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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 kate@goodfruit.com and follow her on twitter @kprengaman

My Recent Articles

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Go with the flow for cold storage efficiency

January 17th, 2019|0 Comments

Considering airflow and efficient cold storage design helps protect fruit quality and lowers energy costs.

  • New Blue Bird Wenatchee cherry lines open

Ozone filling a void for fruit packers

January 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Organic storage and food safety needs drive renewed interest in ozone technology.

  • Clean Plant Center Northwest

Clean Plant Center exports mostly on hold

January 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Exports of clean tree fruit budwood on hold while center cleans up paperwork processes.

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Click pruning techniques for Cosmic Crisp

January 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers travel to orchards across Washington to share tips for pruning WA 38.

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Washington State Grape Society awards

January 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

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Grape Society President Bill Riley presented the organization’s annual awards at the Washington State Grape

  • Julia Kock at Klipsun Vineyard

Higher prices for juice grape growers in 2018

January 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

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Things are looking up for Washington’s Concord grape growers, though there may be fewer of

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Apple marketers like social media

January 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Facebook, YouTube and pop-up stores giving marketers new tools to introduce consumers to club apples.

  • Orchard netting, Auvil Fruit Co.

New tool helps growers budget for climate change

January 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

New web tool lets growers see projected climate impacts on their own farms to support long-term decision making.

  • Grapevine leafroll disease (Photo courtesy of Hemantkumar Gohil)

Virus cloning may lead to leafroll control

December 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Cloning a destructive grapevine virus will help researchers understand it and, potentially, learn how to stop it.

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Young growers learning and growing together

December 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Field day and workshop events for early career industry professionals provide support and encouragement.

  • Bestsy Beers presenting at the 2018 WSTFA annual meeting

WSTFA18: Disease, pest and vigor management panels

December 5th, 2018|0 Comments

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Two presentations by Betsy Beers, a Washington State University entomologist, highlighted Wednesday morning’s disease and

  • Hort Show 2018

WSTFA18: Postharvest problems

December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington State University Extension, in cooperation with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission and Good

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WSTFA18: Fire blight in the spotlight : Video

December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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When the Washington State Tree Fruit Association’s annual meeting resumed on Tuesday morning, the session

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WSTFA annual meeting, Day 1

December 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

A wrap of the first day's discussions at the WSTFA Annual Meeting and Hort Show in Yakima

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Growing unconventionally: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington Fruit and Produce Co. doesn’t do small. This year, the company’s first-ever certified organic

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Growing by the numbers: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

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Dan Plath farms by the data.

He frequently responds to this reporter’s questions about horticultural decisions

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Growing generations: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Block by block, the Plath family has grown a company — and a reputation for quality — by focusing on every aspect of fruit production from tree to market.

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Growing potential: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Funding education is a top priority for the Plath family.

  • Washington Grape Society, Tom Collins

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.

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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.