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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8 days ago
Besides “OMG it’s hot!” check out what @kprengaman had to say from the WSU #SunriseFieldDay yesterday in Wenatchee.
15 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…
22 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…
22 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…
23 days ago
RT @findtj: Today’s #IFTAontario stop wowed attendees at Botden Orchards in Georgian Bay region with this over the row recirculating spraye…
23 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…
23 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…
23 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Next stop, Bamford Family Farms in Clarksburg. Owned by @bamfordproduce , Steve Bamford said they got into the orchard busi…
23 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…
23 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…
24 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…
24 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Now for something completely different.... #iftaontario https://t.co/BMlYCmKcav
24 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
24 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…
24 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…
25 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…
25 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…
25 days ago
RT @findtj: On an afternoon #IFTAontario stop that almost didn’t happen, we learned about the intense farming required to successfully grow…
25 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…
25 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…
25 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…
25 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Learning about crop adapted spraying from @Spray_Guy Lots of variation in air-blast sprayer applications as systems change…
25 days ago
RT @kprengaman: White mesh tree guard protect from pests and winter injury. #iftaOntario https://t.co/doX7zdnkDl
25 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…
25 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…
25 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…
25 days ago
RT @findtj: Very relevant story for the person loaded down for the #IFTAontario tour. 🤣 @CanonUSApro @goodfruitgrower https://t.co/hFnW7wjI…
25 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…
25 days ago
RT @kprengaman: First stop is the Simcoe Station, the University of Guelph research farm to see Honerycrisp rootstock trial. My first intro…
25 days ago
RT @kprengaman: We are on the bus! Stay tuned for lots of tweets from #IftaOntario
25 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Putting the lake in Lake Ontario Tree Fruit 😉 https://t.co/42p6QyDZUa
25 days ago
RT @findtj: Amanda Green, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), opens the 2019 #IFTAontario tour at the Univers…
26 days ago
RT @findtj: Gearing up for #IFTAontario summer tour with @kprengaman for @goodfruitgrower! https://t.co/kO8gqojbu7
27 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…
27 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…
27 days ago
RT @rfbond007: #waterquality research continues in @WSWRA country later this summer...updates coming soon @UCD_WCFS @wifss @UCDavisResearch
29 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Toads! My autocorrect just tried to change it again. Ahhh!
29 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Grower Mark Russell explains his efforts to make sprays more efficient, including a color coded row system and an alternate…
29 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Grower Jill Mackenzie shows off her strategies to make precision cropload management more efficient, including orange cloth…
29 days ago
All roads lead to toads? Let's see what else @kprengaman and @findtj find in New York today 😀 https://t.co/G7Ae3xw83C
29 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…
29 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…
29 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…
29 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…
29 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…
29 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…
30 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The Efficient Vineyard project takes variable rate management tools for row crops and “tricks” them into working in vineyar…
30 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Making up for the early start this morning with unoaked Finger Lakes Chardonnay for lunch 😊 https://t.co/yYEygvBtz0
30 days ago
@goodfruitgrower's @kprengaman is on the road, covering today's @ASEVtweets field day near Branchport, New York.… https://t.co/VUUhJVyIvj
31 days ago
Washington #cherry growers are urged to plan postharvest spray program to control leafhoppers.… https://t.co/irdo3gREDC
45 days ago
Meet Josh Heinicke, the #GoodFruitGrower #YoungGrower featured in our July 2019 issue. Josh is the fourth generatio… https://t.co/OAhC7Jb3lU
56 days ago
Tee up to honor past tree fruit industry leaders and help support scholarships for tomorrow’s leaders at the 26th a… https://t.co/76nCEGOgD8
58 days ago
India pulls trigger on #apple tariffs. https://t.co/V4WnNJLVao
58 days ago
U.S. International Trade Commission determines American tart #cherry producers are being harmed by Turkish imports.… https://t.co/kkzkz99b48
65 days ago
Annual Yakima Pom Club #golf tournament at Apple Tree on July 25. Calling for teams and sponsors. https://t.co/rq83BF3fWH
65 days ago
Breaking with long tradition, Northwest pear processor turns down #pear price and adds to industry uncertainty.… https://t.co/jhu3Vpv1dX
67 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Rapid fire cherry research updates at @WSU_IAREC = lots of story ideas! https://t.co/BymDJWCCL5
67 days ago
RT @kprengaman: New shoots make the sugars growing fruit need, but they can also create too much shade. Pre-harvest hedging - as used in th…
67 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The precosity of this 3rd leaf Coral Champagne on G. 6 is obvious, lots of fruit on the leaders this year, @MDWhiting says.…
67 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Maybe a smaller crowd at @MDWhiting’s preharvest cherry tour since Chelan harvest has just started in some places, but stil…
70 days ago
@thecosmiccrisp, @CrunchPak and @litehousefoods announced a sweet partnership today! #apples… https://t.co/xsAiMLoZbp
73 days ago
Meet Erika Espinoza, the #GoodFruitGrower #YoungGrower featured in our June 2019 issue. Erika has worked in… https://t.co/dmC8dnppHN
76 days ago
Rainy weather in May causes significant losses for California cherry growers — on a crop that was originally estima… https://t.co/LT3FR82qNX
86 days ago
Quarantine zone for the European cherry fruit fly expands in New York. Residents in the area are urged not to trans… https://t.co/2zwbZekb4A
87 days ago
Good news for apples! Mexico lifts tariffs on U.S. apples after U.S. drops tariffs on Mexican steel and aluminum.… https://t.co/pnP2v7frQP
87 days ago
@GovInslee expands drought declaration areas as Washington’s #drought worsens. https://t.co/XuWo4vSIg5 https://t.co/BkGOXZJTZL
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Growers and industry reps predict Northwest sweet cherry crop of 236,400-tons or 23.6 million 20-pound box equivalents. #nwc…
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Thurlby: NW crop started late but coming in rapidly and it might be compressed geographically based on bloom time and growin…
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Thurlby: “We could have another 35 million box crop all over West Coast” including California and the NW states. #nwcherries…
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: California has a record cherry crop but it’s raining and expected to rain more, said West Mathison of Stemilt. #NorthwestCh…
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Michael: Wal-Mart moves 20 percent more cherries in late season if they have demos. #NorthwestCherries
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: James Michael of Northwest Cherries focusing on digital marketing to get cherries into online shopping lists for “drive-by s…
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: WSTFA has rescheduled the 2019 annual meeting to second Monday of December in Wenatchee to avoid having it day after Thanksg…
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Jon DeVaney of WSTFA: Regulators in DC are considering allocating more funding for H-2A visa program. $8 million latest sugg…
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Powers: There is talk in DC about another round of aid to offset trade losses in the neighborhood of $15 billion overall. No…
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Mark Powers of the Northwest Hort Council on tariffs. “The good news is we weren’t on China’s retaliatory list that came out…
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: B.J. Thurlby: Washington apricots will be short this year at about 3,400 tons. Last year it was 4,100 tons. Down about 21 pe…
93 days ago
@goodfruitgrower's @SwassRoss delivering the news from the WA State Fruit Commission and 5-state cherry meetings to… https://t.co/esPn8p0P1J

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 »

Get the Good Fruit Grower app

Cosmic Crisp insights: Hort Show Preview

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

8 days ago
Besides “OMG it’s hot!” check out what @kprengaman had to say from the WSU #SunriseFieldDay yesterday in Wenatchee.
15 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…
22 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…
22 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…
23 days ago
RT @findtj: Today’s #IFTAontario stop wowed attendees at Botden Orchards in Georgian Bay region with this over the row recirculating spraye…
23 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…
23 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…
23 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Next stop, Bamford Family Farms in Clarksburg. Owned by @bamfordproduce , Steve Bamford said they got into the orchard busi…
23 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…
23 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…
24 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…
24 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Now for something completely different.... #iftaontario https://t.co/BMlYCmKcav
24 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
24 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…
24 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…
25 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…
25 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…
25 days ago
RT @findtj: On an afternoon #IFTAontario stop that almost didn’t happen, we learned about the intense farming required to successfully grow…
25 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…
25 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…
25 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…
25 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Learning about crop adapted spraying from @Spray_Guy Lots of variation in air-blast sprayer applications as systems change…
25 days ago
RT @kprengaman: White mesh tree guard protect from pests and winter injury. #iftaOntario https://t.co/doX7zdnkDl
25 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…
25 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…
25 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…
25 days ago
RT @findtj: Very relevant story for the person loaded down for the #IFTAontario tour. 🤣 @CanonUSApro @goodfruitgrower https://t.co/hFnW7wjI…
25 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…
25 days ago
RT @kprengaman: First stop is the Simcoe Station, the University of Guelph research farm to see Honerycrisp rootstock trial. My first intro…
25 days ago
RT @kprengaman: We are on the bus! Stay tuned for lots of tweets from #IftaOntario
25 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Putting the lake in Lake Ontario Tree Fruit 😉 https://t.co/42p6QyDZUa
25 days ago
RT @findtj: Amanda Green, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), opens the 2019 #IFTAontario tour at the Univers…
26 days ago
RT @findtj: Gearing up for #IFTAontario summer tour with @kprengaman for @goodfruitgrower! https://t.co/kO8gqojbu7
27 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…
27 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…
27 days ago
RT @rfbond007: #waterquality research continues in @WSWRA country later this summer...updates coming soon @UCD_WCFS @wifss @UCDavisResearch
29 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Toads! My autocorrect just tried to change it again. Ahhh!
29 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Grower Mark Russell explains his efforts to make sprays more efficient, including a color coded row system and an alternate…
29 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Grower Jill Mackenzie shows off her strategies to make precision cropload management more efficient, including orange cloth…
29 days ago
All roads lead to toads? Let's see what else @kprengaman and @findtj find in New York today 😀 https://t.co/G7Ae3xw83C
29 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…
29 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…
29 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…
29 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…
29 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…
29 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…
30 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The Efficient Vineyard project takes variable rate management tools for row crops and “tricks” them into working in vineyar…
30 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Making up for the early start this morning with unoaked Finger Lakes Chardonnay for lunch 😊 https://t.co/yYEygvBtz0
30 days ago
@goodfruitgrower's @kprengaman is on the road, covering today's @ASEVtweets field day near Branchport, New York.… https://t.co/VUUhJVyIvj
31 days ago
Washington #cherry growers are urged to plan postharvest spray program to control leafhoppers.… https://t.co/irdo3gREDC
45 days ago
Meet Josh Heinicke, the #GoodFruitGrower #YoungGrower featured in our July 2019 issue. Josh is the fourth generatio… https://t.co/OAhC7Jb3lU
56 days ago
Tee up to honor past tree fruit industry leaders and help support scholarships for tomorrow’s leaders at the 26th a… https://t.co/76nCEGOgD8
58 days ago
India pulls trigger on #apple tariffs. https://t.co/V4WnNJLVao
58 days ago
U.S. International Trade Commission determines American tart #cherry producers are being harmed by Turkish imports.… https://t.co/kkzkz99b48
65 days ago
Annual Yakima Pom Club #golf tournament at Apple Tree on July 25. Calling for teams and sponsors. https://t.co/rq83BF3fWH
65 days ago
Breaking with long tradition, Northwest pear processor turns down #pear price and adds to industry uncertainty.… https://t.co/jhu3Vpv1dX
67 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Rapid fire cherry research updates at @WSU_IAREC = lots of story ideas! https://t.co/BymDJWCCL5
67 days ago
RT @kprengaman: New shoots make the sugars growing fruit need, but they can also create too much shade. Pre-harvest hedging - as used in th…
67 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The precosity of this 3rd leaf Coral Champagne on G. 6 is obvious, lots of fruit on the leaders this year, @MDWhiting says.…
67 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Maybe a smaller crowd at @MDWhiting’s preharvest cherry tour since Chelan harvest has just started in some places, but stil…
70 days ago
@thecosmiccrisp, @CrunchPak and @litehousefoods announced a sweet partnership today! #apples… https://t.co/xsAiMLoZbp
73 days ago
Meet Erika Espinoza, the #GoodFruitGrower #YoungGrower featured in our June 2019 issue. Erika has worked in… https://t.co/dmC8dnppHN
76 days ago
Rainy weather in May causes significant losses for California cherry growers — on a crop that was originally estima… https://t.co/LT3FR82qNX
86 days ago
Quarantine zone for the European cherry fruit fly expands in New York. Residents in the area are urged not to trans… https://t.co/2zwbZekb4A
87 days ago
Good news for apples! Mexico lifts tariffs on U.S. apples after U.S. drops tariffs on Mexican steel and aluminum.… https://t.co/pnP2v7frQP
87 days ago
@GovInslee expands drought declaration areas as Washington’s #drought worsens. https://t.co/XuWo4vSIg5 https://t.co/BkGOXZJTZL
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Growers and industry reps predict Northwest sweet cherry crop of 236,400-tons or 23.6 million 20-pound box equivalents. #nwc…
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Thurlby: NW crop started late but coming in rapidly and it might be compressed geographically based on bloom time and growin…
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Thurlby: “We could have another 35 million box crop all over West Coast” including California and the NW states. #nwcherries…
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: California has a record cherry crop but it’s raining and expected to rain more, said West Mathison of Stemilt. #NorthwestCh…
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Michael: Wal-Mart moves 20 percent more cherries in late season if they have demos. #NorthwestCherries
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: James Michael of Northwest Cherries focusing on digital marketing to get cherries into online shopping lists for “drive-by s…
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: WSTFA has rescheduled the 2019 annual meeting to second Monday of December in Wenatchee to avoid having it day after Thanksg…
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Jon DeVaney of WSTFA: Regulators in DC are considering allocating more funding for H-2A visa program. $8 million latest sugg…
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Powers: There is talk in DC about another round of aid to offset trade losses in the neighborhood of $15 billion overall. No…
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Mark Powers of the Northwest Hort Council on tariffs. “The good news is we weren’t on China’s retaliatory list that came out…
93 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: B.J. Thurlby: Washington apricots will be short this year at about 3,400 tons. Last year it was 4,100 tons. Down about 21 pe…
93 days ago
@goodfruitgrower's @SwassRoss delivering the news from the WA State Fruit Commission and 5-state cherry meetings to… https://t.co/esPn8p0P1J

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