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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

19 hours ago
RT @SwassRoss: More recruiters and employers interested in flying workers from Mexico to Washington farms to avoid border tension, said Mik…
19 hours ago
RT @SwassRoss: Most common reason for a potential H-2A worker to be denied a visa is having previously been in the U.S. illegally, accordin…
1 day ago
RT @SwassRoss: Trends in Washington foreign guest worker applications: work starting earlier, more pruning requests, more multiple applicat…
1 day ago
RT @SwassRoss: For more on the H-2A application process, read this 2017 by @goodfruitgrower https://t.co/zxylb8qm46 #growersleague
1 day ago
RT @SwassRoss: MasLabor lawyer: If you start the H-2A application process after 65 days before need, you will get your workers late. Every…
1 day ago
@goodfruitgrower’s @SwassRoss is attending an H-2A forum today presented by the Washington Growers League and MasLa… https://t.co/5qBfbCAxH4
7 days ago
Many thanks from @goodfruitgrower to everyone involved in making #WSTFA18 and our industry successful. https://t.co/LiSRWK62AB
7 days ago
RT @findtj: Jon DeVaney and Tim Kovis make the rounds after #hortshow sessions draw to a close concluding the 114th #WSTFA18 annual meeting…
7 days ago
RT @findtj: Ines Hanrahan, executive director of WTFRC, talks about green spotting of Wa38/Cosmic Crisp at a WSU research orchard during th…
7 days ago
RT @sdininny: 50% of new WA Tree Fruit Research Commission projects tied to WA 38, the WSU apple variety to be sold as Cosmic Crisp. #wahor…
7 days ago
RT @sdininny: Busy afternoon on last day of #WSTFA18, all Cosmic Crisp. Talk about royalties and a new $10.5m, 5-year marketing plan to spr…
7 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Ray Schmitten, pear grower, on what new tricks he will use for pest control: "I'm just going to listen to my field rep." Mik…
7 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Schoenwald: Start looking for Little Cherry a couple weeks before harvest and remove it. "We're at an epidemic stage." #WSTF…
7 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Schoenwald of Gebbers has used nematodes but hasn't evaluated results yet. He knows others. "It's just another tool we're g…
7 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Pest and disease control implementation panel: Older pests are getting new life. Codling moth is on the rise, for example. S…
7 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: BASF produces to-go packs of nematodes stored in an inert gel carrier. Just mix with water and spray onto your soil. Trade n…
7 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Final panel: Water water everywhere, how much do your trees need to drink? #hortshow #WSTFA18
7 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Diana Londono of BASF got everyone's attention with super close-up video of nematodes attaching, entering and swimming aroun…
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Applying Surround in the fall as control against psylla the next year is better than nothing: Nottingham. #WSTFA18
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Nottingham suggests generous use of Surround until petal fall, followed by "soft" products such as Esteem and rosemary oil.…
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Louis Nottingham of WSU-Wenatchee says reflective mulch disrupts pear psylla ability to find host trees. Trials mixing it wi…
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Betsy Beers' presentation on Sterile Insect Release trials was a crowd pleaser. Lots and lots of questions. #WSTFA18
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Betsy Beers has been known to give a few presentations on invasive species. "Invasive species kind of took over my life and…
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Betsy Beers is experimenting to Americanize the sterile insect release program that has been successful in British Columbia.…
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Dave Allan starts with at shot at researchers who say "start with the right rootstock for your block." That's easier said t…
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: "Overall very encouraging results for the first year of this project," said Betsy Beers, WSU entomologist, regarding trials…
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Now up, a discussion on matching (and mismatching) rootstocks to your site, with Mario Martinez of Washington Fruit, Bruce…
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: But for bitter pit, all vigor control is not created equal. Using Apogee decreases shoot length by shrinking the internode…
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Excessive vigor in Honeycrisp brings on bitter pit, said @WSUTFRECPhysiol. That's because shoot and leaf growth pulls wate…
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: It's a packed house here in the vigor management session! If I go get more coffee I'll lose my seat! #hortshow #WSTFA18
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Expect Decision Aid System betas next year for models on apple aphid, pear psylla, leaf miner, apple fruit growth and apple…
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Vince Jones of WSU on rebuilt online Decision Aid System. "We are not storing your data in any way, shape or form." #WSTFA18
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Back in #hortshow action and I have my coffee. I'm covering the talks on vigor management. Watch @SwassRoss for insights fr…
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Tobin Northfield of WSU-Wenatchee previously worked in cocoa in Australia. He lay cocoa husks on orchard floor to provide br…
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Moment of silence for the late President GHW Bush to start the morning. #WSTFA18
8 days ago
Happy Wednesday! It’s the final day of #WSTFA18 #hortshow in Yakima. Check the @goodfruitgrower write-up on last ni… https://t.co/5L4AgsunTG
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @WashingtonFruit And Jake Gutzwiler of @Stemilt says that at the end of the season, growers need to adapt their game plan t…
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @WashingtonFruit Bruce Allen, of Columbia Reach, says that Honeycrisp is particularly tricky because of the wide harvest wi…
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @WashingtonFruit Jason Matson, of Matson Fruit, says that timing is everything when it comes to pre-harvest PGRs.
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Nick Plath of @WashingtonFruit says they implement a model to bring some math to the farming process. Sounds familiar 😉 Re…
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Ending the day with a panel on harvest management and fruit quality! #hortshow #WSTFA18
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @AgroFreshWorld Gapper says @AgroFreshWorld is developing a tool to allow growers to juice peel samples pre-harvest to chec…
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Now, Nigel Gapper from @AgroFreshWorld is giving us a much appreciated genomics 101 lesson before launching into research o…
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Best slide of the afternoon research news flash season from Natalie Boyle of USDA in Logan, Utah. So many great Bobs. #WSTFA…
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @WSUWineScience Missing Tom's talk? Learn more about his smoked grapes research in the @goodfruitgrower! https://t.co/DanQ3…
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Katie Taylor of WSU-Prosser: environmental pressures such as temperature and humidity affect viablility of pollenizers. #WST…
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Next up, Tom Collins with the @WSUWineScience will talk about the impacts of wildfire smoke on wine grapes. Wines can devel…
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Dry fungicide application (fogging) offers better control of postharvest decay like blue mold, compared to drenching. But i…
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Yakima County treated more than 1,000 trees for apple maggot in 2018 at a cost of $100,000, said Michael Bush if Yakima Coun…
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Tewadros Wakie of USDA says climate change will make infestation of Oriental Fruit Moth more likely for WA’s orchard areas.…
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: But I’ll admit, this is still sort of how I feel about wearing my postharvest hat. https://t.co/bPg3QvD3CC
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Putting on my postharvest hat now. @WSUTreeFruitExt pathologist Achour Amiri is talking about the pros and cons of thermal-…
8 days ago
RT @sdininny: Richard Kim, Pace International, at #WSTFA18: 6 leading causes of WA postharvest fruit decays in 17-18 were stem end splittin…
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Jim McPherson: we are entering final year of RosBREED 2, a $9.7 million project to breed resistance into parent fruits.
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: WSU cherry breeder Per McCord aims to move trees indoors into pots to protect from frost at Prosser program.
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: In fire blight resistance trials, 16 varieties consistently showed high to moderate resistance, including Golden Gala, enter…
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Of 3 cider apple varieties, Brown Snout showed most harvest efficiency in shake harvest trials: Xim Zhang of WSU. #WSTFA18
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Solid set canopy scale up showing “encouraging” results, said Rajee Sinja of WSU. #WSTFA18 #hortshow
8 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Sheep muzzles?! At first I thought it was a joke, but it seems to be the real deal! You are right, probably not the picture…
8 days ago
RT @findtj: Peter — I do know that fireblight can spread from a dirty block to a clean block with certain weather patterns and the right co…
8 days ago
RT @findtj: Maria Fernandez presenta sobre como Good Fruit Grower en Español sirve los productores de la industria de arboles frutales en #…
8 days ago
RT @findtj: Kari Peter — Fireblight: There’s no debate. There are no good cankers. Get the dead wood out. @drtreefruit #wstfa18 #hortshow @…
8 days ago
RT @findtj: Ken Johnson, Oregon State — Fireblight spread can come from old cankers, ooze drops, places where the pathogen can overwinter.…
8 days ago
RT @findtj: Penn State pathologist Kari Peter @drtreefruit shares insight from research into plant defense elicitors, with the goal of find…
8 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Fire blight panelists: Don't irrigate before bloom. "Trees recover from water stress, they usually don't recover from fire b…
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Visiting from Penn State, Kari Peter, @drtreefruit, shares some prelim findings on products that elicit plant defense again…
9 days ago
RT @findtj: It wouldn’t be a #hortshow without some little technical difficulty and a dramatic save. Today’s came when Mario Miranda Sazo’s…
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The challenge w/ shoot blight is that if your trees are growing well, so is the pathogen, Cox said. Tools that stop blight…
9 days ago
RT @findtj: I know, I know, another room photo. I think it’s worth noting that some of today’s #wstfa #hortshow sessions are quite popular,…
9 days ago
RT @findtj: Bernardita Salato habla de fisiologia de arboles frutales en #wstfa18 #hortshow @goodfruitgrower https://t.co/m30mNxCIwq
9 days ago
RT @findtj: Las sesiones en Español en este momento se encuentran llenas. Por favor mantenerse de pie por el momento #wstfa18 #hortshow @go…
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The remote presenter trends continues, now beaming in @CornellCALS pathologist Kerik Cox, talking about fire blight threats…
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Root blight is sneaky! You may not see ooze or cankers as the bacteria moving through healthy scion tissue into the rootsto…
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: A large show of hands when @USDA_ARS geneticist Gennaro Fazio asked who had fire blight in their orchard this year. As for…
9 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Good morning! Did you manage to find parking at the #WSTFA18 #hortshow in Yakima? I'm starting off the day covering the fir…
9 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: A total of 46 occupations are required to take from from nursery to orchard to store shelf, said Karen Lewis, WSU extension.…
9 days ago
If you’ll be in Michigan for this year’s @GLEXPO, stop by our booth and pick up the convention special edition and… https://t.co/TmGVHhDdyM
9 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Mark Hambelton of MM Orchards uses a five-year running spreadsheet to break down costs, returns, yields by block to "help us…
9 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Orchard system panel says there is no magic answer for choosing a rootstock. Do lots of homework on soil, cultivar, timing,…

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

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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

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Hort Show Contest

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