ltd., Hastings, New Zealand, and Matt Moser of Moser Fruit Tree Sales, Inc., Coloma, Michigan, have agreed to partner in the United States and Canada in the distribution and marketing of Scionon (pronounced “scion on”) grafting tools.

Scionon tools are designed to allow unskilled operators to [...]

GRAS2P record-keeping

  • January 29th, 2014

The Washington State Horticultural Association and ApRecs have teamed up to offer growers and packers access to a spray record and food-safety documentation system that includes interactive forms and updates for the association’s GRAS2P program.

GRAS2P (Growers Response to Agricultural Safe and Sustainable Practices) is a program designed to help [...]

Fruit legends star in minimovies

  • January 29th, 2014

Howell at the Moon Productions has released two new short documentaries on the legendary Washington fruit growers Grady Auvil and Tom Mathison.

Gee Whiz: The Apples of Grady Auvil tells how Auvil pioneered the Granny Smith apple, Rainier cherry, and Fuji apple in the United States. Tom Mathison: The Growing [...]

Wine foundation honored

  • January 29th, 2014

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation was named a benefactor last month during the fundraising Washington State University Foundation Gala in recognition of its high level of giving to the university.

The Wine Foundation has partnered with WSU in many projects and has been an advocate for research funding and development [...]

Give feedback on crop insurance

  • January 29th, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Agriculture will hold listening sessions in February to get feedback from specialty crop growers on the effectiveness of the crop insurance programs available to growers.

Judy Olson, director of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Washington, said as the [...]