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Prengaman: Yearn to learn

July 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Industry innovation drives this magazine, and in my new role, I’m eager to guide our coverage of the research, policies and practices shaping the fruit business today.

Good to Know: Another big year for grape and wine research

July 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Research aims to improve wine quality by addressing vineyard and winery challenges.

Good to Know: The disruption eruption

June 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission funding codling moth mating disruption for 30 years.

Dininny: A new view

June 4th, 2019|0 Comments

With a change in leadership at Good Fruit Grower, our commitment to all of you remains steadfast.

Thurlby: Another season of hope is upon us

May 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Northwest Cherries President B.J. Thurlby looks ahead at another season of hope, with a solid plan in place.

Good to Know: 2019 Pacific Northwest cherry research funding

May 13th, 2019|0 Comments

More than $930,000 provided for 20 different research projects.

Willett: A long history of scraping by

April 30th, 2019|2 Comments

Fire blight and the dawn of the Cooperative Extension System.

Van den Ende: What are the problems with branches?

April 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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While there are many issues facing orchardists today, producing fruit of high quality at a

Zhou & Melgar: Where do nutrients go when you fertilize trees?

April 1st, 2019|1 Comment

Researchers explore how ripening season affects peach tree nutrient requirements.

Sallato: Calcium deficiencies in fruit

April 1st, 2019|0 Comments

WSU extension specialist explains how plant nutrition affects your orchard, production and fruit quality.

Auvil: WA 38 management tips

March 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Tom Auvil on some things to consider as the Cosmic Crisp brand approaches its first commercial harvest.

DuPont: Moving toward bio-based IPM in pears

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

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Pear psylla in 2016 to 2017 was “the worst in a decade,” Bob Gix, horticulturist

Hansen: Giving growers what they want

January 31st, 2019|0 Comments

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The Washington state wine industry has spoken — and mechanization and precision viticulture is now

Scharlau: Staying ahead of the issues

January 31st, 2019|0 Comments

A look at some of the rules and regulations that will impact vintners and growers this year.

Good to Know: Wash and learn

January 14th, 2019|0 Comments

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It’s a fact of life: If you’re storing, holding or packing produce, you have a

Dininny: A+ effort on next apple defect guide

January 14th, 2019|1 Comment

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For years, Washington growers and packers have turned to a handy, 36-page guide to determine

Kurrle: 2019 brings challenges and opportunities

December 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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From agricultural labor to farm bill programs, regulations and trade agreements, the policies and decisions

Behind the scenes: 2019 Good Fruit Grower cover launch

December 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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Shane Davies takes off from the summit of Te Mata Peak overlooking Hawke’s Bay, New

Fryhover: To boldly go

November 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington Apple Commission President Todd Fryhover says the path to marketing success starts with the apple.

DeVaney: Reflections on 2018 …

November 29th, 2018|0 Comments

WSTFA President Jon DeVaney reflects on 2018 and looks ahead to the next year

Gilbert: What you can – and can’t – control

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Deciding on a theme and topics for the WSTFA Annual Meeting.

Good to Know: Biocontrol for bunch rot

October 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Native yeasts have potential to inhibit fungal disease in Washington vineyards.

Dininny: Good Fruit growing

October 25th, 2018|0 Comments

With a new member on the staff, we’re ready and excited to hit the growing conferences this winter.

Good to Know: Funding for apple research

September 27th, 2018|1 Comment

Nearly $2.5 million awarded for horticulture, crop protection and postharvest research in 2018.

Good to Know: Funding pear projects

September 18th, 2018|0 Comments

A look at what’s ahead in Northwest pear research.

Good Point: The time is ripe for pears

September 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Getting great tasting fruit into customers’ hands will bring them back for more.

Good to Know: Food safety Q&A

July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

To keep you abreast of the latest information, Good Fruit Grower, in cooperation with industry professionals, is presenting an occasional column to answer some of the more frequently asked questions about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Good to Know: Help for managing Oriental fruit moth

June 28th, 2018|0 Comments

OFM damage is on the rise in Washington orchards.

Good Point: What growers want

May 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington tree fruit industry lays out technology priorities.

Thurlby: Complications in cherry forecast

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

2018 brings an earlier start and cloud of tariffs over China.

Van den Ende and Tisdall: Keep phytophthora out of your orchard

April 18th, 2018|1 Comment

This ‘plant destroyer’ fungus thrives in wet soils.

Corr: Our report from Kiwi country

April 2nd, 2018|2 Comments

Check out our robust package of reports from the IFTA study tour.

Farrow: The ‘it’ factor in IFTA

April 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

The International Fruit Tree Association makes some changes, but commitment to growers remains the same.

The latest buzz on bugs

March 5th, 2018|2 Comments

USDA-ARS laboratory conducts research on insect pests of tree fruits.

Food safety answers

March 5th, 2018|0 Comments

The latest updates on the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Khot: Drone data for agriculture

February 27th, 2018|0 Comments

While it seems the sky’s the limit, using unmanned aircraft in your orchard requires some caution.

Mullinax: Are you ready for liftoff?

February 27th, 2018|0 Comments

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

Good to Know: Signs of brittle graft unions

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers have new findings on Geneva 41.

Scharlau: Progress, process and unity

February 5th, 2018|1 Comment

Washington Winegrowers has mission to be an industry voice for both growers and vinters.

Hansen: Two sciences must grow together

January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Grape growing research must not ignore the research involved in winemaking.

Blakey: Important lessons at Postharvest Fruit School

January 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Washington State University event scheduled for March 20-22.

Kurrle: USApple works for growers

January 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Trade agreements, farm bill likely targets for 2018.

Bryant: Troubling signs on trade

January 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

With talk of tariffs and ending NAFTA, the apple industry must use defense, data and offense to protect exports.

DeVaney: Expectations from Olympia

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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The political landscape may change in unknown ways in the Washington state capital in 2018,

Gonzales: Spanish sessions exceed expectations at Washington annual meeting

December 7th, 2017|1 Comment

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Twenty-four years ago, Victor Bueno, recipient of the Latino Leadership Award during the 113th Washington

Wine industry involvement can help research come alive

November 6th, 2017|1 Comment

Insightful input: A Good Point by Melissa Hansen

Seeing red in the vineyard

October 27th, 2017|1 Comment

Both biotic and abiotic causes can turn grape leaves red. Here’s what you should look for.

The variabilities of Honeycrisp: Good To Know

October 9th, 2017|2 Comments

Research Commission surveys quality, availability of Honeycrisp at retail.

Customers are willing to pay a premium only on high quality, fresh sliced pears

September 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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A premium price
Recently, a willingness-to-pay study has shown that consumers are willing to pay up

Willett: Taking advantage of technology

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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The desire to automate segments of the tree fruit industry isn’t new.

At its formation, as