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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

  • Chelan complex fire aftermath

Preparing for fire

April 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Foresters, growers give advice for protecting orchards and vineyards from wildfires.

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What lies beneath

April 24th, 2018|0 Comments

A researcher seeks to determine which indicators are most important in soil.

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Pest spotters

April 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Scout teams help growers target, dial in their IPM.

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Plan before you plant

April 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Industry veteran shares tips on preplant nutrition programs.

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On shallowed ground

April 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Experts urge growers to water with less volume, but more often, to keep up with shallower rootstocks.

  • Cherry pollen harvest

Trees without fruit, pollination without bees

March 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Pollen company joins Washington State University researcher to try planting a pollen-only orchard.

  • Red Delicious

Researchers finish final pollen tube model

March 29th, 2018|0 Comments

After 11 years, pollen tube projects are complete with release of Red Delicious model.

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Head start on better berries

March 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers already implementing results of long-term organic blueberry study.

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The Cosmic gospel : Video

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington State University continues education on training WA 38 trees.

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Grape expectations: WSU publishes 45-page guide on vineyard nutrition

March 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Updated "Vineyard Nutrient Management in Washington State" replaces 4-page document.

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When growers meet lawmakers

March 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Industry groups ask growers to directly participate in lobbying.

  • WA 38, cosmic crisp

Legal battle over Cosmic Crisp unlikely to affect availability of new trees

March 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Sources describe how dispute began

  • New Zealand apple finds fans

Variety Watch: Koru rolls down red carpet

March 14th, 2018|2 Comments

First commercial U.S. shipments of chance New Zealand apple variety reach store shelves.

  • BMSB in Walla Walla vineyards

BMSB is still raising a stink

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Oregon State entomologist updates Northwest growers on investigations into brown marmorated stink bug.

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A gutsy study of pear psylla

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers examine genetic contents of insects’ stomachs to find out what they eat and where they hide during winter.

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Taking the fight to fire blight

February 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Risk is higher in Washington this season for deadly orchard disease. Here’s what you need to do.

  • TrellX v-trellis system trial

No-dig trellis is on solid ground

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Agricultural engineer uses steel posts and concrete footings for above-ground trellis system.

  • Helios Nursery

The good and bad of different rootstocks

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Nursery owner warns growers it’s not as simple as asking which rootstock is the best.

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The ripe way for pears in postharvest

January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Specialist Rob Blakey makes industrywide recommendations for postharvest pear ripening.

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Finding success the cooperative way

January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

The fewer grower cooperatives packing fruit in the industry today still play crucial role.

  • 2017 Hort Show

Midsize growers will feel the squeeze

January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Tree fruit industry poised for consolidation, banker says.

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Northwest cherry growers think global at 75th institute

January 12th, 2018|0 Comments

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Following a record crop year, Northwest cherry growers got several reminders about pruning, the latest

  • 2018 cherry king

Long live the King

January 12th, 2018|0 Comments

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Lynn Long, a longtime Oregon State University horticulturist, was named the annual Cherry King on

  • International cargo cherry deliveries

All aboard the cherry express

January 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Airborne exports through Sea-Tac help make up for tough domestic year for sweet cherries.

  • International cargo cherry deliveries

A cool place for cherry exports

January 9th, 2018|0 Comments

New facility to improve cherry movement through Sea-Tac.

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Growing by the acres

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Results from Washington state questionnaire help paint picture of shifting fruit industry.

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OSU research shows best techniques for organic blueberries

December 18th, 2017|0 Comments

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Planting in raised beds, using a weed mat mulch and finding a fertilizer compatible with

  • Mike Omeg, Grower of the Year

Two Oregon cherry growers join forces

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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Two longtime cherry producers in the Dalles, Oregon, have merged to form an affiliation that

  • Bee delivery

Hive hauling worries

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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The federal government has granted truckers who haul live animals, including honeybees destined for tree

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How to give away fruit

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Donations are appreciated at food banks, but some homework and forethought are advised first.