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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

  • British Columbia farms

Cool cherry covers

September 12th, 2018|0 Comments

British Columbia growers using Mylar covers to help protect freshly picked cherries.

  • British Columbia farms

IFTA B.C. tour: Some promising previews

September 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Summerland shows off a few of its up and coming cherry varieties at IFTA.

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IFTA B.C. tour: Light vision

September 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Researcher gauging use of spectrometer to aid in harvest decisions.

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IFTA B.C. tour: Lessons from Lake Country

September 4th, 2018|0 Comments

IFTA tour hosts share tips on growing cherries.

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New price for processed pears: $353 per ton

August 30th, 2018|0 Comments

The new price is lower than the $360 per ton paid last year due to lower prices from the food service sector and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and an influx of Chinese canned pears sold at lower than the cost of U.S. production.

  • British Columbia farms

IFTA B.C. tour: Land of late and lucrative cherries – Video

August 30th, 2018|0 Comments

British Columbia growers double down to hit the late-season market.

  • Zirkle apple harvest in Mattawa and Gleed

Tree fruit added to U.S. relief program for food impacted by trade disputes

August 28th, 2018|2 Comments

The Food Purchase and Distribution Program will buy up to $1.2 billion in food products “unfairly targeted by unjustified retaliation.”

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New U.S. apple crop estimate revised downward

August 24th, 2018|0 Comments

256.2 million bushel crop prediction on Day 2 of US Apple Outlook meeting is 6 percent lower than USDA's estimate from two weeks ago, largely based on changes in Washington's crop.

  • 2018 Gala apple harvest

Gala on pace to topple Red Delicious’ reign

August 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Day 1 at the 2018 US Apple Outlook: U.S. growers expect Red Delicious to yield its place as the leading variety by volume for the first time in more than 50 years.

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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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New leader for Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission

August 20th, 2018|1 Comment

The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has named Ines Hanrahan as its executive director, replacing retiring manager Mike Willett.

  • Red Delicious

Rough times for Reds

August 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Once the most popular apple, Red Delicious is having a down year in the statistics game.

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Shaking it up in the orchard: Video

August 14th, 2018|0 Comments

WSU continues work on tiered shake-and-catch harvester.

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Northwest pear crop on track to be fourth-largest ever

August 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Now at 20.2 million boxes, crop estimate tops an early season prediction made in late June.

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Washington apple forecast: 131 million boxes

August 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington apple growers expect to harvest 131 million boxes of apples this year, down slightly from last year’s haul.

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A bad blightmare of a year

July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Don’t stop cutting away fire blight after harvest, or a bad season will get worse.

  • IFTA BC Day 3

That’s a wrap: IFTA summer tour concludes

July 26th, 2018|0 Comments

A visit to a high-density Ambrosia and Honeycrisp orchard overlooking the upper stretches of Okanagan Lake brought the International Fruit Tree Association summer tour to a conclusion.

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Where no cherry has gone before — IFTA BC tour Day 2

July 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Tree fruit growers in British Columbia, Canada, are planting cherries in places where they won’t pick until mid-September.

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IFTA tours Summerland research center’s genetic diversity

July 24th, 2018|0 Comments

A glimpse of 30,000 apple varieties in various stages of propagation overlooking the shores of Okanagan Lake highlighted the first day of the International Tree Fruit Association summer tour through British Columbia.

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Handle Geneva 41 with care

July 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Popular G.41 rootstock takes extra work, but can succeed.

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USDA extends labor housing program to growers putting up H-2A workers

July 10th, 2018|0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture administrates loans and grants designed to employers who build or improve housing for farmworkers, but they had always been restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

  • Washington State University

WSU reveals its wild cider

June 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Students start cider apple breeding program to learn techniques.

  • Tart cherry harvest

Tart growers target Turkey

June 6th, 2018|0 Comments

U.S. tart cherry industry weighs legal challenge to low-price imports.

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Mexico slaps tariffs on U.S. apples

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Country's largest apple export market retaliates over steel and aluminum tariffs.

  • Kate Evans and the WSU breeding program

Plans within plants

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Managing sheer number of samples, volume of data is focus for breeding program.

  • Kate Evans and the WSU breeding program

Post-Cosmic question: What’s next?

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

With launch of WA 38 underway, WSU’s apple breeding program hopes to build on successes.

  • Ebony Pearl cherry

Cherries chugging to China again

June 1st, 2018|0 Comments

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Cherry shipments to China seem to be moving again, just in time for the Northwest’s

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Trade disputes broaden

May 31st, 2018|0 Comments

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U.S. fruit growers, already burdened with new tariffs from China, now have to deal with

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Growing at a high level

May 23rd, 2018|1 Comment

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Planting 60 percent Lapins. Wrapping trunks with insulation. Expecting some trees to die every year.

  • 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