The latest columns from our print magazine:
Langager: Commenting 101
The why and how of submitting comments to the federal government.
Good to Know: Production priorities for USDA research
At Appalachian Fruit Research Station, scientists focus on sustainable production for modern systems.
Good to Know: IPM with a phenology focus
Connecting pear psylla phenology with IPM strategies proves successful for Wenatchee Valley pear growers.
Hansen: Drones may help improve biocontrol in wine grapes
New research shows drones and attractant have potential to sustainably enhance beneficials in Washington vineyards.
Good to Know: Innovative research projects bearing fruit
USDA-ARS scientists combine traditional methods with biotechnology to advance tree fruit breeding processes.
Hansen: A clear objective for smoke research
Washington State Wine Commission is taking a multipronged approach.
Scharlau: A proactive pathway for problem-solving
Grape industries need collaborative approaches to the challenges they face.
O’Rourke: Columbia Basin’s bounty reshaped the fruit industry
Agricultural economist’s book highlights the Washington industry’s growing advantage in the Columbia Basin.
Dininny: December is for gathering together
For the 26th year, Good Fruit Grower is proudly honoring an outstanding grower with its Grower of the Year award...
Bierer: Carbon accounting
New USDA soil project will assess carbon balance of an apple orchard over time.
DeVaney: Prevailing problems
The Washington State Tree Fruit Association wants more transparency for growers around the state’s wage surveys, one of many labor-related priorities for 2023.
Good to Know: Research works
An overview of this year’s research projects and upcoming research reviews.
Hansen: Mealybug mating disruption
Specialty crop grant will help develop sustainable mealybug control in Washington vineyards.
England: Coming together
The “Stronger Together” theme of this year’s Hort Show emphasizes the importance of playing as a tree fruit team.
Good to Know: Progress for the Orchard of the Future
International collaboration around orchard technology begins trials.
Langager: MRLs made easy
NHC launches rebuilt online MRL database to help growers stay on top of the myriad market-specific pesticide requirements.
Gerlach: The need for Newton
USApple launches online database to make apple statistics more accessible for answering industry questions.
Fryhover: Exporting Cosmic Crisp
With Washington growers expecting 5 million boxes, it’s time to invest in international marketing.
Dininny: Still going and growing online
We have good news to share.
Van den Ende: Tame your trees
For high-density pear plantings, it’s critical to get an early start.
Moffitt: New realities for pears
Pear Bureau marketing promotes pears to younger consumers in physical, digital and virtual realities.
Hansen: Smart thinning
Washington wine industry helps develop new vineyard technology by investing in collaboration.
Maycock: Putting the ag in ag tech
Could a collaborative model improve the outcomes for ag tech startups and the growers who need them?
Brown: Precision viticulture takes center stage
Missed the bus? Let the National Grape Research Alliance president fill you in on the highlights of the precision vit demo day.
Garza: Taking Washington ag to new places
WSDA helps growers share their story in export markets.
Thurlby: Fruitful thinking
Northwest cherry growers hope to take advantage of market opportunities in 2022.
Willett: The past and future of codling moth control
Looking back on past success can help the industry meet current pest management challenges.
Martinez: Help wanted
Labor recruiter provides perspective on H-2A, responsible recruitment and the ag labor shortage.
Good to Know: Pay attention to paraquat
Following safety concerns in registration review, restricted-use herbicide now has additional requirements for handlers and applicators.
Benedict: Washington invests in soil
The state’s soil health initiative will combine long-term research and incentives to encourage adoption of recommended practices.
Hansen: Research provides phylloxera knowledge — Video
Risk assessment map shows Washington soils in many growing regions are conducive to phylloxera.
Dininny: Tell us about you
Take part in our quick online survey to help us plan our coverage for the upcoming season.
Hoheisel: Chilling insights — Video
New model to predict blueberry cold hardiness, developed with years of bud damage data, now available on WSU’s AgWeatherNet.
Witherbee: Nutrition to tuition — A history of WAEF
Outgoing Washington Apple Education Foundation leader reflects on past, looks to future.
Scharlau: Leadership of tomorrow
Washington’s AgForestry Leadership Program reflects on its origins and looks to the future.
Good to Know: Integrated research
Entomologists at the USDA laboratory in Wapato, Washington, work to advance IPM for orchards.
Knight: The prescription for effective monitoring of codling moth
Two decades of research yields non-pheromone lure composed of plant volatiles, acetic acid.
Scharlau: Rebels with a sustainable cause
Washington wine leaders worked long and hard to finally reach “the Standard.”
Torres: New alternative for superficial scald
A plant-derived antioxidant oil proves comparable to synthetic controls now banned in some export markets.
Schmidt-Jeffris: Predator applications
How can growers successfully release beneficial insects for pest control? New USDA research effort aims to find out.
Good to Know: Breeding insights
The USDA’s efforts bring bioinformatics approach to advance specialty crop breeding.
DeVaney: A new year ahead
After these unprecedented years, the tree fruit industry should take the opportunity to reflect on our successes so far and the opportunities ahead of us.
Dininny: Another year of Good Fruit tidings
We’re looking forward to joining you at the hort shows and beyond.
Good to Know: Dialing in disease control
Best practices for fungicide stewardship.
Hansen: Shining the light on collaboration
Research collaboration is helping to bring global awareness to Washington wines.
Matson: Weather the storm
Preparing for progress toward smoother sailing is the vision of the WSTFA annual meeting.
May: Improving industry input channels
The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission implements changes to increase stakeholder relevance.
Lyons: Harnessing the power of international e-marketing
As more consumers find their fresh fruit online, Washington Apple Commission is up to the challenge.
Dininny: We’re growing forward this fall
New circulation coordinator joins Good Fruit Grower.
Good to Know: Ten pruning rules
Universal techniques that deliver high yields and packouts of apples and pears.