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  • 112th Annual Meeting and Northwest Hort Expo

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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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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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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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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Promising progress for solid-set delivery

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

MSU research team improves system to reduce chemical waste.

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Devon Newhouse, Young Grower from Sunnyside, Washington

July 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Devon’s family started out raising cattle in the Yakima Valley, then moved into hops, tree fruit and grapes.

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Growers lay out future of family farm with succession plan

July 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Generations to follow

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New peach and nectarine varieties help Eastern growers compete

July 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Marketing challenges in the Mid-Atlantic

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Reinventing the string thinner (Video)

July 7th, 2016|0 Comments

California cling peach grower modifies Darwin for nonplanar orchards.

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Paul Bavaro, a young grower from Escalon, California

April 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Paul is a fourth-generation peach grower who’s been working with his father, Frank, on mechanization trials to help reduce labor costs and improve fruit quality.

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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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Not your grandpa’s weather vane

April 27th, 2016|0 Comments

New fruit models, seamless data boost Michigan’s Enviro-weather system.

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How to check for apple and peach bud damage

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

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Eastern growers are assessing bud damage in their peach and apple blocks after an unseasonably

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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.

  • Tree planting and irrigation work

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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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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37 varieties and counting

March 24th, 2016|2 Comments

More peach varieties coming from Paul Friday's Flamin' Fury series

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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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Testing string theory

March 16th, 2016|3 Comments

Hand-held string thinners are gaining in popularity.

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Borers make their mark

March 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Northwest growers advised to watch for American plum borer.

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Plum pox virus control zone

March 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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Getting local fruit varieties into local orchards is a particular challenge in Ontario because breeding

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New peaches show promise

March 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Ontario’s stone fruit industry collaborates for best varieties.

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Pruning cankers in the winter

February 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Winter pruning of cankers can help to reduce bacterial spot in peaches and nectarines.

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Roger Hudson, a young grower from Sanger, California

February 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Roger is a sixth-generation grower of about 180 acres of tree fruit.

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Strategies for saving water

January 22nd, 2016|2 Comments

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Growers of early-season peach varieties in California’s Central Valley may be able to conserve water

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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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Growers rebuild after plum pox

December 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Some Ontario growers have turned to wine grapes, while others are growing fresh stone fruit varieties.

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Expo preview: Growers seek peach varieties that are hardier

December 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

Thoughts on new peaches to fill in gaps during the season

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Brett Valicoff, a Young Grower from Wapato, Washington

September 30th, 2015|1 Comment

Brett Valicoff is a fourth-generation grower who returned to the farm to help plan and build a modern apple packing line in Wapato, Washington.

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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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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.

  • Jim Baird and the Cloudview Ecofarms

Ecofarm raises food awareness

August 7th, 2015|0 Comments

People want to know where their food comes from and how it’s grown, says Washington grower Jim Baird.

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Family farm puts flavor first

July 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Family Tree Farms sources new stone fruit varieties from around the world.

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Digging back into peach history

July 21st, 2015|0 Comments

The Chinese were clonally propagating peach trees at least 7,000 years ago.

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Peaches in Florida

July 21st, 2015|4 Comments

Citrus growers are diversifying into peaches.

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California cling peach growers plant more trees as prices improve

July 14th, 2015|2 Comments

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Stronger prices for cling peaches seem to have prompted California growers to plant more trees,

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Michigan peach crop is short again

July 14th, 2015|0 Comments

Second hard winter reduces Michigan peach crop, kills some trees

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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.

  • Daniel Bays

Daniel Bays, a Young Grower from Westley, California

July 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Daniel Bays is a fifth generation farmer talks with Good Fruit Grower about how the farm is dealing with drought and the possible transition to mechanized harvesting.

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Evan Kruse, Young Grower from Roseburg, Oregon

June 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Evan, a fourth generation grower who also manages a large farm market, Kruse Farms, talks with Good Fruit Grower about growing in Roseburg.

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Microwaves control brown rot

April 1st, 2015|1 Comment

Scientists in Spain showed that microwaving peaches and nectarines prevents rot without harming the fruit.

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Search continues for stinkbug predators

March 9th, 2015|1 Comment

Will brown marmorated stinkbug take hold in desert climates?