2019 WASHINGTON STATE HORT SHOW
Good Fruit Grower coverage from the 115th Washington State Tree Fruit Association Annual Meeting and Northwest Hort Expo Dec. 9–11 at the Wenatchee Convention Center in Wenatchee, Washington, and the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Dec. 10–12.

Tree fruit industry leaders honored at 2019 Washington awards banquet

Tree fruit industry bestows honors at annual banquet Read More »

Michigan hort society bestows three awards

Robinettes, Laubach and German get the honors. Read More »

Hort Show sessions end with a Cosmic bang

Final day of the WSTFA Annual Meeting includes in-depth Cosmic Crisp and IPM discussions. Read More »

GLEXPO Day 3: Michigan testing hard cider varieties, red-fleshed apples

MSU study looking for best apples to grow in state. Read More »

GLEXPO Day 2: Speakers have lots of knowledge to share

Fruit rots, new peach varieties and Ethephon in cherries just a few topics. Read More »

GLEXPO Day 1: Spotted lanternfly causing ‘scary, significant economic damage’

Other topics at the Great Lakes EXPO included wildlife management and fungicide resistance in grapes. Read More »

Hort Show Day 2 morning: Maturity matters and climate impacts

Morning sessions also include FSMA readiness, bitter pit trials and cover crops. Read More »

Hort Show Day 2 afternoon: Fruit set variability predicted to increase

Other research session cover pollinizers, fire blight and little cherry disease. Read More »

Hort Show Day 1 morning: Technology, trade and consumer insights

Craft beer (yes, really) and technology emerge as central themes of the first session of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association’s Annual Meeting and NW Hort Show. Read More »

Hort Show Day 1 afternoon: Cost of production and business decisions

Speakers share how rising costs and lower prices may spell an industry downturn and consolidation. Read More »

DeVaney: Washington tree fruit industry future focused

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association plans more education for workers and lawmakers. Read More »

Fervent for fruit: 2019 Good Fruit Grower of the Year

Enthusiasm drives the work of Washington’s Dain Craver, the 2019 Good Fruit Grower of the Year. Read More »

Economist moves view from chaos to confidence

WSTFA Annual Meeting keynote speaker offers new perspective for economic outlook. Read More »

Walk the talk: 2019 Good Fruit Grower of the Year

Dain Craver contributes to industry through education. Read More »

Project aims to reframe the conversation about food and farming

Nonprofit founder will discuss ongoing project about food and farming during Great Lakes EXPO. Read More »

Hanrahan: Looking ahead to the next 50 years

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission wants industry members engaged in creating their future. Read More »

Of hair and horticulture: 2019 Good Fruit Grower of the Year

Dain Craver’s personality drives his passion and career. Read More »

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Industry marketing officials share good news at the virtual Cherry Institute. @NWcherrygrowers @WSUTreeFruitExt.… https://t.co/FBACyzr8CI
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19 hours ago
Proximity to markets is probably the biggest advantage the Midwest and Eastern industries have over the Pacific Nor… https://t.co/KD1KYbGDXI
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Ohio Apples changes its name to @FreshFwdFarms, emphasizing its regional focus. https://t.co/KWu3fDWUFx
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New @MSUExtension viticulture educator who spoke at @GLEXPO thinks Northwest Michigan can produce the best sparklin… https://t.co/uasIIRjmAk
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WSU’s @deirdregriff analyzes Washington soils for wine grapes, helping to define “healthy soil” for that industry.… https://t.co/DNsZbNhFPO
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Tree Fruit Day in Olympia to go virtual this year. https://t.co/1FoUKVqWSX
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Though less famous than its @WSUTreeFruitExt cousin, WA 38, the WA 2 apple is progressing in volume and tree sales.… https://t.co/kANRFevZW4
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A host of policy changes may await the tree fruit industry in 2021, as WSTFA and @usapples explain.… https://t.co/IDg6SuNePf
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New York combines tree fruit sessions into one statewide online conference; Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conven… https://t.co/NLxyfNaQyi
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WA tree fruit groups seek higher vaccine priority for farmworkers. https://t.co/qIUGtheJcw
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6 days ago
The U.S. Department of Labor has revised H-2A rules that aim to streamline the hiring process for employers and boo… https://t.co/8QP7rlXt5p
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7 days ago
Ag employer groups appeal Washington’s extension of emergency COVID-19 rules. https://t.co/2ms8XLKnJR
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Eric Jessup, an ag and transportation expert @WSUecons, says trucking prices are awfully high and yes, it’s the cor… https://t.co/2cqCdfTYBG
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8 days ago
The @NWcherrygrowers' Cherry Institute and Tree Fruit Days go virtual: Series of webinars Jan. 18–22 organized by… https://t.co/6wMK1ONsZF
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8 days ago
The @WSDAgov is looking at new WA grape pest quarantine rules, sponsored by the @WAwinegrowers, to protect the indu… https://t.co/FIMx8mYYZ5
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9 days ago
2020 and the tale of two grape markets: pandemic boosted demand for juice while wineries struggled. @Wa_State_Winehttps://t.co/LfixabHGlO
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13 days ago
Meet Erica Bland from Dryden WA, #GFGYoungGrower in the Jan. 1 issue. As a pear farmer and member of the Blue Star… https://t.co/IMSpp5e9ka
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14 days ago
Despite worries about not being able to open, farm markets such as @bowmanorchards and @CarterMountain saw record c… https://t.co/ITvljKz5Gv
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14 days ago
WAVEx webinar from @Wa_State_Wine on Jan 20 will help grape growers do the mechanization math for their own vineyar… https://t.co/0dquUtmROt
14 days ago
MSU’s Todd Einhorn given new position, funding with @HorticultureMSU. https://t.co/3g0KAZjFSq
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14 days ago
Farm hospitality: New ventures in cider, wine and pear pizza bring more visitors and stronger financial footing to… https://t.co/Uxbiwc3RCN
15 days ago
Want winter orchard tours without the frozen toes? IFTA’s got you covered with its virtual meeting, planned for Feb… https://t.co/CthWIwXBF3
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15 days ago
Don’t call it a hobby farm: how off-farm income enables many growers to farm on firmer financial footing.… https://t.co/yZNIgm6BE9
16 days ago
Susan Brown of @CornellAgriTech named NAI Fellow with @AcadofInventors for her apple breeding efforts. https://t.co/cztG7CbFsF
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16 days ago
There will be financial ups and downs in the next few years, but the long-term prospects for tree fruit are solid,… https://t.co/H3KOqPCoCe
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16 days ago
Web portals offer online dating-style matchmaking for agricultural investment. @acretraderinc, @FarmTogetherHQ,… https://t.co/y5hGB2hNYs
17 days ago
The pandemic carries many price tags for the tree fruit industry. @goodfruitgrower attempts to break down a few of… https://t.co/6RptwfnntJ
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22 days ago
Backed by @GrapeResearch, a new SCRI-funded project led by @WSU_IAREC’s Markus Keller focuses on sensor technology… https://t.co/WbpHgWNUYU
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23 days ago
A new federal grant helps researchers and breeders figure out the building blocks for better berries, including… https://t.co/FVSrMpbpv1
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23 days ago
The Great Lakes region needs great cider apples. @MSUAgBio grad student @CiderappleDNA’s research aims to find them… https://t.co/c1nOhR0Zjr
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24 days ago
Rank your top five food safety concerns in the produce industry in an anonymous online survey from @WSU_IAREC and… https://t.co/O1LLgLFR49
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24 days ago
A tale of two grape regions: Pennsylvania’s northwest juice and southeast wine grapes all need pest protection, and… https://t.co/PMSZxCot6m
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29 days ago
RT @karen4growers: Highly recommend @goodfruitgrower feature on Hayden and Amanda Dooney @suncrestapples @NorfolkApples @ontarioapples @gro…
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29 days ago
A farm is born: Hayden and Amanda @DooneyRanch, who both grew up on family farms, share the experience of starting… https://t.co/Bkb0ZmY0Px
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30 days ago
Does this chance seedling stand a chance in today’s sophisticated apple evaluation landscape? One Yakima-area growe… https://t.co/RK9tKApHyT
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31 days ago
Employers may require the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the @USEEOC. https://t.co/ywkRdUWbom
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31 days ago
To curb precocious trees, one Michigan grower breaks their branches. https://t.co/ry0pigFReM https://t.co/1KssZaTB3T
31 days ago
The pollen tube growth model can help New York growers hit their target crop loads. If the weather cooperates.… https://t.co/8FRJL5c58z
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35 days ago
Organic growers beware: Agro Gold WS soil amendment determined to contain active pesticide ingredients and its use… https://t.co/qjFP2m23wt
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35 days ago
The mechanical SWEET cherry harvester may still have a future. https://t.co/TUfaHCx964
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35 days ago
The mechanical cherry harvester may still have a future. @WazzuCpaas @MDWhiting @KarkeeManojhttps://t.co/bWzx5dVueJ
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36 days ago
RT @CiderappleDNA: Day 276: hey look I’m in the December issue of @goodfruitgrower in this great article from @milkovich_matt https://t.co/…
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36 days ago
Don’t wait for a silver bullet, says robotics developer Mel Torrie, @RobotCEO, of @ASIRobots. Growers instead shoul… https://t.co/RjV7vRzrBZ
36 days ago
In 2020, @Abundant_ag steps closer to commercializing a robotic apple harvester, while COVID-19 kept FF Robotics fr… https://t.co/1uNmdsSr5X
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37 days ago
Penn State's @drtreefruit seeking tree fruit and small fruit growers to complete a brief survey on anthracnose rots… https://t.co/3LiCBdTcCf
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37 days ago
Some WA growers elect to two-pick @thecosmiccrisp, but it won’t be necessary as trees mature, according to WSU’s… https://t.co/bUnwQn03i1
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38 days ago
Learn a few things about pandemic on-farm housing from @ORagriculture and @OrchardViewCher https://t.co/BsJDOP4NUT https://t.co/cDt7Z5cO3g
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42 days ago
MI hort society honors a peach breeder and an apple grower at #GLEXPO https://t.co/R9txCvH3Cj https://t.co/ZLhvFemWZp
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42 days ago
Wanted: WA farmers to complete end-of-season COVID-19 impact survey from @UW, @wsucahnrs, @WSDAgov https://t.co/IAWq1yuoXW
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42 days ago
North American cider might envy the UK’s bigger market and more mature industry, but every industry has its challen… https://t.co/B6UXZ8npBT
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42 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: #GLEXPO this morning. Neil Macdonald is talking UK and EU hard cider trends.
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RT @milkovich_matt: Covid-19 has been rough on UK cider sales. Pub and restaurant closures have hurt. Rises in bulk and other sales have he…
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RT @milkovich_matt: English mechanical harvesters harvest cider apples from the ground. "Shake and catch" concept just doesn't work for the…
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43 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Clemson's Libby Cieniwiecz is talking about strategies to keep peach orchards free from viruses. #GLEXPO
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43 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Michigan plum production has gone down since 2006, now 350 acres on 125 farms in 2018. Down from 750 acres in 2006. #GL…
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43 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: UWisconsin's Brian Smith is talking pollenizer and fruit set in plums. #GLEXPO
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43 days ago
Officials with @AgWeatherNet are on the lookout for weather station thieves. https://t.co/x1Ytj45g0w
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43 days ago
Michigan will never dominate the blueberry market like it used to, but it can still compete in a global marketplace… https://t.co/kDfnt9jv2L
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Organic control of pests was one of the topics at Day 3 of #hortshow2020. @WSUEntomology, @2robsterlobster,… https://t.co/7PJZIemF4p
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RT @SwassRoss: Pest session at #hortshow2020 has moved to a panel with Brad Higbee of Trece, Dain Craver an organic grower in the Columbia…
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Washington orchards host robotic arms race — Video

Developments in harvest automation continue but fall short of commercialization. Read More »

Apple growers blown away by defoliation demonstrations — Video

New pneumatic defoliators use alternating pulses of air to strip off leaves. Read More »