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Books introduce kids to farming

August 29th, 2015|0 Comments

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Octane Press, a publisher based in Austin, Texas, is producing a line of books aimed

ReTain registered for double dose

August 28th, 2015|0 Comments

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new label for the growth regulator ReTain

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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.

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Results rise with adjuvants

August 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Bread yeast shows potential for improving pesticide performance.

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Hedging to improve quality

August 26th, 2015|0 Comments

A Washington grower-packer foresees multiple benefits from mechanical pruning.

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A pear a day…

August 25th, 2015|0 Comments

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Pears could have multiple health benefits, according to preliminary research at the North Dakota State

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Help with hedging

August 25th, 2015|0 Comments

When can mechanical pruning be done and will it increase fruit sunburn?

C&O Nursery restructures management

August 24th, 2015|0 Comments

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The board of C&O Nursery in Wenatchee, Washington, has restructured management of the company.

Todd Snyder,

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Growers transition to fresh market apples

August 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Growers are moving from processing to fresh apple varieties, but it takes time.

Processed apples have a future

August 20th, 2015|0 Comments

While fresh is all the rage, processing varieties won’t disappear overnight—and maybe never.

Robert Snyder 1921–2015

August 19th, 2015|0 Comments

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Robert Snyder, a former partner at C&O Nursery in Wenatchee, Washington, died June 19 at

Embrace wine diversity

August 19th, 2015|0 Comments

A veteran winemaker gives tips on making wines from cool and warm sites.

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Warm and cool site challenges

August 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Yield management is critical when growing Cabernet Sauvignon in a cool site.

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A new way of life

August 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Derek Way and his family are leaving their bucolic life in Pasco to move to a major city in China.

Friend of the Young Child

August 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Darrell Collins earned the title by helping young Hispanic students learn English.

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Safe product repels drosophila

August 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Butyl anthranilate also deters egg laying by spotted wing drosophila flies.

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Apple consumption needs a boost

August 11th, 2015|1 Comment

More resources should be devoted to promoting Washington apples, an economist says.

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SnapDragon lacks vigor

August 11th, 2015|0 Comments

New variety has a snappy flavor, but is no dragon when it comes to tree growth.

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Should domestic apple promotions be revived?

August 7th, 2015|0 Comments

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It’s been a decade since the Washington Apple Commission ended its domestic promotion program, after

Developing tomorrow’s workforce

August 7th, 2015|0 Comments

WSU is working with the tree fruit industry to address its increasing need for qualified employees.

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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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FairWeigh system for fair pay

August 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

WSU develops in-the-field weighing system for picking buckets.

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Manuel Martinez Jr., a Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

August 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

Four months out of Wenatchee Valley College, Manuel talks with Good Fruit Grower about why he pursued a career in farming and orchard management.

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Magic water

August 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

Electrolyzed water is making waves in storage and packing house sanitation.

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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|0 Comments

Citrus growers are diversifying into peaches.

In The Box: Arctic answers

July 15th, 2015|0 Comments

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Dear Good Fruit Grower,

We’d like to address a few points raised by Mike Willett of

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California cling peach growers plant more trees as prices improve

July 14th, 2015|1 Comment

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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.

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Russian closure slows pear exports

July 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Russia had been importing almost half a million boxes of U.S. pears.

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Stinging nettle is beneficial

July 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Nettles provide habitat for natural enemies of pests.

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Processed pears bring record prices

July 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Growers and canners are pleased with outcome.

Low snow spells trouble

July 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

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Months ago, I saw it coming. Crossing Snoqualmie Pass in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, I drove

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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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Pear production stays stable

July 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Northwest growers forecast another manageable crop.

Spray guide offers tree row volume spraying tips

June 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

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The 2015 New Jersey Commercial Tree Fruit Production Guide devotes six pages to the subject

Matching the spray to the tree

June 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

As canopy volume has decreased, growers would like to use less pesticide.

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Those rotten Honeycrisp

June 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Among the cultivar’s many problem features is exceptional susceptibility to fruit rots.

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How to manage young Honeycrisp

June 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Crop load management is critical for return bloom and good tree growth.

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Reds still dominate apple exports

June 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Club varieties are too expensive when freight and duties are added.

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Ambrosia restrictions to end

June 18th, 2015|0 Comments

By 2019, Ambrosia will be an open variety in both the United States and Canada. But it won’t do well in all locations, growers are warned.

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A direct link to consumers

June 18th, 2015|0 Comments

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Direct marketers—those folks, mostly in the East, who sell most of the fruit they grow

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Clubs are changing how apples are marketed — and priced

June 16th, 2015|0 Comments

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The Honeycrisp apple is a Cinderella story. A somewhat homely apple, almost rejected from its

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Clubs exclude many growers

June 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Varieties are managed to create a controlled scarcity of product.

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New apple varieties excite consumers

June 9th, 2015|0 Comments

But there's not room in the grocery store for all the contenders.

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Apple varieties from A to Z

June 8th, 2015|0 Comments

Sink your teeth into this alphabet of apples

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Optimize water use with Irrigation Scheduler

June 4th, 2015|0 Comments

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Irrigation management is especially critical during drought years, when reduced mountain snowpack results in

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Evan Kruse, Young Grower from Roseburg, Oregon

June 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / Roseburg, Oregon
age / 34
crops /  Diversified farm with fruits and hay
business / Kruse