2016 WASHINGTON STATE HORT SHOW
We will be covering the 112th Washington State Tree Fruit Association Annual Meeting and Northwest Hort Expo on December 5-7, 2016, at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

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2 days ago
RT @kprengaman: What if growers could spray their crops without a sprayer? I learned about the latest research on solid set systems for vin…
8 days ago
The @wsubees research will have a new home in Othello, @wsucahnrs announced this week. That’s more space for bee br… https://t.co/gLstjMrI2Z
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The invasive spotted lanternfly is a threat to vineyards and a new @USDA_ARS model shows that it would be right at home in…
14 days ago
Meet Javier Valencia, the #GoodFruitGrower #YoungGrower featured in our Oct. 2019 issue. Javier is a second-genera… https://t.co/6XEIhZbI5a
21 days ago
@goodfruitgrower is looking for outstanding cover photos! Share your best images highlighting tree fruit and grape… https://t.co/bBHdLqPR3R
22 days ago
And if you missed it… read our story about the @WSUTreeFruitExt Cosmic Crisp harvest field days being held this wee… https://t.co/cLTjvSavlD
22 days ago
When is Cosmic Crisp ready to pick? See our demonstration video on how to use the Cosmic Crisp (WA 38) iodine starc… https://t.co/l3ICJ6THOg
23 days ago
It might be a challenge for growers and journalists, apparently 🤣 https://t.co/0G9uFIdqp6
34 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Air speed reaches 60mph. @findtj gets the proof as grower Travis Allan measures the airflow. https://t.co/qXG8KZ6LSh
34 days ago
RT @kprengaman: You can clearly the the difference in exposed fruit after the row on the left was defoliated with the new technology from F…
34 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Whooosh, there go the leaves! https://t.co/zCzmautd9m
34 days ago
RT @kprengaman: German company FruitTec demos their new leafing equipment in WA. Use 8-12 days before harvest improves color. https://t.co/…
35 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @iFruitTree @findtj @RedPrinceApple Plus, a live demo on the crop adapted spraying approach from @Spray_Guy https://t.co/nF…
35 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @iFruitTree @findtj And that's not all. I wrote about one family's equipment innovations https://t.co/eMhdjZJZ9h and their…
35 days ago
RT @kprengaman: I had a fabulous time in Ontario this summer, tagging along on the @iFruitTree tour. Now you can read all about it on our s…
55 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @usapples @milkovich_matt And if you missed Matt's coverage from last night, here's the big news from day 1 of the #AppleOu…
55 days ago
RT @kprengaman: U.S. 2019 apple crop forecast to be 4 percent larger than last year, according to @usapples #AppleOutlook19. @Milkovich_mat…
55 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The promise of data driven farming is often stymied by lack of connectivity for cloud computing. @Microsoft aims to change…
56 days ago
And on the West Coast, editor @kprengaman is visiting the future at @WazzuCpaas... https://t.co/LHN6qCKHmv
56 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Michael Choi: In a nutshell, China is back to normal. After an unprecedentedly bad year in 2018, the crop will be back…
56 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Talking autonomous farm vehicles at @WazzuCpaas. “Liability is a bigger hurdle than technical challenges,” says Mel Torrie…
56 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Riley: If this chart seems hard to read, it's deliberate. An example of the glut of varieties consumers have to wade th…
56 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Too many apples is the problem? Tough talk from Kroger at #AppleOutlook19 https://t.co/Cp4o3sI6tO
56 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Riley: apple consumption is declining. Too many varieties is problem. Old varieties not being phased out fast enough to…
56 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Randy Riley of Kroger: our share of apple market is 38%. #appleoutlook19
56 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: "Gala Overtakes Red Delicious" was the big headline last year. But that was just the forecast. When the actual crop cam…
56 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: BREAKING NEWS: @usapples has a hot new logo. #AppleOutlook19 https://t.co/bjJFtu7WwP
56 days ago
RT @kprengaman: New @goodfruitgrower editor @milkovich_matt is there! Stay tuned for updates. https://t.co/1jAkFBEXCu
56 days ago
@goodfruitgrower's newest team member, Michigan-based @milkovich_matt, hit the ground running for us this week and… https://t.co/SbLin5EqZB
70 days ago
Besides “OMG it’s hot!” check out what @kprengaman had to say from the WSU #SunriseFieldDay yesterday in Wenatchee.
77 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Working on my stories about the @iFruitTree Ontario tour for the Sept issue of the @goodfruitgrower and there's just too mu…
85 days ago
RT @kprengaman: This @ChudleighsFarm apple blossom is so good! And you can tell from my profile I don’t mess around with pie opinions. Amaz…
85 days ago
RT @findtj: With the 2019 #IFTAontario summer tour wrapped up, I wanted to make sure everyone who attended could download the high-res grou…
85 days ago
RT @findtj: Today’s #IFTAontario stop wowed attendees at Botden Orchards in Georgian Bay region with this over the row recirculating spraye…
85 days ago
RT @kprengaman: We’ll have detailed coverage of the issue - and the many perspectives involved - in the October Apple issue of the @goodfru…
85 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Great discussion about the phenomenon known as Sudden Apple Decline - rapid collapse of young apple trees, often on M.9 roo…
85 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Next stop, Bamford Family Farms in Clarksburg. Owned by @bamfordproduce , Steve Bamford said they got into the orchard busi…
85 days ago
RT @kprengaman: From last night: Grower Tom Ferri says if you are going to plant Ambrosia, you have to plant it close. This block is 10’x18…
85 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Well I left my phone on the bus so you’ll have to check @findtj for photos but we got to check out a lot of innovative equi…
86 days ago
RT @kprengaman: What do you do when you accidentally plant Honeycrisp on G. 890 roots at 11x2? Grower Shane Ardil says they shook the fresh…
86 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Now for something completely different.... #iftaontario https://t.co/BMlYCmKcav
86 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Our tour guide has lots of insight into the Georgian Bay apple region and lots of bad jokes about cyclists. 😳 #iftaOntario
86 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Grower Ken Denbok shares his insight into 2-leader systems but adds that standard block in the back is “How we get producti…
86 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The tree fruit media hard at work bringing you the stories (and the spray drift 😉) from the @iFruitTree Ontario tour! Starr…
87 days ago
RT @findtj: Murray Porteous: When we had a tornado of 130 km wind came through this block — using the tall spindle tipped system (TST) we d…
87 days ago
RT @NSTreeFruit: A great way to improve spray coverage is to use water sensitive spray paper. Thanks to @Spray_Guy for the live demo during…
87 days ago
RT @findtj: On an afternoon #IFTAontario stop that almost didn’t happen, we learned about the intense farming required to successfully grow…
87 days ago
RT @iFruitTree: The IFTA Summer Study Tour is underway! First day morning stops: University of Guelph, Hedges Apples and lunch in the CA st…
87 days ago
RT @findtj: #IFTAontario tour continues at Hedges Apples’ new 10,000 bin cold storage facility in Norfolk County for a tour and lunch. http…
87 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Looks like a fun extension publication from @Spray_Guy He is trying to teach applicators how to learn to optimize coverage…
87 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Learning about crop adapted spraying from @Spray_Guy Lots of variation in air-blast sprayer applications as systems change…
87 days ago
RT @kprengaman: White mesh tree guard protect from pests and winter injury. #iftaOntario https://t.co/doX7zdnkDl
87 days ago
RT @kprengaman: 4th leaf Honeycrisp block hedged 2 weeks ago. Grower Chris Hedges says these trees have been “growing like crazy since the…
87 days ago
RT @findtj: Apple grower Chris Hedges says that having helped modify older blocks, he’d never want to purchase older existing blocks again…
87 days ago
RT @kprengaman: John Cline talks about the Ontario cider apple planting. The 2015 trial is planted at the station and 4 commercial farms #i…
87 days ago
RT @findtj: Very relevant story for the person loaded down for the #IFTAontario tour. 🤣 @CanonUSApro @goodfruitgrower https://t.co/hFnW7wjI…
87 days ago
RT @findtj: @jmcextman looks over Honeycrisp on G.11 while Dr. John Cline, University of Guelph, talks about their NC-140 rootstock trials…
87 days ago
RT @kprengaman: First stop is the Simcoe Station, the University of Guelph research farm to see Honerycrisp rootstock trial. My first intro…
87 days ago
RT @kprengaman: We are on the bus! Stay tuned for lots of tweets from #IftaOntario
87 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Putting the lake in Lake Ontario Tree Fruit 😉 https://t.co/42p6QyDZUa
87 days ago
RT @findtj: Amanda Green, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), opens the 2019 #IFTAontario tour at the Univers…
88 days ago
RT @findtj: Gearing up for #IFTAontario summer tour with @kprengaman for @goodfruitgrower! https://t.co/kO8gqojbu7
89 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Also ran into some bad news from cherry growers in Western New York. @goodfruitgrower will keep following the story, for gr…
89 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Taking a break from farm visits during a NY heat wave with a delicious pippin cider at @embarkcider while @findtj is hard a…
89 days ago
RT @rfbond007: #waterquality research continues in @WSWRA country later this summer...updates coming soon @UCD_WCFS @wifss @UCDavisResearch
91 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Toads! My autocorrect just tried to change it again. Ahhh!
91 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Grower Mark Russell explains his efforts to make sprays more efficient, including a color coded row system and an alternate…
91 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Grower Jill Mackenzie shows off her strategies to make precision cropload management more efficient, including orange cloth…
91 days ago
All roads lead to toads? Let's see what else @kprengaman and @findtj find in New York today 😀 https://t.co/G7Ae3xw83C
91 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Grower Mark Russell says he’s heading toward 2D canopy, bc “Anything that’s going to make it easier for a robot to pick is…
91 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @findtj hard at work as seen through a “picker window.” Grower Mark Russell leaves tree spaces in his trellis system to mak…
91 days ago
RT @findtj: Margaret Kelly shows an updated map showing 2019 trap findings of European cherry fruit fly in New York including the commercia…
91 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Grower David Tower and horticulturist Terence Robinson discuss the benefits of a bloom thinning trial in Gala. “It was a le…
91 days ago
RT @findtj: Grower David Tower talks about his tree system trials with Mario Miranda Sazo leading off @ccecornell field day in Niagara Coun…
91 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Starting my morning off with multi-leader experiments in Western NY with grower David Tower. On a @ccecornell field day in…
92 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The Efficient Vineyard project takes variable rate management tools for row crops and “tricks” them into working in vineyar…
92 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Making up for the early start this morning with unoaked Finger Lakes Chardonnay for lunch 😊 https://t.co/yYEygvBtz0
92 days ago
@goodfruitgrower's @kprengaman is on the road, covering today's @ASEVtweets field day near Branchport, New York.… https://t.co/VUUhJVyIvj

Watch this year's Hort Show video summaries

WSTFA annual meeting — Wednesday wrapup

Day two of the WSTFA annual meeting, afternoon summary - Video

Day two of the WSTFA annual meeting, morning summary – Videos

Wrapping up day one of the WSTFA annual meeting – Video

Day 1, Washington hort show, morning summary - Video

Sessions engage Spanish speakers: Hort Show Preview

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

A succession story: 2016 Growers of the year

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

Diversity wins: 2016 Growers of the year

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

Communication is key for Zirkle sales team : 2016 Growers of the year

Staying ahead Read More »

Mega-trends in produce: Hort Show Preview

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

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Cosmic Crisp insights: Hort Show Preview

Washington beefs up education ahead of plantings of new variety. Read More »

2 days ago
RT @kprengaman: What if growers could spray their crops without a sprayer? I learned about the latest research on solid set systems for vin…
8 days ago
The @wsubees research will have a new home in Othello, @wsucahnrs announced this week. That’s more space for bee br… https://t.co/gLstjMrI2Z
10 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The invasive spotted lanternfly is a threat to vineyards and a new @USDA_ARS model shows that it would be right at home in…
14 days ago
Meet Javier Valencia, the #GoodFruitGrower #YoungGrower featured in our Oct. 2019 issue. Javier is a second-genera… https://t.co/6XEIhZbI5a
21 days ago
@goodfruitgrower is looking for outstanding cover photos! Share your best images highlighting tree fruit and grape… https://t.co/bBHdLqPR3R
22 days ago
And if you missed it… read our story about the @WSUTreeFruitExt Cosmic Crisp harvest field days being held this wee… https://t.co/cLTjvSavlD
22 days ago
When is Cosmic Crisp ready to pick? See our demonstration video on how to use the Cosmic Crisp (WA 38) iodine starc… https://t.co/l3ICJ6THOg
23 days ago
It might be a challenge for growers and journalists, apparently 🤣 https://t.co/0G9uFIdqp6
34 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Air speed reaches 60mph. @findtj gets the proof as grower Travis Allan measures the airflow. https://t.co/qXG8KZ6LSh
34 days ago
RT @kprengaman: You can clearly the the difference in exposed fruit after the row on the left was defoliated with the new technology from F…
34 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Whooosh, there go the leaves! https://t.co/zCzmautd9m
34 days ago
RT @kprengaman: German company FruitTec demos their new leafing equipment in WA. Use 8-12 days before harvest improves color. https://t.co/…
35 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @iFruitTree @findtj @RedPrinceApple Plus, a live demo on the crop adapted spraying approach from @Spray_Guy https://t.co/nF…
35 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @iFruitTree @findtj And that's not all. I wrote about one family's equipment innovations https://t.co/eMhdjZJZ9h and their…
35 days ago
RT @kprengaman: I had a fabulous time in Ontario this summer, tagging along on the @iFruitTree tour. Now you can read all about it on our s…
55 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @usapples @milkovich_matt And if you missed Matt's coverage from last night, here's the big news from day 1 of the #AppleOu…
55 days ago
RT @kprengaman: U.S. 2019 apple crop forecast to be 4 percent larger than last year, according to @usapples #AppleOutlook19. @Milkovich_mat…
55 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The promise of data driven farming is often stymied by lack of connectivity for cloud computing. @Microsoft aims to change…
56 days ago
And on the West Coast, editor @kprengaman is visiting the future at @WazzuCpaas... https://t.co/LHN6qCKHmv
56 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Michael Choi: In a nutshell, China is back to normal. After an unprecedentedly bad year in 2018, the crop will be back…
56 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Talking autonomous farm vehicles at @WazzuCpaas. “Liability is a bigger hurdle than technical challenges,” says Mel Torrie…
56 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Riley: If this chart seems hard to read, it's deliberate. An example of the glut of varieties consumers have to wade th…
56 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Too many apples is the problem? Tough talk from Kroger at #AppleOutlook19 https://t.co/Cp4o3sI6tO
56 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Riley: apple consumption is declining. Too many varieties is problem. Old varieties not being phased out fast enough to…
56 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Randy Riley of Kroger: our share of apple market is 38%. #appleoutlook19
56 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: "Gala Overtakes Red Delicious" was the big headline last year. But that was just the forecast. When the actual crop cam…
56 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: BREAKING NEWS: @usapples has a hot new logo. #AppleOutlook19 https://t.co/bjJFtu7WwP
56 days ago
RT @kprengaman: New @goodfruitgrower editor @milkovich_matt is there! Stay tuned for updates. https://t.co/1jAkFBEXCu
56 days ago
@goodfruitgrower's newest team member, Michigan-based @milkovich_matt, hit the ground running for us this week and… https://t.co/SbLin5EqZB
70 days ago
Besides “OMG it’s hot!” check out what @kprengaman had to say from the WSU #SunriseFieldDay yesterday in Wenatchee.
77 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Working on my stories about the @iFruitTree Ontario tour for the Sept issue of the @goodfruitgrower and there's just too mu…
85 days ago
RT @kprengaman: This @ChudleighsFarm apple blossom is so good! And you can tell from my profile I don’t mess around with pie opinions. Amaz…
85 days ago
RT @findtj: With the 2019 #IFTAontario summer tour wrapped up, I wanted to make sure everyone who attended could download the high-res grou…
85 days ago
RT @findtj: Today’s #IFTAontario stop wowed attendees at Botden Orchards in Georgian Bay region with this over the row recirculating spraye…
85 days ago
RT @kprengaman: We’ll have detailed coverage of the issue - and the many perspectives involved - in the October Apple issue of the @goodfru…
85 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Great discussion about the phenomenon known as Sudden Apple Decline - rapid collapse of young apple trees, often on M.9 roo…
85 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Next stop, Bamford Family Farms in Clarksburg. Owned by @bamfordproduce , Steve Bamford said they got into the orchard busi…
85 days ago
RT @kprengaman: From last night: Grower Tom Ferri says if you are going to plant Ambrosia, you have to plant it close. This block is 10’x18…
85 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Well I left my phone on the bus so you’ll have to check @findtj for photos but we got to check out a lot of innovative equi…
86 days ago
RT @kprengaman: What do you do when you accidentally plant Honeycrisp on G. 890 roots at 11x2? Grower Shane Ardil says they shook the fresh…
86 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Now for something completely different.... #iftaontario https://t.co/BMlYCmKcav
86 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Our tour guide has lots of insight into the Georgian Bay apple region and lots of bad jokes about cyclists. 😳 #iftaOntario
86 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Grower Ken Denbok shares his insight into 2-leader systems but adds that standard block in the back is “How we get producti…
86 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The tree fruit media hard at work bringing you the stories (and the spray drift 😉) from the @iFruitTree Ontario tour! Starr…
87 days ago
RT @findtj: Murray Porteous: When we had a tornado of 130 km wind came through this block — using the tall spindle tipped system (TST) we d…
87 days ago
RT @NSTreeFruit: A great way to improve spray coverage is to use water sensitive spray paper. Thanks to @Spray_Guy for the live demo during…
87 days ago
RT @findtj: On an afternoon #IFTAontario stop that almost didn’t happen, we learned about the intense farming required to successfully grow…
87 days ago
RT @iFruitTree: The IFTA Summer Study Tour is underway! First day morning stops: University of Guelph, Hedges Apples and lunch in the CA st…
87 days ago
RT @findtj: #IFTAontario tour continues at Hedges Apples’ new 10,000 bin cold storage facility in Norfolk County for a tour and lunch. http…
87 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Looks like a fun extension publication from @Spray_Guy He is trying to teach applicators how to learn to optimize coverage…
87 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Learning about crop adapted spraying from @Spray_Guy Lots of variation in air-blast sprayer applications as systems change…
87 days ago
RT @kprengaman: White mesh tree guard protect from pests and winter injury. #iftaOntario https://t.co/doX7zdnkDl
87 days ago
RT @kprengaman: 4th leaf Honeycrisp block hedged 2 weeks ago. Grower Chris Hedges says these trees have been “growing like crazy since the…
87 days ago
RT @findtj: Apple grower Chris Hedges says that having helped modify older blocks, he’d never want to purchase older existing blocks again…
87 days ago
RT @kprengaman: John Cline talks about the Ontario cider apple planting. The 2015 trial is planted at the station and 4 commercial farms #i…
87 days ago
RT @findtj: Very relevant story for the person loaded down for the #IFTAontario tour. 🤣 @CanonUSApro @goodfruitgrower https://t.co/hFnW7wjI…
87 days ago
RT @findtj: @jmcextman looks over Honeycrisp on G.11 while Dr. John Cline, University of Guelph, talks about their NC-140 rootstock trials…
87 days ago
RT @kprengaman: First stop is the Simcoe Station, the University of Guelph research farm to see Honerycrisp rootstock trial. My first intro…
87 days ago
RT @kprengaman: We are on the bus! Stay tuned for lots of tweets from #IftaOntario
87 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Putting the lake in Lake Ontario Tree Fruit 😉 https://t.co/42p6QyDZUa
87 days ago
RT @findtj: Amanda Green, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), opens the 2019 #IFTAontario tour at the Univers…
88 days ago
RT @findtj: Gearing up for #IFTAontario summer tour with @kprengaman for @goodfruitgrower! https://t.co/kO8gqojbu7
89 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Also ran into some bad news from cherry growers in Western New York. @goodfruitgrower will keep following the story, for gr…
89 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Taking a break from farm visits during a NY heat wave with a delicious pippin cider at @embarkcider while @findtj is hard a…
89 days ago
RT @rfbond007: #waterquality research continues in @WSWRA country later this summer...updates coming soon @UCD_WCFS @wifss @UCDavisResearch
91 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Toads! My autocorrect just tried to change it again. Ahhh!
91 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Grower Mark Russell explains his efforts to make sprays more efficient, including a color coded row system and an alternate…
91 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Grower Jill Mackenzie shows off her strategies to make precision cropload management more efficient, including orange cloth…
91 days ago
All roads lead to toads? Let's see what else @kprengaman and @findtj find in New York today 😀 https://t.co/G7Ae3xw83C
91 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Grower Mark Russell says he’s heading toward 2D canopy, bc “Anything that’s going to make it easier for a robot to pick is…
91 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @findtj hard at work as seen through a “picker window.” Grower Mark Russell leaves tree spaces in his trellis system to mak…
91 days ago
RT @findtj: Margaret Kelly shows an updated map showing 2019 trap findings of European cherry fruit fly in New York including the commercia…
91 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Grower David Tower and horticulturist Terence Robinson discuss the benefits of a bloom thinning trial in Gala. “It was a le…
91 days ago
RT @findtj: Grower David Tower talks about his tree system trials with Mario Miranda Sazo leading off @ccecornell field day in Niagara Coun…
91 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Starting my morning off with multi-leader experiments in Western NY with grower David Tower. On a @ccecornell field day in…
92 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The Efficient Vineyard project takes variable rate management tools for row crops and “tricks” them into working in vineyar…
92 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Making up for the early start this morning with unoaked Finger Lakes Chardonnay for lunch 😊 https://t.co/yYEygvBtz0
92 days ago
@goodfruitgrower's @kprengaman is on the road, covering today's @ASEVtweets field day near Branchport, New York.… https://t.co/VUUhJVyIvj

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