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Montana cherry growers save the best till last

May 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

For many years, Montana sweet cherries were marketed as the tail end of the Washington State crop, not having much of an identity of their own. But more recently, growers in Montana have worked to project a better image of what they think are better cherries and to get a better price for them.

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WSU team taking on cherry disease

May 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Little cherry virus 2 is spread by mealybugs

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Calcium improves cherry quality

May 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Calcium in field sprays and added to cooling water reduced pitting and improved cherry firmness.

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California expects a moderate cherry crop

May 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Maturity was running a week ahead of normal, minimizing any overlap with the Northwest cherry season.

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Why go with Arctic GMO apple?

May 18th, 2015|3 Comments

There are apple varieties that naturally don’t turn brown.

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Nick Hammond, Young Grower from The Dalles, Oregon

May 12th, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / The Dalles, Oregon
age / 32
crops / Cherries
business / Foreman for Curtis Orchards
other experience

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New farm-worker housing opens

May 7th, 2015|0 Comments

The Cashmere, Washington, facility can house 200 people.

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Sharing workers saves costs

May 7th, 2015|0 Comments

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Small growers who can’t justify the high costs of employing foreign guest workers through the

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H-2A is doable – with help

May 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Get the housing and transportation parts right, growers advise.

Make sure workers are happy

May 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Supervisors must treat them with dignity and respect.

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Is organic fruit growth on the horizon?

May 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Will demand keep up with expanding organic tree fruit production?

  • Julia Kock at Klipsun Vineyard

Vintage variation in the vineyard

May 5th, 2015|0 Comments

There’s no room for error in a cool vintage.

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Lowering injuries by reducing ladder work

May 5th, 2015|0 Comments

The shift to pedestrian orchards gives workers a safer footing.

Dealing with DACA

May 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Programs allow undocumented workers to defer deportation, but present pitfalls for employers.

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Child care could expand labor pool

May 5th, 2015|1 Comment

Providing child care could allow women to work more hours.

Litigation lurks

May 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Attorneys are looking for opportunities to sue, says a grower who’s spent years fighting a frivolous lawsuit.

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Labor flow changes direction

May 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Changes in Mexico are reducing the pool of workers available to U.S. growers.

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Chelsea Durfey, Young Grower from Sunnyside, Washington

April 30th, 2015|1 Comment

I’ve had so many mentors... They’ve taught me about pruning, soil biology, bees, products, and applications, and there’s so much yet for me to learn.

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Jack Edwin Jones: 1941-2015

April 30th, 2015|0 Comments

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Jack Jones, grower and entrepreneur from Quincy, Washington, was known for doing things in a

Michigan Association of Pomesters honor Klein

April 30th, 2015|0 Comments

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Joe Klein Sr., owner of Royal J. Klein and Son Orchard of Sparta, Michigan, has

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Brunner named Apple Citizen

April 30th, 2015|0 Comments

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Dr. Jay Brunner, who has played a key role in the transition to softer pest

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Extracting goodness

April 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Sales are growing for varietal grape seed oils and flours made from pomace.

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New cools of the trade

April 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Secondary chillers are replacing conventional storage cooling systems.

Reducing water usage

April 24th, 2015|1 Comment

E & J Gallo reduced its winery water usage by 25 percent.

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Getting the most from compost

April 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Think years, not weeks, when calculating nitrogen release from compost.

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Branching experiment results in more feathers

April 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Treatments with Promalin or MaxCel put more branches on young apple trees.

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Understand key roles of roots

April 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Knowing more about what’s below ground might translate into improved yields and better informed management decisions.

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Six steps to good orchard site preparation

April 20th, 2015|0 Comments

It’s important to prepare your surface soil the right way before planting.

Wine wastewater permits are coming

April 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Final rules for Washington State wineries expected by next spring.

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Turning pomace into compost

April 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Walla Walla Community College hopes to show wineries how to compost their wine leftovers.

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Beating the competition to help new plantings

April 16th, 2015|0 Comments

In young orchards, good weed control is essential for fast, early growth and high yields.

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Promising pear rootstocks

April 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Researchers study Amelanchier and quince selections as pear rootstocks for Pacific Northwest.

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Demand is strong for Geneva rootstocks

April 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Nurseries and growers have much to learn about the newer ones.

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Pedro Cuevas Jr., Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

April 15th, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / Royal City, Washington
age / 25
crops / Cherries, apples
business / Part owner of Rancho

Keep varieties updated

April 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Orchards need to be renovated to produce the kind of fruit that’s in demand.

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Rootstocks under trial

April 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Geneva rootstocks might be less vigorous in Washington.

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Apple box label collection is packer's passion

April 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Bob Price has one of the country’s largest collections of apple box labels.

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Canners need Bartletts

April 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Grandy closes almost 20 years as manager of pear bargaining group by sealing a three-year contract with record prices for growers.

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Irrigation effects on wine

April 14th, 2015|1 Comment

Deficit irrigation enhances color and fruitiness of wines.

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Honeycrisp is still an enigma

April 14th, 2015|0 Comments

Growers have yet to unlock the horticultural secrets of growing Honeycrisp in a warm climate.

Don Mercer to be inducted into Wine Hall of Fame

April 13th, 2015|0 Comments

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Horse Heaven Hills pioneer Don Mercer will be inducted in the Legend of Washington Hall

Another record harvest for wine grapes

April 13th, 2015|0 Comments

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Washington State’s 2014 wine grape harvest was the largest on record and posted the third

Washington fruit commission representatives reappointed

April 13th, 2015|0 Comments

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Mike Wade of Wenatchee has been reappointed as a representative of the Washington State Fruit

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Automated pruning with robotics

April 13th, 2015|0 Comments

Robots can follow pruning rules as well as humans, but a key was writing the rules.

Apple specialist retires

April 13th, 2015|0 Comments

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Leslie Huffman, apple specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, retired

Kennewick packer earns certification

April 5th, 2015|0 Comments

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Columbia Fresh Packing, an apple and cherry packer in Kennewick, Washington, has received U.S. Department

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Good to Know: Maintain good soil structure

April 4th, 2015|0 Comments

Weed mulch plus gypsum keep surface soil soft, permeable, and well-aerated

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New Zealand wind machine is now available in U.S.

April 4th, 2015|0 Comments

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A portable wind machine developed and manufactured in New Zealand is now being distributed in the

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Soil moisture can be depleted by spring

April 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

“In years when we have dry winters, you may need both a fall and early spring irrigation.” — Hemant Gohil

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Soil moisture critical at bud break

April 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

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Even a two-week delay in filling up the soil profile in early spring when vines