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2017 WASHINGTON STATE HORT SHOW
We will be covering the 113th Washington State Tree Fruit Association Annual Meeting and Northwest Hort Expo
December 4-6, 2017, at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Washington.

Labor, pests and disease: Hort show, Day 3 wrap

Tree fruit industry bestows honors at Washington awards banquet

1 day ago
Quarantine zone for the European cherry fruit fly expands in New York. Residents in the area are urged not to trans… https://t.co/2zwbZekb4A
2 days ago
Good news for apples! Mexico lifts tariffs on U.S. apples after U.S. drops tariffs on Mexican steel and aluminum.… https://t.co/pnP2v7frQP
2 days ago
@GovInslee expands drought declaration areas as Washington’s #drought worsens. https://t.co/XuWo4vSIg5 https://t.co/BkGOXZJTZL
7 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Growers and industry reps predict Northwest sweet cherry crop of 236,400-tons or 23.6 million 20-pound box equivalents. #nwc…
7 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Thurlby: NW crop started late but coming in rapidly and it might be compressed geographically based on bloom time and growin…
7 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Thurlby: “We could have another 35 million box crop all over West Coast” including California and the NW states. #nwcherries…
7 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: California has a record cherry crop but it’s raining and expected to rain more, said West Mathison of Stemilt. #NorthwestCh…
7 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Michael: Wal-Mart moves 20 percent more cherries in late season if they have demos. #NorthwestCherries
7 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: James Michael of Northwest Cherries focusing on digital marketing to get cherries into online shopping lists for “drive-by s…
7 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: WSTFA has rescheduled the 2019 annual meeting to second Monday of December in Wenatchee to avoid having it day after Thanksg…
7 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Jon DeVaney of WSTFA: Regulators in DC are considering allocating more funding for H-2A visa program. $8 million latest sugg…
7 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Powers: There is talk in DC about another round of aid to offset trade losses in the neighborhood of $15 billion overall. No…
7 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Mark Powers of the Northwest Hort Council on tariffs. “The good news is we weren’t on China’s retaliatory list that came out…
7 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: B.J. Thurlby: Washington apricots will be short this year at about 3,400 tons. Last year it was 4,100 tons. Down about 21 pe…
7 days ago
@goodfruitgrower's @SwassRoss delivering the news from the WA State Fruit Commission and 5-state cherry meetings to… https://t.co/esPn8p0P1J
20 days ago
Meet Michael Mitterer, our @goodfruitgrower Young Grower in the May 1, 2019 issue. Michael is pursuing internships… https://t.co/hrMprQktT6
26 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Interesting presentations at #NOSB on innovations in biodegradable plastic mulch that could replace polyurethane mulch and…
26 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Why am I at the National Organic Standards Board meeting in Seattle? Here's a story I wrote for the @goodfruitgrower last y…
26 days ago
RT @kprengaman: I'm really struck by the depth and breadth of issues the #NOSB has to tackle. From verifying the purity of seed genetics to…
27 days ago
In the countdown to its big launch this fall, #CosmicCrisp grading standards are now available. Get an early look a… https://t.co/ncKyLF5FQo
27 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Something new and different today, I'm headed to the National #Organic Standards Board meeting in Seattle to cover issues o…
29 days ago
Two for Tuesday! Check out these two stories on apple rootstocks. @kprengaman examines how more options mean more c… https://t.co/Hc1gksJuCW
30 days ago
When it comes to wine, do you think pink? More winemakers are giving thought to intentionally creating rosé to quen… https://t.co/d5xphvxXGH
33 days ago
Ever seen a beaver graft? Check out @SwassRoss’s story about this unique technique for converting to a multileader… https://t.co/vFhDhAsse4
34 days ago
What makes a tree a tree? @kprengaman shows us how @USDA_ARS researchers in Kearneysville WV are answering some gen… https://t.co/9yf96KEffa
35 days ago
Dig into our story about root windows and the research @WSUTreeFruitExt’s Bernardita Sallato is doing to study root… https://t.co/qw5Cg1HWOF
36 days ago
Merlot sales slumped after the movie Sideways slammed the popular wine 15 years ago. Read about its rebound in this… https://t.co/YVlltQjtpi
42 days ago
RT @kprengaman: It's not often the @goodfruitgrower ends up in the @CJR but it's cool they are taking a look at how Ag industry publication…
44 days ago
Feeling bitter about bitter pit? Learn about efforts to prevent it in @kprengaman’s story about rootstock research… https://t.co/NFoTx0npoZ
56 days ago
🤖 coming to an orchard near you. Future #robotoverlord ? https://t.co/uq8v17zVlh
57 days ago
WSTFA is offering FSMA grower training in English & Spanish April 11 & 12 and May 2 & 3 in Wenatchee and Yakima. Re… https://t.co/H1QHRh1pU9
70 days ago
RT @sdininny: Phillips: The take-home message is that GA is not a substitute for good farming and harvest practices. It will complement tho…
70 days ago
RT @sdininny: Phillips: Split applications can be helpful for Chelan, staggered bloom period resulting in staggered maturity, or late matur…
70 days ago
RT @sdininny: Phillips: Thorough coverage is critical. Optimum absorption occurs at 70- 80 degrees F. @bphillips4149 #Cherry #FruitSchool
70 days ago
RT @sdininny: Byron Phillips @bphillips4149 of Valent USA shares tips on PGRs. Specific tips on Gibberellic Acid: Match the dose (rate per…
70 days ago
RT @sdininny: Lawrence on bee basics: And nutritional needs stimulate the type of pollen the bees seek. So, have diverse pollinizers close…
70 days ago
RT @sdininny: Lawrence on bee basics: Incoming pollen and nectar stimulate egg laying. Increase in egg laying and nutritional demands of la…
70 days ago
RT @sdininny: WSU's Tim Lawrence on pollinators: Crack your hives. See what's inside and know if you have a healthy colony. #Cherry @FruitS…
70 days ago
RT @sdininny: Thompson: In short, you won't see improvements overnight if you decide to mulch. Be patient. Choose a system that's easy to f…
70 days ago
RT @sdininny: Thompson: But mulch significantly increased organic matter and water infiltration. Expect to see increases to active carbon,…
70 days ago
RT @sdininny: Thompson: Takeaways after 2 yrs: Mulch did not increase yield, packout, fruit size, fruit quality, leaf nitrogen. @FruitTreeA…
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @WSUTreeFruitExt It's been a long day for my brain so I'm really digging (ha!) these flow charts for troubleshooting suspec…
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Think you have a nutrient deficiency? Investigate systematically before you just apply more fertilizer, @WSUTreeFruitExt's…
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Stress can slow or halt root growth, decreasing health. Drought, saturation, replant stress, or even high temperatures can…
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @WSUTFRECPhysiol Roots need to grow into pockets of some nutrients to intercept them (such as phosphorus), while others are…
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Next up Lee Kalcsits @WSUTFRECPhysiol, talks about root systems and the role they play in nutrition. There's more diversity…
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Moving toward fruiting wall systems will enable more efficient, safer platform-based labor, @MDWhiting says. Think about t…
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The right system for you is a complex decision based on site, soils, cultivar, quality, rootstocks, yield, light, topograph…
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Now @WSU_IAREC's @MDWhiting promises to get both philosophical and physiological about the systems of the future. #Cherry #…
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The KGB and UFO systems increase efficiency for pruning, for establishment, and for harvest without ladders, said @OSUPearC…
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Systems systems systems. It's all about light interception and renewal. #Cherry #FruitSchool
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: More background on testing MSU's dwarfing Corette cherry rootstocks series in WA from @goodfruitgrower https://t.co/ENs0VY1…
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: A quick size chart look at the rootstocks available for sweet cherries from the MSU rootstock program, the Corette series…
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Next up is @OSUPearCherry's Lynn Long talking about what cherry growers need in the next rootstocks #Cherry #FruitSchool
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: WSU's cherry breeding program needs to pull from a larger gene pool to make progress, McCord said. Also he plans to put see…
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: To cull the program, DNA tests, automation, and testing at multiple locations all improve accuracy of assessment, WSU breed…
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @WSU_IAREC McCord: My goal is 10,000 seeds from 40 crosses a year. Using retain to boost seed set and planning to build gre…
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: What do we want from new cherry cultivars? Early or late, big, firm, and powdery mildew resistance. My job is to get us th…
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Seavert now discusses the https://t.co/SPeSX68do7 tool that can help growers predict and plan for climate change on a farm…
71 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Thanks to the power of technology, OSU's economist Clark Seavert is beaming into the @WSUTreeFruitExt Cherry Fruit School f…
71 days ago
@goodfruitgrower's @kprengaman is covering Cherry Fruit School today and will share the latest from… https://t.co/D4aCpDuK8U
83 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: IFTA’s neon hat mafia brings to a dose the final tour stop with a thank you gift to Scott VanDeWalle, left, holding bag. And…
83 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Just met a New York Grower who nick-named his mechanical pollen blower the “Inseminator.” But he always says it in his best…
83 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: With enough organization, harvest can be a calming season at Fowler Farms, the largest Apple Grower in the state of New York…
83 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: “We do not do this to reprimand, we do this to uplift.” - Paul Wafler on his on-platform cameras https://t.co/PTdWcDCxGp
83 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: #ifta2019 https://t.co/4P8ejBQuQj
83 days ago
From somewhere warm, we hope, you can follow @goodfruitgrower's @SwassRoss on the last day of #IFTA2019 in Rocheste… https://t.co/WmfxvWcQbC
83 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: He discussed how to find technology that fits a problem, rather than adopting technology for technology’s sake. #IFTA2019 ht…
84 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Lisa Jenereaux of Spurr Brothers Farms in Nova Scotia was introduced as the new president of the IFTA, becoming the first wo…
84 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: “Evidence, fight a little bit, more evidence, fight a little bit, IFTA trips, fight a little bit.” Young grower Mark Evans,…
84 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: “Every day we find new storage disorders on honeycrisp and we don’t know what they are,” Kahlke said.
84 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Watercore is a desirable trait in Japan, defect in the West. #IFTA2019
84 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Greg Kahlke of Cornell extension believes more growers should do their own firmness test. #IFTA2019
84 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Make sure you have clearly defined objectives, design and statistical analysis before starting an on-farm research project,…
84 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: After serving three full terms, Phil Schwallier and Bill Dodd retired from the IFTA board of directors. The group has reduce…
84 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: It’s possible to bost yield and quality at the same time. Nick Dokoozlian, vice president of viticulture and enology at Gall…
84 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: “I’m from California. I don’t go out and prune unless its 50 degrees.” He passed on the outdoor toor yesterday when temperat…
84 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: “When the trees have sex you start having problems with STDs.” - Tom Auvil to a chorus of laughter. #IFTA2019

Overhiser, Isaacs and others honored at Great Lakes Expo

Wilbur-Ellis: 2017 Hort Show coverage sponsor

Gonzales: Spanish sessions exceed expectations at Washington annual meeting

Watch the 2017 Hort Show video summaries

GLExpo Day 3 wrap: using plant growth regulators for flowering, fruit set, and other aspects of physiology

 

Strong market for Michigan sweet cherries: GLExpo Day 2 wrap

Organics: Hort show Day 2, afternoon wrap

Playing to win: Day 2 Hort show, morning wrap

Anticipation and Flexibility: Day 1, Hort Show morning wrap

Varieties and Cosmic Crisp: Day 1, Hort Show afternoon wrap

GLExpo Day 1 wrap: pests, pollinators and soil microbes

An Oregon trailblazer: 2017 Grower of the year

Curiosity, sharing and innovation drive Mike Omeg, a fifth-generation cherry grower. Read More »

A grower with industry influence: 2017 Grower of the year

Grower of the Year Mike Omeg has an impressive list of industry contributions and accomplishments. Read More »

Omeginsanity — ‘I was a little bit shocked’: 2017 Grower of the year

Avoiding the pitfalls: Expo 2017 Preview

Managing relationships is an important key to family farms: Great Lakes Farm Market EXPO Read More »

Hort Show Contest

Win a Gator! Read More »