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We will be covering 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.

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@Abundant_ag and FFRobotics ran trials this fall in Washington with their automated harvesters, saying commercializ… https://t.co/TIwTNucxO9

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Without the proper mental frames in place, farmers and consumers are talking past each other. @RedTomato_RT and… https://t.co/S9RpTg9Ve6

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Understanding the power of narrative can turn chaos into confidence, said economist Andrew Busch, @abusch, who will… https://t.co/60KMBa3aJY

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Focusing on this year's theme, "Our choices today shape our reality tomorrow," Mark Hambleton, chair of WSTFA's Ann… https://t.co/VwQv5KMgVF

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Meet Matt Haak, our #YoungGrower featured in the Dec. issue. From Zillah, WA, Matt grew up on the family farm he no… https://t.co/QwfVSW9D0P

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Some WA apple growers blown away by demos of new pneumatic defoliators that promise better color development. Watch… https://t.co/Aw486geD05

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A tale of good hair and great horticulture. Find out why Dain Craver is the 2019 Good Fruit Grower of the Year. Sto… https://t.co/hTu5Mb4RgY

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Wine grape production is booming in Southern Oregon’s @roguevalleyava and @OregonState Extension researchers… https://t.co/xIQblvxBQ3

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It’s twice as nice! A Columbia Gorge co-op has harvested its first commercial crop of Gem, a pear that eats well ri… https://t.co/uOFgVNC7xL

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Twitter: @Washington_Appl promotes Washington Apple Week with grower ambassadors. Check out our web update on this… https://t.co/6ZMWgDOP0m

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Halfway through apple harvest, Michigan growers seemed pretty happy about their crop. @Michigan_Appleshttps://t.co/XTrYhA7zJo

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#WAwine is mostly grown on own-rooted grapevines, in the absence of root pest pressure common in other regions, but… https://t.co/Dwn4FWvvXT

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No one wants head lice. No one wants to talk about it. But you’ve got to know you have it to deal with the problem.… https://t.co/kwA0hFjEyS

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Ontario grower Tom Ferri grows big, beautiful Honeycrisp, but that requires careful crop load management. He shared… https://t.co/zt6mseXb4M

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RT @kprengaman: Now hearing from @LIVEcertified, a sustainability program based in the Willamette and aligned with the Salmon-Safe standard…

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RT @kprengaman: @LIVEcertified But marketing matters. Multiple certification programs can confuse consumers who don't understand the nuance…

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RT @kprengaman: Stephanie Bolton from @LodiGrower speaks about the Lodi Rules sustainability certification program. She says they are hopin…

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RT @kprengaman: The thing about fumigating is that it's like "pressing CTRL ALT DELETE" @WSU_Vit_Ext says. It clears everything, good and b…

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RT @kprengaman: @WSU_Vit_Ext Data from fumigation trials show lower levels of the plant parasite nematodes (the root knots ones!) in non-fu…

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RT @kprengaman: "Replanting is an investment. We fumigate to try to protect that investment. But how effective is it?" @WSU_Vit_Ext said. P…

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RT @kprengaman: WA's root knot nematodes have a different life cycle than their CA cousins, but @WSU_Vit_Ext found a substantial increase i…

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RT @kprengaman: I love the #WAgrapesociety door prizes. That’s all.

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RT @kprengaman: Education matters to the #WAgrapesociety. A panel of speakers from @WSUWineScience, @YakimaCollege and Wenatchee Valley Col…

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RT @kprengaman: Next at #WAgrapesociety, @WazzuCpaas student Abhilash Chandel explains how #drone based remote sensing could improve vineya…

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RT @kprengaman: First #WAgrapesociety talk this morning from @wsucahnrs entomologist David James about his spider mite surveys. Big picture…

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Phylloxera, economics and industry awards highlight Day 1 of the 2019 Washington State Grape Society Annual Meeting… https://t.co/vLoNgGgdmj

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RT @SwassRoss: Phylloxera will feed on Concord vines, which are a hybrid of vinifera and American vines, but they won’t cause critical dama…

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RT @SwassRoss: Phylloxera is all up and down the Lower Yakima Valley in Washington, not just Walla Walla, said Michelle Moyer of WSU. #wsgr…

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RT @SwassRoss: Temple University suspects the Spotted Lantern Fly will take hold in Washington by 2030. Sven-Erik Spichiger of the WSDA sus…

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RT @SwassRoss: Evaporative cooling brought down canopy temperature by 8 degrees without affecting shoot length, node number, later shoot nu…

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RT @SwassRoss: Ben-Min Chang of WSU-Prosser is developing an evaporative cooler for grape vines to cool canopies without boosting vigor. #w…

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RT @SwassRoss: The 2019 Walter Clore Award - a lifetime industry contribution honor - goes to Prosser, Washington, grower Dennis Pleasant,…

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RT @SwassRoss: Turning a bucket upside on the vineyard floor is a cheap way to trap phylloxera, which instinctively climb the walls. Doug W…

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RT @SwassRoss: “For those of you with phylloxera in your vineyard, your good ol’ days of self-rooted vines are probably over.” Doug Walsh o…

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RT @SwassRoss: California growers are moving toward a marketing order to promote their wines in Eastern US to compete with European imports…

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RT @SwassRoss: California wineries have no tank space left, there is no spot market and up to 30,000 acres of grapes are coming out. "We’ve…

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RT @SwassRoss: Concord production this year is estimated at 176,237 ton from Washington this year and 404,000 from the US overall, said Tre…

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Demand for #WAwine grapes once seemed infinite. Not anymore. Growers are pulling out older vines to bring supply mo… https://t.co/F3zMgYSxPv

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RT @SwassRoss: Pre conference mingling at the Grape Society annual meeting. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the day. Sessions begin…

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RT @kprengaman: @Scottthepathol1 Turns out, annual weeds aren't much of a reservoir. Other stone fruit, such as peaches and plums, on the o…

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RT @kprengaman: When pathologists talk insects: @Scottthepathol1's slide features a grasshopper masquerading as the leafhopper spreading We…

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RT @kprengaman: High-tech to low-tech whiplash here at the cherry research review: Emerging pesticides for SWD presented today range from g…

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RT @kprengaman: The PNW cherry industry is funding so much critical research on SWD, Little Cherry Disease, and better horticulture and @go…

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Ontario growers can now grow Marquette, a cold-hardy wine grape from @UMNHorticulture, for the VQA label that signi… https://t.co/ypk95U3IML

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The latest ag census shows 3.3 percent of apple farms have 50 percent of the acreage in America, proving what we al… https://t.co/JIJjSEqgys

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Hooray for hort shows! Get ready for the 2019 @GLEXPO, Dec. 10–12 in Grand Rapids, MI: https://t.co/xQGcDSUS1G An… https://t.co/uyiSAPnrEk

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To meet the #WAwine industry’s innovation needs, the @Wa_State_Wine Commission created a new research funding progr… https://t.co/Yd0rF33tD3

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Meet Lesley Tamura, our #YoungGrower featured in the November 2019 issue. Lesley earned a teaching degree and taugh… https://t.co/OXJTJTSZuM

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RT @kprengaman: My twitter feed today is full of support for this rare, bipartisan-from-the-get-go effort to tackle the #aglabor crisis in…

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RT @kprengaman: Happy Halloween!! You know what's really spooky? Why some seasons are worse for powdery mildew!! But don't worry, @WSU_Vit_…

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New legislation aims to fix immigration, H-2A. @goodfruitgrower has details. https://t.co/CAftGVc4ld

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RT @kprengaman: What if growers could spray their crops without a sprayer? I learned about the latest research on solid set systems for vin…

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The @wsubees research will have a new home in Othello, @wsucahnrs announced this week. That’s more space for bee br… https://t.co/gLstjMrI2Z

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RT @kprengaman: The invasive spotted lanternfly is a threat to vineyards and a new @USDA_ARS model shows that it would be right at home in…

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Meet Javier Valencia, the #GoodFruitGrower #YoungGrower featured in our Oct. 2019 issue. Javier is a second-genera… https://t.co/6XEIhZbI5a

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@goodfruitgrower is looking for outstanding cover photos! Share your best images highlighting tree fruit and grape… https://t.co/bBHdLqPR3R

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And if you missed it… read our story about the @WSUTreeFruitExt Cosmic Crisp harvest field days being held this wee… https://t.co/cLTjvSavlD

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When is Cosmic Crisp ready to pick? See our demonstration video on how to use the Cosmic Crisp (WA 38) iodine starc… https://t.co/l3ICJ6THOg

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It might be a challenge for growers and journalists, apparently 🤣 https://t.co/0G9uFIdqp6

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RT @kprengaman: Air speed reaches 60mph. @findtj gets the proof as grower Travis Allan measures the airflow. https://t.co/qXG8KZ6LSh

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RT @kprengaman: You can clearly the the difference in exposed fruit after the row on the left was defoliated with the new technology from F…

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RT @kprengaman: Whooosh, there go the leaves! https://t.co/zCzmautd9m

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RT @kprengaman: German company FruitTec demos their new leafing equipment in WA. Use 8-12 days before harvest improves color. https://t.co/…

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RT @kprengaman: @iFruitTree @findtj @RedPrinceApple Plus, a live demo on the crop adapted spraying approach from @Spray_Guy https://t.co/nF…

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RT @kprengaman: @iFruitTree @findtj And that's not all. I wrote about one family's equipment innovations https://t.co/eMhdjZJZ9h and their…

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RT @kprengaman: I had a fabulous time in Ontario this summer, tagging along on the @iFruitTree tour. Now you can read all about it on our s…

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RT @kprengaman: @usapples @milkovich_matt And if you missed Matt's coverage from last night, here's the big news from day 1 of the #AppleOu…

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RT @kprengaman: U.S. 2019 apple crop forecast to be 4 percent larger than last year, according to @usapples #AppleOutlook19. @Milkovich_mat…

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RT @kprengaman: The promise of data driven farming is often stymied by lack of connectivity for cloud computing. @Microsoft aims to change…

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And on the West Coast, editor @kprengaman is visiting the future at @WazzuCpaas... https://t.co/LHN6qCKHmv

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RT @milkovich_matt: Michael Choi: In a nutshell, China is back to normal. After an unprecedentedly bad year in 2018, the crop will be back…

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RT @kprengaman: Talking autonomous farm vehicles at @WazzuCpaas. “Liability is a bigger hurdle than technical challenges,” says Mel Torrie…

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RT @milkovich_matt: Riley: If this chart seems hard to read, it's deliberate. An example of the glut of varieties consumers have to wade th…

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RT @kprengaman: Too many apples is the problem? Tough talk from Kroger at #AppleOutlook19 https://t.co/Cp4o3sI6tO

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RT @milkovich_matt: Riley: apple consumption is declining. Too many varieties is problem. Old varieties not being phased out fast enough to…

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RT @milkovich_matt: Randy Riley of Kroger: our share of apple market is 38%. #appleoutlook19

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RT @milkovich_matt: "Gala Overtakes Red Delicious" was the big headline last year. But that was just the forecast. When the actual crop cam…

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RT @milkovich_matt: BREAKING NEWS: @usapples has a hot new logo. #AppleOutlook19 https://t.co/bjJFtu7WwP

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