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Tony Guisto, a young grower from Hood River, Oregon

February 24th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/Tony grew up in a logging family in Oregon’s Hood River Valley, headed by

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Taking the fight to fire blight

February 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Risk is higher in Washington this season for deadly orchard disease. Here’s what you need to do.

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The ripe way for pears in postharvest

January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Specialist Rob Blakey makes industrywide recommendations for postharvest pear ripening.

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After loss, important postharvest research continues

January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Colleagues carry on cherry and pear postharvest projects of the late Yan Wang of Oregon State University, with some intriguing new findings.

Pear growers elect Fresh Pear Committee on Feb. 9 in Hood River

January 25th, 2018|0 Comments

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Pear growers will elect nominees for positions on the Fresh Pear Committee (FPC) of Marketing

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Finding success the cooperative way

January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

The fewer grower cooperatives packing fruit in the industry today still play crucial role.

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Want to get in on organics?

January 9th, 2018|2 Comments

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Transitioning tree fruit to organic production was the focus of a Washington State University NextGen

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Growing by the acres

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Results from Washington state questionnaire help paint picture of shifting fruit industry.

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Yes, your spray nozzles need to be replaced on a regular basis.

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Nozzle nagging

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Verification program lets growers show off their stewardship

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

A good sign for growers

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OSU names Mateus Pasa to lead cherry and pear research program

December 21st, 2017|0 Comments

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Oregon State University has named Mateus Pasa, Ph.D., as assistant professor and leader of its

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How to give away fruit

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Donations are appreciated at food banks, but some homework and forethought are advised first.

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Wenatchee district pear grower, handler nomination meeting set

November 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Pear handlers will elect nominees for a Wenatchee district grower position and a handler position on the Fresh Pear Committee of Marketing Order 927.

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Yakima district pear grower nomination meeting set

November 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Pear handlers will elect nominees for a Yakima district grower position on the Fresh Pear Committee of Marketing Order 927.

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Sprouts Farmers Market named Pear Retailer of the Year

October 24th, 2017|2 Comments

For the second straight year, the pear industry has granted the Pear Retailer of the Year honor to a Phoenix-based natural foods store.

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Underwood Fruit plans to rebuild after fire

October 20th, 2017|2 Comments

The federal government is investigating a fire that destroyed a pear packing facility in Bingen, Washington, while the company is rerouting its fruit and some of its employees to other Northwest packers.

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Stemilt will use virtual reality for tours at PMA show

October 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Those attending the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit will get a glimpse of Stemilt Growers without having to leave the conference.

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The global fire blight fight

September 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Belgian researchers at pcfruit are examining biocontrols and detection methods for fire blight.

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Conference pear challenge

September 27th, 2017|0 Comments

After going all-in with Conference pears, have Belgian growers reached a tipping point?

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Disease-seeking drone research

September 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Belgian scientists research using drones, multispectral sensors to detect fire blight in pear orchards.

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Sustainable and less sticky solutions for pear psylla

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

New pear IPM project looks at potential for biocontrols and pest repellents.

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Packers improve, impress with pears

September 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Wenatchee pear packers show Interpera group new technology on their lines.

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Customers are willing to pay a premium only on high quality, fresh sliced pears

September 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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A premium price
Recently, a willingness-to-pay study has shown that consumers are willing to pay up

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Tarrah Te Velde, a young grower from Cashmere, Washington

September 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/Tarrah works with her mother Michelle Te Velde on their family pear orchard that

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The Endicott Tree: National treasure hedged in by time and development

August 31st, 2017|2 Comments

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Hidden from view, down an embankment in an unremarkable business park north of Boston stands

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Perry, cider’s understated cousin, making its own name

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

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by Linda Weiford, WSUNews

An alcoholic beverage made from fermented pears that was a favorite drink

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Allan Bros. paces innovation

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Longtime Washington fruit company leads the way with development of new technologies, including collaboration on vacuum picker.

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New version of UC Produce Facts app released

August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Postharvest Center at the University of California, Davis has released a new version of

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Report: European apple forecast down 21 percent

August 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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The World Apple and Pear Association is forecasting a 2017 European apple crop that will

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Northwest pear growers announce 2017 fresh market volume estimate

August 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Northwest pear growers anticipate harvesting about the same volume of fresh market pears as last year, but organic production is expected to skyrocket.

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The ag advocates

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Hort Council presses on amid leadership change.

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Overcoming the pear plateau: Interpera 2017 – Video

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Growers gather to share ideas to increase production, which has been flat for the past 10 years around most of the world.

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The quest for new varieties, cold-hardy rootstock

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

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Researchers from around the world presented their latest findings regarding cold-hardy rootstocks and new varieties

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WSU Transitioning to Organic tour set for Aug. 2, 3

July 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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Washington State University and the Next Generation Tree Fruit Network will hold a pair of

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IFTA Summer Tour wraps up with focus on research, frost

July 18th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Michigan tree fruit industry is chock full of innovative growers rapidly diversifying, modernizing and

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Lake Ontario Tour shows wide range of New York tree fruit farming

July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

The only consistency on the Lake Ontario Fruit Program tour this summer was the humidity. Otherwise, the five-farm tour organized by Cornell University Cooperative Extension covered a remarkably diverse swath of tree fruit farming in a narrow band along Lake Ontario’s shores: new high density apple plantings and apple orchards far older than this reporter, along with high density peaches, berries, and a brand new cidery.

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Scholarships offered for United Fresh Washington Conference

July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

The application period for the 2017 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship is now open.

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OSU researchers develop field test for crown gall

July 11th, 2017|0 Comments

A woman can find out if she’s pregnant without going to a doctor. Soon, farmers may be able to find out if their fruit trees or grape vines have crown gall disease without going to a laboratory.

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Mite threatening honeybees in New York

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

A tiny mite is being blamed for major honeybee losses in New York, threatening the state’s $500 million agriculture industry.

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New Canadian pear varieties are fire blight tolerant

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

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A decade after a processing plant closed and persistent fire blight problems pushed many Ontario

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Interpera Congress addresses industry inertia

June 15th, 2017|0 Comments

About 150 people attended the first day of Interpera 2017, this year’s World Pear Congress meeting, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Wenatchee.

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Northwest pear growers predict smaller crop

June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Northwest pear growers are estimating a fresh crop of about 17.6 million boxes for the 2017 season, down 2 percent from last year and down 10 percent from the five-year average.

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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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Processed Pear Committee looking for public member nominations

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

The public member position of the Processed Pear Committee will be up for nomination during the committee's annual meeting.

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WSDA dedicates research greenhouse to study plant viruses

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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The newest research greenhouse in Prosser, Washington, will dramatically expedite and expand the tree fruit

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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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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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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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Cost falls to renew pear scald chemical

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Pear industry leads the way to renew growers’ access to the scald-controlling chemical.

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Native flora can attract beneficial insects to the vineyards and orchards

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Between rows, think local