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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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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.

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Not your usual graft

April 16th, 2019|0 Comments

New York grower experiments with beaver grafts, shares technique during IFTA tour.

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BC Tree Fruits hires CEO, CFO

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

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BC Tree Fruits, a grower cooperative that packs most of British Columbia’s apples, has permanently

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Irrigating grapes: water less, water early

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU viticulturist shares irrigation tips for juice and wine grapes.

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Growers, researchers earn IFTA awards

April 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Annual awards from the International Fruit Tree Association recognize industry leaders.

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New York growers moving toward the money

April 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Processing is still prevalent, but growers are adopting newer varieties, technologies and techniques to shift a bigger percentage of their fruit to the more lucrative fresh market.

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Punjabi growers help advance British Columbia’s tree fruit industry

March 28th, 2019|1 Comment

Hardworking heritage and willingness to invest are keys to success for some families.

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Protecting fruit from cold with spray-on jackets

March 27th, 2019|2 Comments

WSU researchers trying to insulate fruit trees with cellulose nanocrystals.

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New technology explores pollination automation

March 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Israeli tech company working to develop automated pollination.

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Orchardists testing bee-attractant paste

March 21st, 2019|1 Comment

Yakima, Washington, start-up markets potent lure to boost pollination.

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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.