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Ross CourtneyRoss Courtney is an associate editor for Good Fruit Grower, writing articles and taking photos for the print magazine and website. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University.

Courtney worked as a writer, photographer and video producer for the Yakima Herald-Republic starting in 2000, covering agriculture, education and local government. He was the author of the Herald-Republic‘s popular Crop Lines blog.

Earlier in his career, he worked as a communications specialist for a Pasco, Washington, company representing agricultural groups. Before that, he covered sports for the Tri-City Herald.

Courtney joined the magazine in 2015. He lives in Prosser with his family.

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My Recent Articles

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When using MCP, know your warehouse goals

January 17th, 2019|0 Comments

Timing of MCP treatment depends on the aim of postharvest management.

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Cosmic contribution to Clean Plant Center

January 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Using WA 38 graft wood fees, nursery institute donates funds for new growth chamber to Clean Plant Center Northwest.

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Peracetic acid shines in sanitizer study

January 15th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU researcher tinkers with sanitizers and best ways to use them.

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Warming up to Arctic apples

January 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Canadian developers of first GMO apple plan for expansion.

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Driver shortage could mean trouble down the road

January 10th, 2019|2 Comments

Agricultural trucking lobbyist updates apple industry on driver pool, legislative efforts.

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Pear industry pitches American-grown canned fruit

January 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Buyers urged to buy American because "Kids CAN taste the difference" between U.S. pears and imports

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Financial partners offer growers growing opportunities

January 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Orchardists, packers seek capital from outside investors to modernize and expand.

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Investment advice for orchardists

January 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Investment leaders and economists offer tips to consider before you bring on orchard investors.

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IFTA early registration extended to Jan. 7

December 31st, 2018|0 Comments

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You still have a few more days to get a deal on your registration for

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Michigan Spring Peach Update set for March 5

December 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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The annual Michigan Spring Peach Update is slated for March 5 at the Southwest Michigan

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President signs Farm Bill

December 20th, 2018|0 Comments

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President Donald Trump on Thursday signed the $867 billion Farm Bill that Congress passed last

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India delays additional apple tariff, again

December 19th, 2018|0 Comments

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India has once again postponed implementing a retaliatory tariff on imported U.S. apples, this time

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Picking a harvest platform: Roundup of manufacturers’ top picks

December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers have many choices as manufacturers invest heavily in harvest platforms.

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Prototype picker: Apple Vacuum System tested (VIDEO)

December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Apple Vacuum System mounted on a Bandit Xpress platform may look strange, but orchard managers seem pleased with performance.

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Grower yields profits with agritourism

December 13th, 2018|0 Comments

British Columbia orchard gambles on agritainment to preserve legacy for next generation.

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Tariff relief: USDA apple and pear purchases underway

December 11th, 2018|0 Comments

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The federal government has made its first round of fresh apple purchases as part of

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Researchers share tips for Cosmic success

December 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers share a few nuggets from September WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) field days.

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Cosmic conundrum: What’s causing these spots?

December 5th, 2018|0 Comments

WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) green spot disorder targeted by researchers.

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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

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Tree fruit industry leaders honored at 2018 Washington awards banquet

December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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For more than 35 years, Mike Willett has made significant contributions to the Northwest tree

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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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India delays apple tariff, again

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Extra 25 percent tariff on U.S. apples in retaliation for steel and aluminum tariffs

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Grape Society annual meeting

November 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Awards and the search for a soil connection to chlorosis at the final day of the Washington State Grape Society annual meeting.

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California moves toward curtailing Lorsban

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

State’s Department of Pesticides Regulation suggests several temporary measures as they work toward permanent state-wide restrictions.

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Switching to organic in the vineyard

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Welch’s grower shares costs and benefits involved with transitioning juice grapes.

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IFTA B.C. tour: Crafty choices

November 15th, 2018|2 Comments

How British Columbia’s apple industry looks to add value through cider.

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Fire blight control featured at 2018 WSTFA Annual Meeting

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers to gather for December’s annual conference in Yakima, Washington.

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Rainiers break a record in the 2018 cherry season review

October 25th, 2018|1 Comment

Northwest Cherry Growers releases year-end report on second-largest crop ever.

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Lessons in doing the impossible

October 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Sunnyside vineyard’s conversion to drip irrigation and mechanical pruning lead to lessons at Viticulture Day.