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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|0 Comments

This ‘plant destroyer’ fungus thrives in wet soils.

Corr: Our report from Kiwi country

April 2nd, 2018|1 Comment

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

Cowgill: Improving rootstocks for peaches

July 18th, 2017|1 Comment

By Win Cowgill: After NC-140 research project’s success, new studies hope to do the same with peaches.

Corr: Our mission in Spanish

July 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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As every magazine reader knows, this has been an awful decade for the business of

Hansen: Filling void in weed research at WSU

July 6th, 2017|1 Comment

New WSU faculty member puts emphasis on weed management in Washington vineyards.

Rayapati: Risk of virus problems in field-grafted vineyards

June 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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The increasing demand for grapevines in the Pacific Northwest has many growers turning to field

Gilbert: Farm Bill bears fruit for all

June 6th, 2017|3 Comments

A Good Fruit Grower Good Point by Sean Gilbert, Gilbert Orchards

Pscheidt: How to rate viruses

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

With three-dozen different viruses that can be found on cherry trees, which ones do growers need to worry about?

Thurlby: Looking ahead to the Northwest cherry season

May 19th, 2017|0 Comments

In Washington, we just came through the rainiest March on record, and the view from the window tells me the season has yet to give way to what most of us would call “springtime conditions.”

Food safety answers: What’s in your water? — Videos

May 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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Questions abound about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To keep you abreast of

Piece rate questions remain

May 2nd, 2017|1 Comment

In Carranza v. Dovex, a class of farmworkers is suing their employer seeking separate payment for ‘time spent performing outside of picking work.’ There are reasons for growers to be concerned.

How to manage weeds and nitrogen in organic orchards

April 19th, 2017|1 Comment

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Managing weeds and maintaining nitrogen in organic apple production is an expensive and labor-intensive task.

In

How’s the quality of your water?

April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Research helps to develop guidelines for dealing with salinity, sodicity in the vineyard.

Tips from Trellising 101

March 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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Trellising high-value crops or adding superstructure to existing trellises should not be left to guesswork.

The

Corr: Hey, that’s not the Methow Valley!

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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We hear all the time how readers love Good Fruit Grower covers, which showcase the

Auvil: Are you ready for automated harvests?

February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

What growers need to know to prepare for implementing robotic harvest technology

Gix: Pear industry unites

February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Industry shares information at Interpera Congress in South Africa, with plans for 10th annual meeting to be held in U.S. for first time.

Woods: Food safety answers

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

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Questions abound about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To keep you abreast of

Strengthening industry partnerships

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

We’re expanding coverage of IFTA to better serve growers.

Hansen: A focus on wine research

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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As the first year of the Washington wine industry’s amplified research program is now behind

Hanrahan: Food safety questions and answers

January 20th, 2017|0 Comments

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Questions abound about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To keep you abreast of

Year after year, the striking images on our covers live on

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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It’s that time of year again when we’ll be visiting your mailbox more often. From

Moffitt: All pears, all the time

January 13th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Pear Bureau is celebrating 85 years of promoting the beautiful and delicious pears nurtured

Moffitt: All pears, all the time

January 7th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Pear Bureau is celebrating 85 years of promoting the beautiful and delicious pears nurtured

Corr: Training leaders for the next generation

January 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

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Later this month, a group of students will head through the cold and darkness to

Robert: More cider apples are needed to meet soaring demand

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Why should anyone bother growing cider fruit?

Let’s start with what cider fruit is.

There are more

Hansen: Vineyard mechanization – Is grape quality impacted?

December 14th, 2016|3 Comments

New research has the potential to save wine grape growers millions in labor costs.

Sazo: Recruiting – and keeping – workers

December 12th, 2016|0 Comments

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Even as growers plant high-density orchards that require significant labor to maintain, many still lack

Tree fruit technology roadmap : Hort Show Preview

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

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“Continuous Change,” the theme of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association 112th Annual Meeting, is