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gfg-portraits-tjTJ Mullinax is a digital producer and photojournalist for Good Fruit Grower, coming to the magazine with a newspaper and television broadcast background. Mullinax grew up in the Pacific Northwest and covered communities through the Willamette Valley, Columbia Gorge, and Central Washington, working more than ten years as a professional journalist at KATU television in Portland, Oregon, and the Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper.

Mullinax served as a long-time officer of the National Press Photographers Association, helped found the Northwest Video Workshop, remains active judging photography contests and volunteering for journalism-focused training opportunities. In his spare time Mullinax dabbles with programming, design, illustration, and various multimedia endeavors that help tell stories.

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  • Hood River Cherry Company

Growing at a high level

May 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

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

  • Canoe Ridge Vineyard plantings

Small trees, big cherries?

May 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Limited release of MSU’s dwarfing rootstocks gives growers a chance to experiment.

  • New Washington Fruit cherry line as harvest begins

Waste not wanted

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Postharvest tools, better communication can help fine-tune storage practices and improve packouts.

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A sweet solution for cherries

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Montana’s cherries find another market as Tabletree juice.

  • Nick Anderson, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon

Nick Anderson, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon

May 14th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/ Nick graduated from Columbia Gorge Community College, married Annabeth and has a young

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

Growing from good to great in New Zealand

May 10th, 2018|0 Comments

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

  • H-2A worker housing

Getting creative with labor housing

May 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Agricultural employers seeking innovative ways to put up H-2A workers.

  • Blue Mountain Farms blueberry packing

Beating the labor blues

May 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Optical sorters are cutting labor costs for blueberry packing.

  • IFTA Study Tour 2018

Bruno Simpson, a young grower from Nelson, New Zealand

April 29th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Bruno is the third generation of Waimea Nurseries and has been elected

  • Tips to work with H-2A

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.

  • Chelan complex fire aftermath

Preparing for fire

April 25th, 2018|0 Comments

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

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

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.

  • IFTA Study Tour 2018

Kyle Ardiel, a young grower from Thornbury, Ontario

April 17th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/ After growing up on the family farm, Kyle earned a business degree working

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

A standout tour of New Zealand – Photos & VR

April 11th, 2018|0 Comments

IFTA attendees were easy to spot as they traversed the New Zealand countryside. Here are a few highlights.

  • 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.

Yvette Jones, a young grower from Nelson, New Zealand

April 9th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Yvette grew up traveling around the globe with parents David and Fiona

  • 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

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

New Zealand’s Honeycrisp blossoms in Timaru – Video

March 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Finicky variety finds success in central New Zealand climate.

  • 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.

  • Bees work a cherry orchard in bloom

Protect pollinators while managing diseases

March 27th, 2018|0 Comments

The fungicides needed to control bloom time disease aren’t as harmless to bees as previously thought.

  • Conor Kilian, a young grower from Sunnyside, Washington

Conor Kilian, a young grower from Sunnyside, Washington

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Conor grew up in a large Yakima Valley farming family growing juice

  • 2018 Washington Winegrowers

The worldwide view of wine from Washington : Video

March 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Speakers at the 2018 Washington Winegrowers annual convention bring big-picture perspective.

  • Pinot Noir harvest

Venture vineyardists

March 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Industry experts offer branding and marketing strategies for grape growers.

  • Compost, Natural Selection Farms, Durfey

Compost decomposed

March 19th, 2018|0 Comments

As raw manure faces food safety scrutiny, compost has become a hot commodity.

  • Trent Graybill, a young grower from Zillah

Trent Graybill, a young grower from Zillah, Washington

March 15th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Trent is a first-generation farmer who started growing cherries alongside his wife,

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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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Mullinax: Are you ready for liftoff?

February 27th, 2018|0 Comments

A few things to consider before launching an ag drone initiative.

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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.

  • Powdery mildew in wine grapes

Resistance rising for powdery mildew

February 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Last year’s weather made was especially challenging in battling disease in Western U.S.

  • Tony Guisto, a young grower from Hood River

Tony Guisto, a young grower from Hood River, Oregon

February 24th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/Tony grew up in a logging family in Oregon’s Hood River Valley, headed by

  • Birdhurst Orchard

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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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.

  • Mustard seed meal trial

Researchers are rethinking replant

February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Field trials underway to see if biological alternatives to fumigation can be a practical option for apple growers

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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

  • Milbrandt Vineyards' Ancient Lakes and Wahluke Slope vineyards

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.

  • 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.

  • 2017 Hort Show

Should you grow vertical or V?

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

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

  • 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.

  • Nematicide study

On the hunt for nematodes

February 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington researchers launch big-picture project to figure out how best to protect vineyards against root parasites.

  • Oliver May, a young grower from Alderdale, Washington

Oliver May, a young grower from Alderdale, Washington

February 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/ Oliver started farming at age 27 with his parents, Milo and Kay May,

  • WSU cherry cracking trials

Researchers discover a coat of armor for cherries

January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

A thin film of gum acacia shows promise to prevent splitting in packing house trials.

  • John Grubb, a young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

John Grubb, a young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

January 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/ John is a fourth-generation cherry grower who pursued degrees in sustainable agriculture, integrated

  • 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.

  • Young grower Conner Sullivan

Conner Sullivan, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

January 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Conner along with his cousin Clint Sullivan started their business after growing

  • apple crop load sensing equipment

Computer vision systems can count apples and provide a new perspective on crop load

December 30th, 2017|0 Comments

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To the casual observer, the row after row of ripe, red apples on trellises looks

  • Clean Plant Center Northwest

For plants, it’s not easy being clean

December 26th, 2017|0 Comments

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Starting a new orchard or vineyard with clean plants is the best way for growers

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Watch the 2017 Hort Show video summaries

December 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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Anticipation and Flexibility: Day 1, Hort Show morning wrap

December 4th, 2017|0 Comments

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Plan ahead, but stay nimble, Michael Swanson, an agricultural economist with Wells Fargo, told several

  • Young grower Anel Dorantes

Anel Dorantes, a young grower from Tieton, Washington

December 4th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Anel grew up on her father’s farm with five younger brothers and