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Vanguard International buys Pride Packing

May 25th, 2017|0 Comments

The Vanguard International Group of Issaquah, Washington, has purchased Pride Packing Co. of Wapato, Washington, to further its goal of developing a vertically integrated fresh-fruit organization.

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Sugar sours birds on eating valuable cherry crops

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Sweet revenge for bird control

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Pscheidt: How to rate viruses

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

With three-dozen different viruses that can be found on cherry trees, which ones do growers need to worry about? Cherry viruses were rated on a zero to 10 scale, where zero equals “no need to worry about this virus” and where 10 equals “grower action is imperative!”

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What’s hiding in your orchard?

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

A survey of cherry viruses in Oregon has turned up none that are new to the Pacific Northwest, which is a good thing. However, at least two new viruses, and possibly a third, have been detected in Oregon for the first time — and two of the three could have a significant impact on cherry production if not controlled.

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Thurlby: Looking ahead to the Northwest cherry season

May 19th, 2017|0 Comments

As I sit here in my office in Yakima, Washington, on April 7, it’s cold and rainy outside. In Washington, we just came through the rainiest March on record, and the view from the window tells me the season has yet to give way to what most of us would call “springtime conditions.”

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How grower renewed aging block of cherry trees

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

A tale of 17 acres

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Make the most of your mulch – Video

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Pruning wood and mowing weeds can provide extra food for soil organisms that help keep trees healthy.

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Tart cherries growers shake it up in the Northwest – Video

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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Under the canopy, a mechanical claw reaches out to grasp the trunk, clamps and shakes

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BC Tree Fruits Cooperative issues cherry forecast

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

The BC Tree Fruits Cooperative is estimating a 2017 crop of 12 million pounds of cherries, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

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NW cherry growers forecast 227,000-ton crop

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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Cherry growers from five Northwest states expect about 227,000 tons, or 22.7 million 20-pound boxes,

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Reconstructing WSU’s sweet breeding program

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Changes make the WSU sweet cherry breeding program more efficient and focused to set up its new breeder for success.

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Scholarships available for IFTA trip to New Zealand

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

IFTA has reserved a limited number of spots on its 2018 New Zealand Study Tour and Annual Conference for recipients of Young Professional Scholarships.

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WSU offering free soil testing

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

WSU Extension is offering free soil health testing to a limited number of growers in Eastern Washington.

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Food safety answers: What’s in your water? — Videos

May 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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Questions abound about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To keep you abreast of

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Round One estimate of new cherry crop: 21.8 million 20-pound boxes

May 4th, 2017|0 Comments

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The first cherry crop prediction of the year calls for a big, if late, season.

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Washington state’s Borton Fruit, Chelan Fresh to merge

May 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Two longtime Washington state fruit companies will join forces when Chelan Fresh merges with Borton Fruit this summer.

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Native flora can attract beneficial insects to the vineyards and orchards

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Between rows, think local

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What’s going on down there? Facts about organic matter

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers share knowledge about the underground dynamics of fresh organic matter.

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Fertilizer tips to maximize baby tree growth

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Nourishing new orchards

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Healthy cherries from the ground up

April 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Diagnostic tools will prevent you from paying for too much fertilizer.

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Brett Grobe, a Young Grower from Elyria, Ohio

April 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Brett is a sixth-generation fruit and vegetable grower in northern Ohio near

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Don’t invest in unwanted shoot growth

March 23rd, 2017|1 Comment

With spring approaching in the Northern Hemisphere, a new season for orchardists starts with flowers, new leaves and shoots — and much anxiety.

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Fighting honeybee decline with instrumental insemination — Video

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

WSU researchers hope to breed better bees

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A new, old bee

March 21st, 2017|0 Comments

From high in the Tien Shan Mountains of Central Asia, Washington State University entomologists Steve Sheppard and Brandon Hopkins have brought home semen from a new strain of honeybees that evolved right alongside the wild apple tree.

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Mulch madness at Oregon soil workshop

March 16th, 2017|6 Comments

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At a soil health workshop organized by Oregon State University in the Dalles, Oregon, several

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Wasps released to eat stink bug eggs

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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Brown marmorated stink bugs show no signs of stopping their advance in the Pacific Northwest.

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Leafhopper linked to little cherry disease

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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The growing incidence of little cherry disease in Pacific Northwest orchards prompted researchers to begin

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FSMA answers: Preparing your facility

March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

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Questions abound about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To keep you abreast of

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Dillon Luebber, a young grower from Malaga, Washington

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Dillon was raised southeast of Wenatchee, Washington, along the Columbia River by

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The GMO debate gets more complicated

February 28th, 2017|1 Comment

As growers and regulators try to keep up with advances in genomics, questions arise over what is and is not genetically engineered.

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Tissue culture company begins selling plants directly to growers – Video

February 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Culture change: Oregon company looks to reduce wait time for key rootstocks

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ITFA Day 3: “From Bud to Bin”

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

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The second day of tours for the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60th annual conference in Washington

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Is it really clean? Aggressive cleaning makes big difference

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Study shows areas with floor, wall damage are key harborage sites for Listeria.

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First day of IFTA tours focuses on the future

February 21st, 2017|0 Comments

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The first day of orchard tours at the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60th annual conference

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Alfredo Jeronimo, a young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

February 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Alfredo grew up working in orchards alongside his father. After starting a family, Alfredo followed his interests in the packing side of the industry and is currently pursuing goals in orchard management.

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Growers needed for cherry index chart survey

February 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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Washington State University and Oregon State University are looking for growers to complete a survey

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Michigan researcher finds drastic pruning shows promise for cherries

February 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

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Whole tree renewal is an admittedly wild notion, but it appears to be working, according

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Chris Oakes, Young Grower from Lyndonville, New York

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/ Chris is a fourth-generation farmer who works with many of his relatives along

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Researchers advocate whole tree renewal pruning

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Replace traditional limb-by-limb method by starting over, one tree at a time

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Sweethearts beat Bings in 2016 cherry shipping numbers

January 27th, 2017|0 Comments

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For the first year ever, Bing was not king.

In 2016, Northwest cherry growers shipped more

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New postharvest fungicide idea comes from an old place

January 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Natamycin emerges as a possible nontoxic postharvest fungicide.

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Oregon Grower Bob Bailey named 2017 Cherry King

January 20th, 2017|0 Comments

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Bob Bailey of Orchard View Farms in The Dalles, Oregon, was named the 2017 Cherry

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Empire State Producers Expo: Thursday wrapup

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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When placing the end post of your orchard trellis system, think of a game of

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Washington grower and packer Gary W. Hansen dies at 73

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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Gary W. Hansen, the former president of Hansen Fruit and Cold Storage of Yakima, Washington,

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Ariane Stechmann, Young Grower from Hamburg, Germany

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Ariane is the oldest of four siblings who make up the family’s

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Empire State Producers Expo: Wednesday wrapup

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

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A sparsely attended but lively discussion about H-2A guest workers highlighted Wednesday’s proceedings at the

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Where do you match consumer expectations?

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Economists quantify importance of fruit qualities based on differing perspectives of producers, packers and consumers.

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Empire State Producers Expo: Tuesday wrapup

January 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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No more theory. No more hypothetical examples.

Four apple growers, as well as a few vegetable

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Empire State Producers Expo: Monday wrapup

January 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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About 50 farmers, many of them apple growers, took one of their first official first

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Washington state expands apple maggot quarantine area

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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After finding apple maggot in the southeastern corner of Lincoln County, the Washington State Department