A humble leader (Video)

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


In the Box

  • April 15th, 2014

Puffer research
Dear Good Fruit Grower:
I am a University of California pomology farm advisor and have worked in the pear industry for going on 26 years. I read the article on WSU mating disruption research in the March 1 Good Fruit Grower and noted that it stated that mating [...]

Quick Bites for April 15, 2014

  • April 15th, 2014

Apple Commission appoints officers

Barbara Walkenhauer of Selah succeeded David Douglas as chair of the Washington Apple Commission at the board’s annual meeting in March. Jon Alegria of Yakima was appointed vice chair. Walkenhauer and Alegria were reappointed to the board for three-year terms, along with Brian Sand of Orondo.

The [...]

  • Sean & Joe Naumes, Young Growers from Medford Oregon

Sean & Joe Naumes, Young Growers from Medford Oregon

  • April 5th, 2014

growers / Medford, Oregon

(Sean, left) age / 24
crops / Pears and vineyard
education / Santa Clara University
title / Operations and production assistant

(Joe, right) age / 24
crops / Pears
education / University of Advanced Technology in Arizona
title / Information technology assistant

other info / Sean and Joe [...]

  • Ryan Swanson, Young Grower from Nova Scotia

Ryan Swanson, Young Grower from Nova Scotia

  • March 27th, 2014

Ryan Swanson/ grower / Centreville, Nova Scotia, Canada

age / 37

crops / More than 130 acres of apples

business / Eisses Farms, Ltd.

education / Mount Royal University, Calgary

other experience / Learning from father and brother-in-law about the farm,
religious studies, and global traveler

title / Farm Manager

Q:  What was your path to [...]

  • Mayer named Apple Citizen of the Year

Mayer named Apple Citizen of the Year

  • March 26th, 2014

Kirk Mayer, manager of the Washington Growers Clearing House Association, has been named Apple Citizen of the Year by the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival.

Festival Royalty Roslyn Thompson, Nikara Morgan, and Caroline Dahl presented Mayer with the award on Tuesday (March 25).

Mayer, a graduate of Cashmere High School, joined [...]

  • Bee expert to retire

Bee expert to retire

  • March 18th, 2014

The California State Beekeepers Association has presented a special recognition award to Dr. Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist with University of California, Davis, for 38 years of work and support. He will retire in June.

Mussen was born in Schenectady, New York, and received his bachelor’s degree in entomology from the [...]