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WSTFA annual meeting — Wednesday wrapup

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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Farm transfer planning and lending were the topics in one Wednesday morning session about “Future

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Day 1, Washington hort show, morning summary – Video

December 5th, 2016|0 Comments

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Speakers hammered away at the theme of “change” to kick off the 112th annual meeting

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Washington State hires tree fruit extension specialist

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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Washington State University has hired Rob Blakey for an endowed position as tree fruit extension

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Meeting date changed for Washington/ Oregon Processed Pear nominations

November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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The meeting date for nominations for grower and handler positions for the Washington/Oregon Processed Pear

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Matson leads industry in automated cold storage technology — Video

November 17th, 2016|0 Comments

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Pallets stand five racks high, cramped, dark and sci-fi eerie. Robotic cranes, guided by lasers

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Share your know-how and grow-how — Great Lakes Expo preview

November 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Expert view: Individual growers must take on customer fears about GMOs and chemicals.

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Creators of vacuum harvester aim to have machines ready in 2018

November 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

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A vacuum apple harvester under development by a California company has shown it can see

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The long and tricky path to automated picking — Video

October 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Vacuum picker under development brings the apple industry closer than ever to automating harvest.

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WSTFA annual meeting 2016: How continuous change forces adaptation

October 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Why change now? A Good Point by Sam Godwin

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Northwest Farm Credit Services gives positive report on region’s tree fruit and wine grapes crops

October 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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Northwest Farm Credit Services, the lending cooperative, reports a positive outlook for tree fruit and

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Wal-Mart weighs in on food safety

October 6th, 2016|2 Comments

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Illnesses caused by foodborne pathogens are becoming much easier to track and investigate, and new

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Monica Libbey, Young Grower from Manson, Washington

October 3rd, 2016|2 Comments

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family background/ Both sides of Monica’s family have long histories farming in the Chelan Valley,

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Let there be light on pears

September 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Two Washington pear growers try to bring light to lower canopies with trees on Y-trellises.

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In the hunt for cold-hardy pears

September 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

A Vermont organic grower is evaluating 84 pear varieties as cold-hardy rootstock candidates.

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Pear industry continues push for more pear conditioning

September 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Persistent conditions

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Central Washington pear grower innovates, adapts

September 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Rudy Prey of Leavenworth, Washington, does things with his pear trees that not all, or even most growers, do.

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The big push for a dwarfing rootstock

September 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Amelanchier rootstock continues to exceed expectations, while cold-hardy quince candidates have been narrowed to 14 accessions.

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Dhingra: The age of the pear

September 14th, 2016|2 Comments

The pear industry has unlimited potential and is ripe for a revolution

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Fresh pear industry pushes for stand-up “pouch” bags

September 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Grab and go for consumer convenience

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Jared Gidley, Young Grower from Parkdale, Oregon

September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Jared is a first-generation farmer who worked several orchard jobs growing up in Parkdale, Oregon.

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Northwest organic pear growers opt out of assessments

August 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Organic Pearxit

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Promising progress for solid-set delivery

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

MSU research team improves system to reduce chemical waste.

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2016 NW Pear harvest forecast: big but not a record

August 9th, 2016|0 Comments

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Northwest pear growers expect to harvest 18.9 million 44-pound box equivalents in 2016 for the

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Pear emojis may be the next thing to spur fruit sales

July 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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Sometimes a smiley face just doesn’t convey your emotions. Maybe you feel a little …

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Fresh pear assessment remains steady through 2017

June 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Pear growers will keep their same assessment rate of 44.9 cents per box for the

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Pear growers again hold the line on marketing assessment

June 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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For the fifth year straight, the assessment charged to growers for the federal marketing order

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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.