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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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FSMA inspections begin

July 12th, 2019|0 Comments

FSMA inspectors are starting visits to farms, packers.

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Cherry estimate drops

July 11th, 2019|0 Comments

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The Northwest’s overall sweet cherry crop is now expected to come in smaller than original

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Two Washingtons now oversee H-2A

July 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Washington state legislators agree to administer H-2A but turn down adding additional fee for growers.

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Exclusive varieties can benefit all growers

June 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Industry groups work to find the right spot for a growing segment of exclusive varieties.

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Variety debate

June 25th, 2019|0 Comments

WA 2 lawsuit continues in Washington state courtrooms.

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India pulls trigger on apple tariffs

June 18th, 2019|0 Comments

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After delaying for nearly a year, India this week slapped an extra tariff on U.S.

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Wine grapes show a spectrum of stress

June 18th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU researcher paints nuanced picture of how wine grape varieties respond to water deficits.

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Pear processor turns down pear price

June 11th, 2019|1 Comment

Break in Northwest canning pear tradition adds to industry uncertainty.

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Try renewal pruning to delay replanting grapevines

June 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers determine ways to extend the life of declining Merlot vines.

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Seneca closing pear processing plant

June 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Closure leaves Northwest with only two pear processing facilities.

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Rain on the cherry parade

May 31st, 2019|0 Comments

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Firm estimates were unavailable, but a rainy month of May has derailed what was projected

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Winter cherry modeling is coming

May 29th, 2019|1 Comment

OSU researcher builds cherry bud cold hardiness model for AgWeatherNet.

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Cherry marketers testing foreign waters

May 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Northwest Cherries experiments with developing markets in three Southeast Asian nations.

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Taking apples in a new direction

May 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

Growers turn bi-ax tree system sideways for WA 38 plantings.

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The margins of mechanization

May 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Oregon State University economist assesses the costs and benefits of mechanizing vineyard tasks.

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Washington’s drought worsens

May 20th, 2019|0 Comments

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A recent spell of rainy weather hasn’t helped much. Washington’s drought has officially gotten worse

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Cherry growers gather to update crop estimate

May 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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Growers and industry representatives from five Northwest cherry producing states predicted a crop of about

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Northwest Cherry Growers estimate 24.9 million boxes, third largest crop

May 14th, 2019|0 Comments

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Cherry growers in the Northwest have announced their first crop estimate of the season, and

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USDA proposes Fuji grading changes

May 9th, 2019|0 Comments

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed a change to apple grading standards.

Earlier this week,

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Working holidays a lifestyle for some ag workers

May 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Traveling, camping workers pitch in for British Columbia’s busy tree fruit season.

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More changes for BC Tree Fruits

May 8th, 2019|0 Comments

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British Columbia’s largest fruit company has purchased land on which to build a new packing

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Easing restrictions for farmworker housing

May 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Federal ag housing loans now open to H-2A employers.

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Seneca to close pear plant

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

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Seneca Foods is getting out of the processed pear business and will shutter its Sunnyside,

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A gift of genetic diversity

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

University of Idaho turns donated Sandpoint orchard, retreat facility into organic educational center.

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DIY science in the orchard

April 30th, 2019|0 Comments

Extension educator shares tips for managing on-farm experiments.

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Mumps hits farmworkers

April 26th, 2019|0 Comments

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Health authorities have moved about 25 workers exposed to mumps into isolated houses in response

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Follow a map to find your soil needs

April 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Mapping soils to fertilize with variable rates has advantages.

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Blue Bird plans to rebuild after fire

April 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Central Washington fruit packer Blue Bird to replace warehouse destroyed in early March fire.

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Cornell roots for Geneva rootstocks

April 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

During IFTA annual meeting, researchers urge local growers to give N.Y.-bred Geneva roots a try before settling for Bud.9.

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A window to the roots

April 17th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU scientist using rhizotrons, or root windows, to study the growth of trees underground.