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Grower of the Year 2013

Featured stories about the Grower of the Year appear in this issue.

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Entrepreneur focuses on apple picking

December 15th, 2013|0 Comments

WSU graduate student Mark De Kleine is exploring ways to remove apples from the tree more quickly.

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Going to market

December 1st, 2013|0 Comments

Farmers' markets are booming, and fruit growers are capitalizing.

  • Cold Train Intermodal

The Cold Train

December 1st, 2013|0 Comments

Since early in 2010, more produce--including apples--has been hauled east by rail.

What’s the best rootstock for Honeycrisp?

November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

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The loss of a hillside of Gala trees in a big storm in 2009 opened up an opportunity for Michigan grower Joe Rasch to use

Hedging your bets

November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Michigan growers hear that everyone will be hedging their fruiting walls in five years to reduce their labor costs.

Orchards of the future

November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Cornell's Terence Robinson explains his vision of orchard managementin English and in Spanish.

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Grower comments wanted

November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Consolidation task force seeks input.

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Colombini, the collaborator

November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

California orchardist has helped bring Northwest and California cherry industries together.

Wine Commission uses humor to educate

November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

"The Recommendeuer" iPad app provides in-depth information about Washington wines.

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Learn by doing

November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Jeff Colombini has learned the hard way that not all growing techniques fit his conditions.

Chip detects water needs

November 27th, 2013|1 Comment

Microsensors implanted in tree trunks or vines can measure water stress directly.

Entrepreneur focuses on apple picking

November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

WSU graduate student Mark De Kleine is exploring ways to remove apples from the tree more quickly.

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Meet the 2013 Grower of the Year

November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

California grower has an open door -- Jeff Colombini is always looking for a better way to grow fruit.

  • Eric Jensen, Ryan Jensen

Good Point: A troubling case

November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

The enforcers of federal law are apparently trying to send a stern message: as a produce farmer,if you send adulterated food to market, you may be charged with a crime.

Northwest seeks food safety answers

November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

The Center for Produce Safety is seeking scientists to address food safety knowledge gaps in the Northwest.

Opportunities in olives

November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

California's extra virgin olive oil renaissance is due in part to concern about future labor shortages.

Last Bite: The last, best questions

November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Enjoy the final installment of FruiTrivia.

Home is where the wine is

November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Mike and Judi Scott meet most of their wine buyers face to face at their basement tasting room.

Marketing matters

November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Economic studies have shown that successful wineries tend to be either very small or very large. - See more at: http://www.goodfruit.com/?p=14109&preview=true&preview_id=14109&preview_nonce=6900d7fccc#sthash.TpjmhqSe.dpuf

  • Lake Okanagan

B.C. growers should focus on clones

November 26th, 2013|0 Comments

Grape gowers need to find out which clones will work best in British Columbia.

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Old Home x Bartlett?

November 26th, 2013|0 Comments

Genetic fingerprinting reveals a case of mistaken identity.

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Bloom thinning boosts fruit size

November 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

Hand-thin flowers to increase size of peaches and nectarines.

  • Jim McFerson, Washington Tree Fruit Commission

A passion for research

November 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

Jim McFerson is passionate about bringing the benefits of research and extension to the entire tree fruit industry

Farmers’ markets provide feedback

November 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

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Steve Chinchiolo of River Bend Orchards in Ripon, California, has sold fruit through farmers’ markets since the late 1980s. While the direct marketing represents only

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Grower sees bright future

November 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

Apples and cherries fit well together for this California grower.

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New Zealand’s ­audacious plan

November 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

The New Zealand pipfruit industry hopes to double its worth in the coming decade.

Northwest seeks food safety answers

November 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

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The states of Washington, ­Oregon, and Idaho are working with the Center for Produce Safety to fund research that will help Pacific Northwest growers comply

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East Malling Research turns 100 this year

November 21st, 2013|0 Comments

East Malling’s story began March 1, 1913, when the first nine hectares of land were purchased to undertake “the study of problems met with in the actual culture of fruit trees and bushes.”

WSU offers tannin training

November 19th, 2013|0 Comments

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Washington State University is offering free online training for cider makers on how to test tannin levels in apple juice. The training teaches cider producers

See grape harvest Down Under

November 19th, 2013|0 Comments

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Washington State University’s Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling is leading a harvest-time vineyard and winery tour to Australia from March 30 to April 14, 2014. Registration is