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Kate PrengamanKate 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 two daughters.

Contact her at 509-853-3518 or at and follow her on twitter @kprengaman

My Recent Articles

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WA Grape Society annual meeting highlights

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Topics include smoke taint and some good news for Concord grape growers

  • Cabernet grape sucker thinning at Mercer Estates

Rise of the machines: Are you ready to mechanize? – Video

October 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Near-fully mechanized vineyards are leading the way to premium wine grapes.

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EverCrisp: A club for everyone

October 10th, 2018|1 Comment

EverCrisp apple’s open managed approach is getting enthusiastic marks from Midwest and Mid-Atlantic growers.

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Multileader makeover from old Red Delicious orchards

October 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Grafting old blocks trained to multileader systems brings high density without high replanting costs.

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Virginia is for wine lovers

September 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Vineyard acreage is expanding to keep up with state’s wine industry, now valued at $1.37 billion.

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Vineyard sprayers: Applying knowledge

August 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Washington State University sprayer evaluation helps growers optimize vineyard sprayer performance.

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A high-tech ball for berries

August 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Berry Impact Recording Device rides along for harvest, packing.

  • Bird control technology

Battling birds with lights, sounds : Videos

August 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Makers of new noise and laser deterrents promise birds won’t habituate to the technology.

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Making history in the growing at Penn State

July 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center celebrates 100 years of supporting growers.

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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

  • Canoe Ridge Vineyard plantings

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.

  • Washington IFTA 2015

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.