A humble leader (Video)

Throughout his career, WSU entomologist Jay Brunner has turned science into economic reality for Washington State tree fruit growers.

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Tips for succession planning

  • December 1st, 2012

Bob Betz and Steve Griessel offer these suggestions to growers, winemakers, and others involved in agriculture interested in developing a succession plan:
1. Plan ahead.
• Allow several years to develop succession plan.
• Get your financial house in order, trends going in right direction.
• Have available past [...]

  • Des Layne joins WSU

Des Layne joins WSU

  • November 1st, 2012

Washington State University has appointed Dr. Desmond Layne, a professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, to the new position of tree fruit extension team leader. He will start his new job on February 1. The position was created after Washington apple and pear growers voted last year to [...]

  • New director

New director

  • November 1st, 2012

Soil Scientist Dr. Rich Koenig has been appointed associate dean and director of Washington State University Extension. He was formerly chair of WSU’s department of crop and soil sciences.

He succeeds Dr. Randy Baldree who served as interim associate director of WSU Extension from June 2011 until September this year. [...]

  • Classes for Hispanics

Classes for Hispanics

  • November 1st, 2012

Wenatchee Valley College will offer two employee educational programs for the 2012-2013 academic year—level one of its Hispanic Orchard Employee Education Program and level one of a similar viticulture program. The orchard program will be taught at the Wenatchee campus and at the Grandview campus of the Yakima Valley [...]

  • Students follow grapes from berry to bottle

Students follow grapes from berry to bottle

  • November 1st, 2012

During the second week of class, having had just two lectures to learn about safety and sanitation, Trent Ball’s students were already gaining practical experience, crushing Syrah and pressing Rousanne grapes from Washington State’s Horse Heaven Hills.

“Is this hopper backwards?”

“Do I need to sanitize these shovels and forks?”

“Do I [...]

  • Vineyard and winery courses go online

Vineyard and winery courses go online

  • November 1st, 2012

Yakima Valley Community College, through a national science grant, is transitioning its vineyard and winery educational program to an online and hybrid format to better serve its student community. Four classes are now available online, and ten are offered in a hybrid format.

Catherine Jones was hired in September 2010 [...]

Good Stuff

  • November 1st, 2012

New Zealand’s Tow and Blow
Tow and Blow is a portable wind machine developed in New Zealand by engineer Kim McAulay. He used to import wind machines from the United States but designed his own portable machine to address some of the ­inefficiencies he experienced with the ­stationary versions.

Wind [...]

  • Planning for continued success

Planning for continued success

  • November 1st, 2012

Those are among the reasons why the main theme of the association’s annual meeting, December 3 to 5, will be succession planning, says David Douglas, retiring president of the Washington State Horticultural Association and part of the family-owned Douglas Fruit Company in Pasco, Washington.

Douglas said his family’s company was [...]

Apple pricing will be challenging this year

  • October 1st, 2012

U.S. apple growers will market a smaller-than-average-size crop this year, but pricing the product won’t be easy, and there are penalties for making the wrong choices early in the season.

“Don’t lose October,” admonished Steve Lutz, executive vice president of the Nielsen Perishables Group, speaking to attendees at the U.S. [...]

  • Growing great learners

Growing great learners

  • October 1st, 2012

Washington Fruit and Produce Company, one of Washington’s top tree fruit producers, is seeing success in a new type of cultivation: helping the young children of some of its employees be better prepared to succeed at school.
Washington Fruit helped create the Growing Great Learners program in 2010 to [...]

  • U.S. cider takes U.K. honors

U.S. cider takes U.K. honors

  • October 1st, 2012

Peter Ringsrud used to grow picture-perfect Red and Golden Delicious apples at his East Wenatchee, Washington, orchard, but found little profit in it.

After a 25-year interval working as an engineer, Ringsrud returned to the orchard when he retired in 2004 and began growing some of the ugliest and unpalatable [...]

  • Affecting lives through education

Affecting lives through education

  • October 1st, 2012

This year, the Washington Apple Education Foundation awarded scholarships worth a total of $475,000 to 187 students, but had to turn another 232 students away.

The foundation was formed in 1994 and is recognized as the charity of the state’s tree fruit industry. Its mission is to influence lives through [...]