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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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My Recent Articles

  • Interpera 10th World Pear Conference

A fruiting wall future

September 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers push forward in search for dwarfing rootstocks, high-density systems for pears.

  • 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.

  • British Columbia farms

IFTA B.C. tour: Light vision

September 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Researcher gauging use of spectrometer to aid in harvest decisions.

  • 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.

  • Madeleine van Roechoudt

Madeleine van Roechoudt, a young grower from Lake Country, British Columbia

August 29th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/ Madeleine continues a multigenerational farm that began north of Kelowna in 1949. The

  • 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.”

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

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.

  • Bird control technology

Battling birds with lights, sounds : Videos

August 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Makers of new noise and laser deterrents promise birds won’t habituate to the technology.

  • Peshastin packing facility during harvest 2015

MCP treatments can be tricky

July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

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

  • IFTA Study Tour 2018

Guilherme Fontanella Sander, a young grower from Vale do Sol, Brazil

July 27th, 2018|1 Comment

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family background / Guilherme grew up working alongside his father Renato and mother Edna at

  • 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.

  • Coral Beach Farms

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.

  • IFTA Study Tour 2018

Steven Murray Jr., a young grower from Bakersfield, California

June 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Steven has helped change Murray Family Farms’ business, adding farm markets and

  • Brandt's Fruit Trees apricot test orchard

Northern exposure

June 20th, 2018|0 Comments

See why Vineland apricots bred in Ontario are getting attention.

  • Washington State University

WSU reveals its wild cider

June 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Students start cider apple breeding program to learn techniques.

  • 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.

  • Elizabeth Bourcier, a young grower from Walla Walla

Elizabeth Bourcier, a young grower from Walla Walla, Washington

May 29th, 2018|1 Comment

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family background / Elizabeth studied winemaking and viticulture at Walla Walla Community College and California

  • Hood River Cherry Company

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.

  • 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,

  • PearPsyllaDNA-2967rc-1

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.