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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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Researcher spins off pollen suspension

March 19th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU researcher licenses pollen suspension while continuing electrostatic research.

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Hyperparasites: enemies of enemies of enemies

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Hyperparasitic behavior among the findings of OSU trechnites study.

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Genetic control for spotted wing drosophila

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

University of California, San Diego researchers exploring ways to use genetics to control spotted wing drosophila.

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Looking for the sweet spot in powdery mildew resistance

March 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Researcher looks for genetic factors that make sweet cherries less susceptible to the fungal pathogen.

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A look at the ins and outs of netting

March 5th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU grad student studies the effect of orchard netting on bugs, both good and bad.

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Reflective mulch proves repellent

March 5th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU researcher finds reflective mulch keeps pear psylla out in early season.

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Sterile codling moth factory ‘a funky business’

February 28th, 2019|0 Comments

British Columbia moth factory cranks out sterile bugs by the millions.

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Breeding bugs to fly and die: Video

February 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers, technology company explore sterile codling moth releases in U.S. apple orchards.

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Final IFTA tour stop: Grow to replace

February 28th, 2019|0 Comments

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Scott VanDeWalle of VanDeWalle Fruit Farm in Alton, New York, has spent his 36 years

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IFTA Heuser lecturer: Start with the problem

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

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Agriculture’s ability to collect data is greater than its ability to model and interpret data,

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New Innovator grant targets pesticide residue

February 26th, 2019|0 Comments

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Fighting pests by spraying ozonated water and steaming them with hot, highly refined oil vapors:

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IFTA bestows awards

February 25th, 2019|0 Comments

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Paul Wafler of Wafler Farms was named the Outstanding Grower for 2019 by the International

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Managing fire blight for the conventional grower

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

A collection of the most-repeated tips for fire blight management.

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Organic control options for fire blight

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

OSU researcher shares tips for organic growers battling fire blight.

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Phytoplasmas found in stone fruit

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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Washington cherry growers, by now, know the dangers of phytoplasmas that cause little cherry disease

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Digging into soil bacteria and chlorosis

February 14th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU researcher searches for ways to use the connection between soil microbiology and Concord vine health.

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Risk reduction has its rewards – Video

February 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Panelists share some key tips to help bring success to your orchard.

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BC Tree Fruits restructures

February 7th, 2019|0 Comments

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BC Tree Fruits, which packs the bulk of British Columbia’s apples, has laid off a

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Highlights in the new Farm Bill

February 5th, 2019|0 Comments

2018 Farm Bill includes several provisions that affect the tree fruit industry.

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The small print has a big impact in new Farm Bill

February 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Unexpected language change in Farm Bill adds protections for intellectual property of new varieties.

  • Pear packing and sorting

Advances in automation pump up pear packers

January 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Packing line improvements point to progress on pesky pear packing problems.

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A pick of packing house highlights

January 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Packing house highlights: Kershaw innovates old-school style, Washington Fruit stacks with robots and Columbia Fruit finds new vision with improved tunnel.

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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|2 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.