Herald visits Sea-Tac to watch cherries fly to China

  • July 23rd, 2014

The Yakima Herald-Republic’s Ross Courtney visited Sea-Tac airport to watch cherries from the Yakima and Wenatchee areas get loaded for fast delivery aboard a China Eastern Airlines 777 cargo plane.

Courtney wrote:
Cherries sure mean a lot of work at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, just like they do in the [...]

  • Grab and go packaging: Cup o’ Cherries

Grab and go packaging: Cup o’ Cherries

  • July 18th, 2014

Chelan Fresh Marketing has introduced a new consumer pack of cherries designed for snacking on the go.

The package, called Cup o’ Cherries, resembles a lidded coffee cup. The lid, however, has a cherry-sized hole, allowing the consumer to tip a cherry into the mouth, and a nifty compartment with [...]

  • Fourth cherry residue test results are available

Fourth cherry residue test results are available

  • July 14th, 2014

For the fourth consecutive year, the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has conducted a trial to provide the Northwest cherry industry basic information about residues of commonly used pesticides.

These studies are intended to help growers and consultants make more informed pest decisions with respect to concerns about Maximum Residue [...]

  • Northwest cherries moving in huge volumes

Northwest cherries moving in huge volumes

  • July 2nd, 2014

June saw some huge shipments of cherries, averaging 332,000 boxes per day, according to the Northwest Cherry Growers.

What was expected to be the second biggest cherry crop ever has triggered enormous movement to the marketplace. June’s total came in at 10.3 million boxes.

Domestic retailers have stepped up promotions through [...]

  • More than cherries

More than cherries

  • June 30th, 2014

California’s cherry season normally runs fast and furious for about eight weeks. Growers usually have other crops to farm, but what do California packing houses do once cherries are through?

At O-G Packing and Cold Storage in Stockton, California, the Gotelli and Gogna family partners have diversified into other operations [...]

Thurlby on radio: 2014 Northwest cherry crop still looking great

  • June 26th, 2014

BJ Thurlby of Northwest Cherry Growers continues to have a bullish outlook on this year’s crop. Growers are expecting the 2nd biggest cherry harvest, plus excellent quality.

He’s especially excited about the alignment of factors that could make the crucial Fourth of July a “slingshot” for strong sales all the [...]

Warmest spring in 20 years ends with hottest May since 1997

  • June 23rd, 2014

Washington State has been warm, the warmest spring in 20 years, says AgWeatherNet meteorologist Nic Loyd.

And also amazing: Washington saw one of its coolest early growing seasons in 2011, only to see a dramatic increase in 2014.

The temps have been especially helpful for cherry growers, who this year are expecting [...]

  • Corr: Our Gov is a Good Fruit Grower reader

Corr: Our Gov is a Good Fruit Grower reader

  • June 9th, 2014

Before he went into full-time politics, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee worked as a lawyer in apple growing Selah, Washington, where his clients included Tree Top. Among his regular reads? Good Fruit Grower magazine.

So when Jay Inslee came by last week to kick off the 2014 cherry season, he was [...]

  • Washington Gov. Inslee kicks off 2014 cherry season

Washington Gov. Inslee kicks off 2014 cherry season

  • June 6th, 2014

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee kicked off the start of the 2014 cherry season at an appearance today with Rick Plath, president of Washington Fruit & Produce Co., at the company’s new cherry packing facility in Yakima, Washington.

Northwest cherry growers are expecting a large crop, the second biggest in history.

Plath [...]

Corr: Skeena has edge in Round #2 Cherry estimate

  • May 29th, 2014

In their latest published estimate for the cherry crop, Northwest Cherry Growers remain bullish. This year’s crop is expected to be 40 percent over last year’s 14.3 million boxes.

The “Round #2″ forecast shows that the Skeena variety has the best set this year, while Rainiers show a drop in [...]