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Problematic pairings with Geneva 935

January 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Certain scion strains show mysterious tree decline symptoms when combined with Geneva 935 rootstocks.

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British Columbia’s government replant program aims at farm renewal

January 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Program's not just about new varieties, it's replanting recharged

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Growers to vote on keeping pear marketing order

January 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Pear decision ahead for Pacific Northwest growers

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Cuban farms: Making virtue from necessity

January 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Shortages of fuel, chemicals and machinery make Cuban farms organic but not efficient.

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Cuba’s next chapter? Not so fast

January 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Politics and Cuba’s own challenges make the island a distant prospect for tree fruit growers.

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Insider tips to avoid growing an $8 box of fruit

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Success from tree to market

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Trade questions loom as 2017 begins

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Focus for the year ahead is keeping current markets open while the U.S. tree fruit industry awaits the president-elect’s actions on trade.

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Wine industry leaders, growers team up to discuss policy agenda

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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Grape growers, winemakers and retailers want to speak in a more unified voice when sharing

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Concord grape prices still disappoint

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Low prices continue, though juice grape growers haul in good production.

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Wine grape industry continues hot growth

January 4th, 2017|0 Comments

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September U.S. wine sales rose from $3.3 billion to $3.7 billion, helping set an annual

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Nick Ferrari, Young Grower from Linden, California

December 30th, 2016|1 Comment

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family background/ Fourth-generation farmer in the San Joaquin Valley. Nick has volunteered with several young

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How does smoke affect wine grapes?

December 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Researcher tests the effects of wildfire smoke on grapes and wine

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Industry groups lend plenty of opportunities for growers to get involved

December 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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In Washington’s tree fruit industry, three state commissions, four federal marketing orders, numerous nonprofit associations

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Finding the right people

December 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Orchards and packing houses aren’t the only places in the fruit industry with a labor shortage. Universities also are struggling to hire researchers and educators needed to keep the industry ahead of pest pressures, prepared for food safety requirements, growing new varieties and in tune with emerging technology.

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B.C. pest management strategies build on deep roots

December 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Traps throughout Fred Steele’s orchard in Kelowna are the first line of defense against a horde of new pests that growers in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley face.

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The GMO apple has arrived

December 27th, 2016|5 Comments

“It’s not going away,” says Neal Carter of Okanagan Specialty Fruit.

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Tracking fire blight

December 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

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This past summer, a team of researchers armed with scissors walked through a North Central

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RosBREED, part II

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Consumers want great tasting fruit with few or no blemishes. Growers want that, too, but

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Cold-hardy apple variety draws interest for hard ciders

December 21st, 2016|0 Comments

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Sometimes good things come in large packages.

For the owner of a small orchard in New

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WSU Extension plans 2017 winter tree fruit programs

December 15th, 2016|0 Comments

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Tree fruit producers and industry professionals are invited to five WSU Tree Fruit Extension Programs

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2017 Cherry Institute will be held Jan. 20 — Pear, WSFC nominations at annual meetings

December 14th, 2016|0 Comments

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The 74th annual Cherry Institute is set for Jan. 20, 2017, at the Yakima Convention

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Cosmic Crisp to be grown overseas: Hort Show Preview

December 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Some Washington producers are caught off guard by international propagation plans for WA 38.

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Introducing our Spanish website

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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I’m pleased to announce that Good Fruit Grower has launched a Spanish language website, www.goodfruit.com/es.

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A succession story: 2016 Growers of the year

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Bill and Mark Zirkle credit teamwork for company’s growth and fruitful legacy.

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Diversity wins: 2016 Growers of the year

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Blueberries, wine grapes are among Zirkle Fruit’s most recent endeavors.

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Orchards under cover: Hort Show Preview

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

In early study results, WSU researchers find multiple benefits to netting fruit trees.

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Mega-trends in produce: Hort Show Preview

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Wal-Mart executive explains why growers are now serving "purposeful" consumers.

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Cosmic Crisp insights: Hort Show Preview

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Washington beefs up education ahead of plantings of new variety.

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Sessions engage Spanish speakers: Hort Show Preview

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Spanish presentation topics at WSTFA annual meeting range from pesticide handling to economics.

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Tree fruit technology roadmap : Hort Show Preview

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

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“Continuous Change,” the theme of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association 112th Annual Meeting, is

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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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Jesus Ramos, Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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family background/ Jesus, son of Javier and Irma Ramos, is the first in his immediate

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Center for Produce Safety awards research grants

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Center for Produce Safety has awarded more than $2 million toward 10 new research

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Oviedo is new regulatory information specialist at NHC

November 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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Marisol Oviedo is the new regulatory information specialist for the Northwest Horticultural Council.

Oviedo has a

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Prengaman joins Good Fruit Grower

November 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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Kate Prengaman, an award-winning science writer, has been named associate editor of Good Fruit Grower.

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Oregon viticulturist tests, uses drone technology — Video

November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Chad Vargas demonstrates his modified DJI Phantom 4 drone from the back of his truck.

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Spraying with precision — Video

November 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Cornell researcher offers tips for making your grandfather’s sprayer more effective, but says precision sprayers are the future.

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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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Gripper’s gentle touch

November 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Pneumatic air-controlled gripper may lend itself to robotic fruit harvest.

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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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Pierre Paradis, Young Grower from Silverton, Oregon

October 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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family background / Pierre is the son of Peter and Donna Paradis, who were among

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Growers who innovate in the Golden State

October 28th, 2016|0 Comments

California apple growers hang in there and invest with focus on fresh market.

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Fighting fire blight

October 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Antibiotics and Apogee continue to top the list of control products.

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Thinning without carbaryl

October 21st, 2016|2 Comments

Darwin thinning followed by MaxCel application shows promise for Galas and Honeycrisps.

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Growing with Pazazz

October 20th, 2016|0 Comments

New York grower Dan Pettit shares his experience growing Honeybear Brands’ latest club variety.

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Beating bitter pit in Honeycrisp

October 19th, 2016|0 Comments

The key lies in combining foliar calcium sprays with reduced potassium fertilization.

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Why gaps are money losers

October 14th, 2016|0 Comments

The quicker you fill the space on a trellis, the more sunlight is captured in the canopy.