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Thurlby: Hot for cherries

May 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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After record-setting heat in 2015, cherry growers look to new year.

Another Northwest cherry season is

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Stoking the North American cherry market

May 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Cherry marketing: “awareness, awareness, awareness.”

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Cherry optimism

May 13th, 2016|0 Comments

California cherry growing conditions are tough, but growers are tougher.

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Rain in California drops cherry estimate

May 13th, 2016|0 Comments

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Heavy rains in early May have significantly lowered the estimate of California’s sweet cherry crop.

As

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Making the most of cidermania

May 12th, 2016|1 Comment

Marketers changing strategies to meet growing consumer demand.

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Bringing workers north to Canada

May 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Canadian farm labor program reaches 50-year milestone.

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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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Monitoring the dump tank

April 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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The increasing emphasis on food safety means changes are ahead for tree fruit packing houses.

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Honeycrisp from Chile coming to U.S.

April 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Honeybear Brands of Minnesota bringing in its largest crop from South America plantings.

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New website for U.S. Apple

April 25th, 2016|0 Comments

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The U.S. Apple Association has released a new, mobile-friendly website at usapple.org.

The website continues to

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Feds approve Lewis-Clark Valley AVA

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

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The federal government has approved a new wine grape appellation in the Northwest: the Lewis-Clark

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Wade: Free trade should include fair trade

April 19th, 2016|0 Comments

A Good Fruit Grower good point by Mike Wade, USApple chairman

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Ambrosia surge

April 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Marketing minds meet their apple match with increasing number of varieties.

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Help for growers both big and small

March 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Third-generation Maine grower finds conference helps with growing U-pick business.

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Uncorked potential with wine on tap

March 23rd, 2016|1 Comment

Companies cater to restaurants that don’t want to waste a whole bottle on a single pour.

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Allen: My thanks to growers supporting food safety research

March 17th, 2016|0 Comments

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“One bad apple will spoil the barrel” is almost as familiar as the saying “an

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California council schedules June MRL workshop

March 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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The California Specialty Crops Council will hold its 2016 MRL Harmonization Workshop June 1-2 in

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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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Dealing with apple maggot in yard waste

March 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Study shows apple maggot pupae can be killed in yard waste, but more research is needed.

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Hansen: Wine grapes — An IPM success story

March 1st, 2016|3 Comments

Integrated pest management research has saved Washington’s wine grape growers millions in pesticide costs.

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The blue wave

February 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Blueberries have made big gains with consumers, but there are signs growers should be cautious.

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Consumers will not tire of new varieties, Washington grower tells IFTA conference

February 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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Fruit growers need look no further than the beverage aisle at their local convenience store

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WSU’s WA 2 apple will be re-launched and marketed as Sunrise Magic.

February 9th, 2016|0 Comments

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Washington State University’s WA 2 apple will be marketed as Sunrise Magic, the university announced

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Video: Pear Bureau Northwest new website focuses on pear sales

February 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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Pear Bureau Northwest has launched a redesigned trade website focused on the business of pears

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IFTA conference opens in Grand Rapids, celebrates “moneymaker” apple varieties

February 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Tree fruit growers from all over the world have converged on

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California winery at home in Washington

February 4th, 2016|0 Comments

A blind tasting of wines brought Duckhorn Wine Company to Washington.

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International cherry challenges

February 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

China’s economic struggles may make for a difficult cherry export year.

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Hansen: Building a world-class wine research program

January 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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It’s a new era for viticulture and enology research in Washington.

Washington’s wine industry has started

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Seeking retail space

January 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Retail space is at a premium, with growth in the number of products and organics.

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Food safety research focuses on packing

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Scientists hope to reduce food safety risks in Washington apple packing houses.

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Gathering data for food safety

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Research will help inform the FDA and producers as the Food Safety Modernization Act is implemented.

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Table grape potential in Washington

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Table grapes grow well in eastern Washington and could be popular in niche markets.

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Impact of imports

January 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Fresh apples, pears and sweet cherries hold their own for U.S. producers.

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Does it profit to grow for direct-market?

January 7th, 2016|1 Comment

Growers can sell for a higher price, but they also face higher overhead and labor costs.

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Wine growth stays strong

January 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Acreage, production and prices continue to increase in Washington.

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Big supply of juice grapes = low prices

January 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Juice grape prices are likely to remain flat this year, but 2017 could be brighter for growers.

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Strong start for 2015 apple crop

January 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Prices going up after Washington growers harvest third-largest crop ever.

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Mexico to impose duties on U.S. apples

January 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Mexican government is imposing provisional duties on most U.S. apple exports, beginning Jan. 7,

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Cherries and apples fuel demand for U.S. food in China

December 30th, 2015|2 Comments

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Chinese online shoppers love American food, with U.S. cherries and apples among the most popular

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Benefits of the TPP

December 28th, 2015|2 Comments

Eliminating tariff rates on tree fruit is a trade policy objective of the Northwest Horticultural Council. TPP furthers this objective.

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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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73rd Annual Cherry Institute opens on Jan. 15 in Yakima

November 25th, 2015|0 Comments

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The 73rd annual Cherry Institute begins January 15 at the Yakima Convention Center with an

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Asia-Pacific wine regulators meet to develop wine trade

November 16th, 2015|0 Comments

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More than 80 wine regulators and wine industry representatives from 17 Pacific Rim economies met

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More profits from Concords

November 13th, 2015|0 Comments

Experimental design doubled Concord grape yields last year.

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Coming in January: Nominations for WA Cherry Marketing Committee

November 4th, 2015|0 Comments

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Nominations for grower and handler positions on the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee will take place

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New York Times says new varieties seek to dominate $3b apple industry

November 4th, 2015|0 Comments

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The New York Times gives a detailed account of competition among new varieties to dominate

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Pear Bureau’s Kennedy honored among produce industry young leaders

November 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

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Pear Bureau Northwest, the non-profit marketing organization that represents the 1,600 pear growers of Oregon

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Washington still holds the organic edge

October 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Although Europe has extensive organic acreage, much of it is not very productive.

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Before you push trees

October 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Older orchards can be repurposed to new uses or topworked to new varieties.