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gfg-portraits-shannon2Shannon Dininny is Editor of Good Fruit Grower, writing articles for the print magazine and website and planning and preparing editorial content. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree from the University of Montana.

After working as a reporter at newspapers in Montana, Shannon joined the Associated Press in 2000, with stops in Montana, Indiana, Washington, Idaho and Utah. She was with the news wire service for nearly 14 years, including 10 years as the Yakima, Washington, correspondent, covering agriculture, nuclear waste cleanup, wildfires, environmental issues, national parks, tribes, and breaking news in eastern Washington and Oregon. She was named AP Employee of the Year for Washington State in 2009.

Shannon joined the magazine in 2015. She lives in Yakima.

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My Recent Articles

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Going undercover with drape netting

August 15th, 2018|0 Comments

U.S. universities embark on studies to examine drape netting over high-value apple orchards.

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MCP treatments can be tricky

July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

New study confirms numerous factors that go into successfully using MCP on pears.

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The new buzz for blossoms

July 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Drones won’t replace bees for pollination, but they may help.

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Study in quality controls will help manage peach mealiness

July 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Researcher examines effects of chilling, waxes and coatings on Ontario peaches.

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Two Northwest associations focused on trade finalize affiliation

July 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Northwest Fruit Exporters is now a member of the Northwest Horticultural Council.

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Northwest tree fruit delegation heads to D.C. to talk trade

June 7th, 2018|0 Comments

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A delegation representing the Northwest tree fruit industry will be meeting with Trump administration officials

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Northwest’s 2018 fresh pear crop expected to top last year

June 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Northwest's 2018 fresh pear crop expected to top last year

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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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Putting Gisela to the test

May 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

MSU researcher studies performance on various training systems, finds insights for future studies.

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A sweet solution for cherries

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Montana’s cherries find another market as Tabletree juice.

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Ready to rally in Big Sky country

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Montana’s sweet cherry growers are hoping for a better year after the downturn of 2017.

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Growing from good to great in New Zealand

May 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Return to basics aids grower in troubled block of Jazz apples.

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Here are some pointers for hiring H-2A workers

April 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Panelists offer insights about federal guest worker program from several years of experience.

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Net benefits

April 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Orchard netting can help prevent fruit sunburn in addition to protecting against hail damage.

  • 2018 International Fruit Tree Association New Zealand Study Tour and Conference

Growing into the future – Video

April 17th, 2018|0 Comments

New Zealand researchers and growers testing limits with 2D, 3D systems.

  • 2018 International Fruit Tree Association New Zealand Study Tour and Conference

Rockit gains altitude

April 11th, 2018|0 Comments

New Zealand growers have soaring hopes for little apple.

  • 2018 International Fruit Tree Association New Zealand Study Tour and Conference

‘Kia ora’ from a distant land

April 5th, 2018|0 Comments

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To those who’ve never been there, New Zealand brings to mind acclaimed movies — the

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New Zealand’s Honeycrisp blossoms in Timaru – Video

March 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Finicky variety finds success in central New Zealand climate.

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Pear Committee nominations-Wenatchee district

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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Pear handlers and growers will elect nominees for positions on the Fresh Pear Committee (FPC)

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Pear committee nominations-Mid Columbia district

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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Pear handlers will elect nominees for positions on the Fresh Pear Committee (FPC) of Marketing

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A better bee? Blue orchard bees show promise as pollinators

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Study shows potential for employing blue orchard bees as pollinators in tart cherries. What about other crops?

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IFTA awards Grower of the Year award during New Zealand tour

March 5th, 2018|0 Comments

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The International Fruit Tree Association presented its Grower of the Year award during the annual

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Hunting for vineyard disease vectors

March 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Buffalo treehopper emerges as a potential carrier of virus that causes red blotch disease.

  • IFTA Study Tour 2018

In New Zealand, IFTA honors contributors to apple industry

March 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

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The first group of fruit growers visiting New Zealand for the International Fruit Tree Association

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On a mission to vanquish viruses in vineyards

February 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Researcher aims to better understand prevalence of viral infections — and to develop quick tests for detecting them.

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IFTA explores Nelson, New Zealand

February 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated to correct “flaring” to flowering,” a goof resulting

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Be on the lookout for little cherry – Video

February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Scouting for symptoms in orchards is key to preventing, controlling little cherry disease.

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New Zealand growers welcome IFTA Study Tour groups

February 17th, 2018|0 Comments

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The International Fruit Tree Association 2018 summer tour and conference kicked off with a welcome

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20 years in the making

February 12th, 2018|1 Comment

Milbrandt brothers look back on two decades in Washington’s wine grape industry as they open the state’s largest custom wine bottling operation.

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Should you grow vertical or V?

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

That’s the question when preparing for robotic pickers in your orchard.