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Suzanne Niemann, a young grower from Yakima, Washington

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

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family background / Suzanne’s love of agriculture grew out of her interest in the sciences.

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A lot of cans in 100 years

May 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Del Monte celebrates a century in Yakima, Washington.

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A spray-plus education (Video)

April 29th, 2016|1 Comment

Farm worker teaching team leads the nation in preparing workers for safe use of pesticides.

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Making the most of mulch

April 27th, 2016|1 Comment

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Organic herbicides don’t match mulch for pear growers.

That’s the conclusion of University of California Cooperative

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Joe Brandt, a young grower from Wapato, Washington

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Joe returned to the 1,500-acre family farm after working in finance and manages domestic and export sales and marketing for the company.

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Ryan Bond, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Ryan is a second-generation grower managing about 800 acres, primarily consisting of cherry and pear trees in The Dalles and south through Dufur into the Tygh Valley.

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Watering by the numbers

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Extension specialists take the mystery out of irrigating.

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Changing ideas about water

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Irrigation becomes crucial tool even in well-watered East.

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Better ways to irrigate

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

WSU researcher offers tips for reducing water use.

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Know your soil before picking your rootstock

April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers encourage growers to match a rootstock’s ability to absorb nutrients to those nutrients found in the soil.

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Root care

April 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Remember to consider what lies beneath when maintaining a healthy orchard.

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Know your critical temperatures as East Coast freeze arrives

April 5th, 2016|0 Comments

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The East Coast is experiencing a second round of winter, and the anticipated freezing temperatures

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How to attract workers

April 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Workers go where they can make the most money.

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Modern orchards and technology can potentially reduce production costs

April 4th, 2016|0 Comments

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The cost of producing apples has been rising faster than expected, largely because of increasing

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Keeping limbs in line with mechanical pruning – (video)

April 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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While not exactly new anywhere, mechanical hedging is seeing a youthful surge on both sides

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New hire for Pear Bureau Northwest

March 30th, 2016|0 Comments

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Pear Bureau Northwest has hired Morgan Cairns as its sampling and event coordinator.

Cairns brings diverse

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Growers asked to help with trellis design survey

March 25th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has recently funded a trellis engineering analysis project with

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6 tips for healthier bees

March 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Beekeeper offers tips for healthy bees, hearty pollination.

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110+ bins of Bartlet pears per acre

March 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Results from Bartlett pears grown on Tatura trellis in Australia

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Pear mites developing resistance to chemicals

March 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Growers may be forced to take different steps to control pests as resistance buildup continues.

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Pears qualify for Heart-Check certification

March 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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The American Heart Association has certified Green and Red Anjou pears from USA Pears as

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Northwest canning pear inventories remain high as pressure mounts from imports

February 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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In Jay Grandy’s last meeting as the manager of the Washington-Oregon Canning Pear Association, he

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Gibson’s drive

February 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Silver Pear Award winner, Don Gibson, leads from the road.

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Fire blight central

February 19th, 2016|1 Comment

A research plot near Wapato, Washington, has become a test bed for fire blight.

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How to use pear growth regulators

February 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Growth regulators can prevent drop and enhance storability of pears if used correctly.

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MSU researcher to growers: fire blight is just “bad, bad, bad”

February 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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A Michigan State University researcher gave a bleak view of fire blight as one of

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Video: Pear Bureau Northwest new website focuses on pear sales

February 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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Pear Bureau Northwest has launched a redesigned trade website focused on the business of pears

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300 pages on pears

January 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Book of Pears is a fine resource for the pear aficionado. Author Dr. Joan

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Catherine Kiyokawa, a Young Grower from Parkdale, Oregon

January 29th, 2016|2 Comments

Catherine is a fourth-generation farmer. Her grandfather, Mamoru Kiyokawa, started growing tree fruit on the farm. Catherine works closely with her father, Randy, and older brother Cameron.

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Keeping pears firm

January 25th, 2016|0 Comments

More research ahead for compound to improve pear firmness.

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Impact of imports

January 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Fresh apples, pears and sweet cherries hold their own for U.S. producers.

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New focus on grade standards

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Hort council aims for industry involvement to help monitor other nations’ quality metrics.

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After the Washington fires

November 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Packers work with insurers to recover from two wildfires that struck central Washington.

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Process Pear Committee nominations scheduled

November 5th, 2015|0 Comments

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Nominations for grower and handler positions on the Processed Pear Committee, which is administered by

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Pear Bureau’s Kennedy honored among produce industry young leaders

November 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

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Pear Bureau Northwest, the non-profit marketing organization that represents the 1,600 pear growers of Oregon

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Jake Robison, a Young Grower from Chelan, Washington

October 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Jake is a fourth generation farmer who grows tree fruit on 120 acres. He’s the son of Dave and Karla Robison and nephew to Allen Robison.

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24 specialty crop proposals in Wa State receive $4.1m

October 16th, 2015|0 Comments

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture says that it will award approximately $4.1 million in

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Quest begins to breed new pear rootstock

September 15th, 2015|0 Comments

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The Pacific Northwest fresh pear industry will allocate more than $200,000 over the next three

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New path for pears

September 14th, 2015|0 Comments

The bi-axis system enables pear growers to plant high-density orchards on standard rootstocks.

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WSU reports on growth in organic tree fruit

September 14th, 2015|0 Comments

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Organic apples grown and packed in Washington state in the 2013-14 season had a total

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Sliced pears show potential

September 4th, 2015|1 Comment

Treatment with a ripening compound ensures that sliced pears stay juicy and flavorful.

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Manage pears for higher yields

September 4th, 2015|0 Comments

An experiment demonstrates how to increase yields of close-planted Bartlett pear trees by changing tree management, not the rootstock.

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Success with fresh sliced pears and peaches

September 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

A Fresno-based, California company is one of the first to bring fresh-cut pears and stone fruit to the retail market.

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Fresh-cut path for Woot Froot

August 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Kim Gaarde did the impossible by bringing fresh-sliced pears, peaches, and nectarines to consumers.

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Hedging to improve quality

August 26th, 2015|0 Comments

A Washington grower-packer foresees multiple benefits from mechanical pruning.

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A pear a day…

August 25th, 2015|0 Comments

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Pears could have multiple health benefits, according to preliminary research at the North Dakota State

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Drone ready to work in fruit

July 9th, 2015|0 Comments

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

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Russian closure slows pear exports

July 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Russia had been importing almost half a million boxes of U.S. pears.

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Processed pears bring record prices

July 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Growers and canners are pleased with outcome.

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Pear production stays stable

July 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Northwest growers forecast another manageable crop.