2018 WASHINGTON STATE HORT SHOW
Good Fruit Grower coverage from the 114th Washington State Tree Fruit Association Annual Meeting and Northwest Hort Expo
December 3-5, 2018, at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, Washington.

Growing generations: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

Block by block, the Plath family has grown a company — and a reputation for quality — by focusing on every aspect of fruit production from tree to market. Read More »

Growing by the numbers: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

Growing unconventionally: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

Growing potential: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

Funding education is a top priority for the Plath family. Read More »

Good Fruit Growers of the Year

WSTFA18: Cosmic Crisp concludes the show

WSTFA18: Disease, pest and vigor management panels

Tree fruit industry leaders honored at 2018 Washington awards banquet

WSTFA18: Postharvest problems

WSTFA18: Fire blight in the spotlight : Video

WSTFA annual meeting, Day 1

A wrap of the first day's discussions at the WSTFA Annual Meeting and Hort Show in Yakima Read More »

To see opportunities, look at the world differently – Hort Show preview

Keynote speaker at the WSTFA Annual Meeting says the future doesn’t have to surprise us. Read More »

The frost fight – EXPO preview

Researcher weighs in on heat, wind or water to fight frost. Read More »

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Avoiding bruised blues: A few PNW blueberry growers are testing prototype soft-catch harvesters to allow fresh mark… https://t.co/YrZynrcGIA
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9 hours ago
Check https://t.co/iP5Va3YeIZ for coverage of the pear industry meetings soon. https://t.co/IWA57Zrdjf
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11 hours ago
Combining mechanical vineyard management techniques can achieve near hand-labor quality for a fraction of the costs… https://t.co/8oFBJCdeJv
1 day ago
Pruning to bud count can boost size and color, says @MSUExtension educator Phill Schwallier. https://t.co/BhaEPdNNLs
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1 day ago
High-density harvest of tart cherries is possible, but there are roadblocks. See what some Michigan growers and… https://t.co/mjaL9CqR5o
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2 days ago
With industry consolidations and forced adjustments, Northwest Michigan cherry growers have seen better days. https://t.co/q1gjHCiorl
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2 days ago
Yes, China imports U.S. cherries, but they’re also getting pretty darn good at growing their own, says @MDWhiting o… https://t.co/36QBR0Fj36
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6 days ago
It was a close vote, but a majority of tart cherry growers and processors support renewing marketing order. https://t.co/VzWlCLpz7A
6 days ago
In August, @usapples's annual outlook conference will be held online. Details: https://t.co/DuKK0rdyWt
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7 days ago
Growing cherries is hard. Fortunately, a few industry veterans have some words of advice and encouragement.… https://t.co/kKRqkYThUo
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8 days ago
Apple and pear growers are eligible for direct support from the @usdafsa Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, but d… https://t.co/1nZbXAYaJM
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8 days ago
In the shadow of the coronavirus, produce marketers such as @NWcherrygrowers and @Stemilt scramble to create online… https://t.co/aWzzwJ34cm
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9 days ago
A wine grape virologist @WSU_IAREC encourages growers to bring samples in for virus screening.… https://t.co/44JObvCSEc
10 days ago
Sap beetles take Michigan cherries by surprise. @MSUExtension https://t.co/PlbyJdQsIs https://t.co/AHzD6A5H9z
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10 days ago
Little cherry disease poses a big risk to the PNW cherry industry, so WSU and OSU researchers are working hard to b… https://t.co/SnZVWnrNMA
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10 days ago
Officials don’t want European cherry fruit fly to spread beyond Western New York, but a small cherry industry there… https://t.co/0tppZtqtDV
13 days ago
Washington’s @ChelanFresh and @OneontaSRG awarded funding to supply @USDA Farmers to Families food boxes through ne… https://t.co/KiSe9Kljka
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13 days ago
Meet Alicia Abendroth, our young grower featured in the May 15 issue. Originally from Germany, she co-owns the fami… https://t.co/qVSslVcePX
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14 days ago
Bunk beds are still allowed in farmworker housing, with conditions, under new Washington state rules. https://t.co/o1GJYVbB15
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14 days ago
Catch little cherry disease early with good sampling and scouting practices, according to columnists Tianna DuPont… https://t.co/IxWigzpPqd
14 days ago
The challenges of selling cherries in a pandemic are many, but the @NWcherrygrowers team has a plan to adapt to the… https://t.co/t1t1flVHmk
15 days ago
The @NWcherrygrowers convene virtually for annual preseason meeting and call for a 201,500-ton crop.… https://t.co/N40MI8YDlk
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15 days ago
Tree fruit industry groups have issued guidance to production companies facing protests, walkouts and increased scr… https://t.co/4A5y14eZN7
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15 days ago
Even wineries that prefer hand-picked grapes can use mechanization as a tool to improve vineyard management. See ho… https://t.co/70VFBYqD2m
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16 days ago
Washington to give out 50,000 free masks to agricultural workers through nonprofit groups. https://t.co/2DARoUdDc5
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16 days ago
No more late nights calculating payroll. Growers such as @ssdurfey and her family turn to phone apps to manage empl… https://t.co/BVRWUJGK2m
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17 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Hey Twitter, how can the @goodfruitgrower help you as we look ahead to the rest of 2020? What information do you need or wh…
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17 days ago
Oregon fruit growers have a few extra weeks to prepare for the emergency pandemic rules governing agriculture and l… https://t.co/7qSfVmLCze
17 days ago
Stressed about thinning your apples? Try artificial spur extinction. @plantandfood https://t.co/KTdhEqJ2Ld https://t.co/LpISMQXKHN
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20 days ago
With 100 clone/rootstock combinations and 3600 data vines, the “mother of all Cabernet trials” takes on climate cha… https://t.co/1jw1WpUwUu
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21 days ago
Canadian growers have relied on international farmworkers for decades, but the pandemic put the program in jeopardy… https://t.co/QJPAQ94Wvg
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22 days ago
Agencies and associations roll out information for employers about how to keep farming during coronavirus and still… https://t.co/kONkrnot0T
23 days ago
Sales go on with social distancing as farm markets adapt to coronavirus conditions. @nafdma, @robinetteshttps://t.co/Q1dqWiZsLp
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24 days ago
The pandemic response shows how people can put politics aside when an emergency threatens. Next year, can the same… https://t.co/bi2VsS2ZdK
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24 days ago
Get a little dirty and dig a soil pit to find out the true story under your trees with @b_sallato and @WSU_IAREC.… https://t.co/8WSYT1MJAF
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27 days ago
What did the tree fruit industry learn from the first year of FMSA inspections, and how can it prepare for the next… https://t.co/oiNXAbaYg0
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27 days ago
Meet Joel Carter from Summerland, B.C., our young grower featured in the May 1 issue. Joel left a job in finance,… https://t.co/tmy3JCNm1p
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28 days ago
Oregon issues new temporary rules for farming during the pandemic. Banning bunk beds in housing is among the stipul… https://t.co/fXFXPhkmXO
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28 days ago
Own property in WA that was once an orchard? Brace yourself for some historic maps and questions about farming meth… https://t.co/Ow2YtAenmU
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29 days ago
Washington lawmakers approve new state soil health initiative led by @wsuCSANR and @chadekruger. Growers are encour… https://t.co/LZ1lAjgire
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30 days ago
Roundup made it simple, but grape growers who face pressure to move away from the herbicide need to study up on the… https://t.co/c9NDi1BHbE
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31 days ago
Proposals for @USDA_AMS Farmers to Families Food Box Program due May 1. https://t.co/tHIQoDt34L
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31 days ago
Researchers at NNII and @WSU_IAREC have been unable to conclusively blame a virus for mysterious tree decline in ce… https://t.co/TLWNCXH6Do
34 days ago
Blueberry blossoms and dandelions are still doing their jobs through the pandemic, and so is the @goodfruitgrower.… https://t.co/3LzFotFF6R
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34 days ago
A big shout out to the essentials, both growers and their workers, like this crew stretching trellis wire Thursday… https://t.co/WGt8dWjchS
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35 days ago
IFTA talk focuses on how Italian growers are modernizing their orchards. @iFruitTree https://t.co/CfTWpiLH8K https://t.co/w7PWZugIiy
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35 days ago
Growers are tapping into West-central Michigan’s potential. @MSUAgBio, @iFruitTree https://t.co/OoHN8dE36D https://t.co/oMvgM5QnlZ
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36 days ago
After testing workers with no symptoms, @Stemilt announces 36 test positive for coronavirus. https://t.co/plTyCTvq0H
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36 days ago
After X disease takes a big bite out of peach and nectarine acreage, the PNW’s last big grower opts to go it alone… https://t.co/JuchJv9X1v
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37 days ago
A jury awarded $265 million to a Missouri peach farmer for damages from dicamba drift. Other lawsuits are pending. https://t.co/4REvK4tO6v
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38 days ago
Earwigs control woolly apple aphid and don’t harm the fruit they’re enlisted to protect, according to… https://t.co/E7gU3Gq0PG
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41 days ago
In Washington, @UFWupdates and @FUJWashington have sued the state for not setting clear worker protection rules for… https://t.co/gVPfsivseJ
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41 days ago
Meet Brittany Komm from East Wenatchee, our #GFGYoungGrower featured in the April 15 issue. Now a viticulturist, s… https://t.co/W4OnxqgFPu
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42 days ago
Sustainability seems to appeal to wine consumers, but Lulie Halstead of @WineIntell says successful marketing with… https://t.co/tegxpWmZXi
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42 days ago
The Washington wine industry faces oversupply and everyone is eyeing new opportunities and strategies to compete fo… https://t.co/glSXLpQoz7
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43 days ago
How does soil health relate to orchard productivity? Washington State University’s Tianna DuPont and Lee Kalcsits a… https://t.co/lCAphi1Sim
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43 days ago
Jenn Smithyman, precision agriculture specialist @SteMichelle, riffs on her use of remote sensing with… https://t.co/uLWnoJxEFI
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44 days ago
A cyclical doldrum in the agriculture economy has caused a nationwide rise in farm bankruptcies, while changes in U… https://t.co/upbeKvG5b9
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44 days ago
Apple trees are expensive. You can insure them now with a program from @usdaRMA, developed in part by @usapples.… https://t.co/3dJ5dTfYuo
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45 days ago
As BMSB makes itself at home in Oregon, growers realize that the pest really likes pears. Learning how to best mana… https://t.co/ccpVJC8i2r
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Helping the family that grows together to stay together – EXPO preview

Featured speaker at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO will discuss strategies for family farm businesses. Read More »

Fire blight control featured at 2018 WSTFA Annual Meeting

Growers to gather for December’s annual conference in Yakima, Washington. Read More »