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Kate Prengaman is an associate editor for Good Fruit Grower, writing articles for the print magazine and website. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental science at the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in science journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Kate joined the magazine in 2016. Prior to the Good Fruit Grower, she covered the natural resources beat for the Yakima Herald-Republic and reported environmental stories for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.  She lives in Yakima with her husband and baby girl.
Contact her at 509-853-3518 or at kate@goodfruit.com and follow her on twitter @kprengaman

My Recent Articles

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Taking on trellis with peach trees

July 11th, 2018|0 Comments

New innovations from Penn State promise increased yields, opportunity for mechanization.

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Divide to conquer pests?

June 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Boutique grower credits unconventional trellis system for pest and disease prevention.

  • Brandt's Fruit Trees apricot test orchard

Northern exposure

June 20th, 2018|0 Comments

See why Vineland apricots bred in Ontario are getting attention.

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Some promising cherry variety picks

June 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Why these sweet cherry varieties could find a place in Northwest orchards.

  • Visit to Cornell Orchards.

New potential for old apples

June 12th, 2018|2 Comments

Cider demand renews interest for growing traditional varieties in modern orchard systems.

  • Tart cherry harvest

Tart growers target Turkey

June 6th, 2018|0 Comments

U.S. tart cherry industry weighs legal challenge to low-price imports.

  • Sacramento California News - October 13, 2017

In case of smoke, take quick action

May 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

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Wine grape growers should keep insurance in mind if they see smoke on the horizon

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Small trees, big cherries?

May 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Limited release of MSU’s dwarfing rootstocks gives growers a chance to experiment.

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Promoting native plants in vineyards

May 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Will they prove worth the trouble for growers?

  • New Washington Fruit cherry line as harvest begins

Waste not wanted

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Postharvest tools, better communication can help fine-tune storage practices and improve packouts.

  • Milbrandt Vineyards' Ancient Lakes and Wahluke Slope vineyards

Should you spend now to save later?

May 10th, 2018|0 Comments

As labor costs rise, investing in vineyard mechanization will become increasingly cost-effective.

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Growers facing dilemma over drifting sprays

May 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Worker housing close to orchards may need to be vacated during pesticide applications, for now.

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Working day to data in the orchard

May 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Growers say keep it simple with data tools used to track workers.

  • Blue Mountain Farms blueberry packing

Beating the labor blues

May 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Optical sorters are cutting labor costs for blueberry packing.

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Weed eaters

April 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Herbicide resistance pushes California grape growers to try bringing back weed control strategies such as sheep and cultivation.

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New approaches needed for weed control

April 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Herbicide resistance is a threat growers need to take seriously.

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Weed worries: Herbicide-resistant species are top of mind

April 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Glyphosate-resistance is primary weed concern for wine grape growers in Washington state.

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High-res Honeycrisp

April 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Cell structure scans offer new insight into why Honeycrisp is so prone to bitter pit.

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Protect pollinators while managing diseases

March 27th, 2018|0 Comments

The fungicides needed to control bloom time disease aren’t as harmless to bees as previously thought.

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Bees may do better being kept in the dark

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

CA storage could give bees an edge in the fight against the devastating Varroa mite.

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Click thinking: High-density success depends on pruning style

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Lessons learned in Italy about benefits of click pruning could help U.S. growers.

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The worldwide view of wine from Washington : Video

March 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Speakers at the 2018 Washington Winegrowers annual convention bring big-picture perspective.

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Venture vineyardists

March 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Industry experts offer branding and marketing strategies for grape growers.

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Compost decomposed

March 19th, 2018|0 Comments

As raw manure faces food safety scrutiny, compost has become a hot commodity.

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Legal battle over Cosmic Crisp unlikely to affect availability of new trees

March 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Sources describe how dispute began

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New mindset for managing spotted wing depredation

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

High levels of pest pressure are the new reality for Michigan tart cherry growers.

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On the lookout for spotted lanternfly

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

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This beautiful bug is bad news.

The spotted lanternfly, an Asian sap sucker that feeds on

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Apple maggot quarantine saves $500 million a year

March 9th, 2018|0 Comments

New economic analysis puts a price tag on protecting Washington's maggot-free tree fruit regions.

  • WSGS Viticulture field day on August 10, 2017

More good mites wanted this year

March 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Biocontrol and low-pesticide systems appear to be working in controlling mites in vineyards.

  • Julia Kock at Klipsun Vineyard

2017 Washington wine grapes fetched high prices

March 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington wine grape growers harvested 227,000 tons in 2017, according to the Crush Report released