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FairWeigh system for fair pay

WSU develops in-the-field weighing system for picking buckets.

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Drone ready to work in fruit

FAA approved Yamaha’s remote-controlled copter for agricultural use.

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Jim Flore named Cherry Industry Person of the Year

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Michigan State University horticulture professor Jim Flore gladly accepted and quickly donned the official red sports jacket as he was honored as Cherry Industry Person of the Year during the National Cherry Festival in Traverse

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Northwest cherry growers have shipped a record 15.2m boxes

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Through July 6th, Northwest cherry growers have shipped 15.2 million 20-lb. boxes of fruit. That’s 21 percent more than the previous record and 124 percent more than the 15-year industry average.

Here’s the report issued yesterday

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Fruit businesses assess damage after Wenatchee fire

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A wildfire that started as a brush fire near Wenatchee over the weekend affected several tree fruit businesses and destroyed 28 homes.

Embers from the burning houses on the outskirts of Wenatchee ignited paper packaging materials

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Gene Veliquette, 1947-2015

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Michigan’s cherry industry lost a visionary leader with the death of Gene Veliquette. The influential grower died June 7 in Traverse City. He was 67.

After buying his first farm in 1970 with his brother Norm

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Oregon Cherry Growers co-op positioned for growth

Cooperative is focused on expanding value-added products.

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Brining key to cherry processing

Brine solution makes cherry processing a year-round operation.

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Oregon cherry cooperative president feels connection with farmers

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In the two years since Tim Ramsey’s hiring as president and chief executive, Oregon Cherry Growers has developed several new value-added products, returned profits to grower-members, and expanded growth in dried and frozen products.

Ramsey, with

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Exports benefit B.C. cherry growers

Growers are feeling positive as export opportunities ease margin woes.

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Cherries give fruit flies a boost

Spotted wing drosophila’s wide host range makes it difficult for orchardists to control the pest.

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Study shows value of high-density cherry systems

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Stefano Musacchi, who was hired in 2013 to fill Washington State University’s endowed chair in tree fruit physiology and management, has been one of the world’s active participants in designing and evaluating sweet cherry production

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