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2018 WASHINGTON STATE HORT SHOW
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.

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 »

14 hours ago
RT @kprengaman: The Efficient Vineyard project takes variable rate management tools for row crops and “tricks” them into working in vineyar…
16 hours ago
RT @kprengaman: Making up for the early start this morning with unoaked Finger Lakes Chardonnay for lunch 😊 https://t.co/yYEygvBtz0
16 hours ago
@goodfruitgrower's @kprengaman is on the road, covering today's @ASEVtweets field day near Branchport, New York.… https://t.co/VUUhJVyIvj
1 day ago
Washington #cherry growers are urged to plan postharvest spray program to control leafhoppers.… https://t.co/irdo3gREDC
15 days ago
Meet Josh Heinicke, the #GoodFruitGrower #YoungGrower featured in our July 2019 issue. Josh is the fourth generatio… https://t.co/OAhC7Jb3lU
26 days ago
Tee up to honor past tree fruit industry leaders and help support scholarships for tomorrow’s leaders at the 26th a… https://t.co/76nCEGOgD8
29 days ago
India pulls trigger on #apple tariffs. https://t.co/V4WnNJLVao
29 days ago
U.S. International Trade Commission determines American tart #cherry producers are being harmed by Turkish imports.… https://t.co/kkzkz99b48
35 days ago
Annual Yakima Pom Club #golf tournament at Apple Tree on July 25. Calling for teams and sponsors. https://t.co/rq83BF3fWH
36 days ago
Breaking with long tradition, Northwest pear processor turns down #pear price and adds to industry uncertainty.… https://t.co/jhu3Vpv1dX
37 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Rapid fire cherry research updates at @WSU_IAREC = lots of story ideas! https://t.co/BymDJWCCL5
37 days ago
RT @kprengaman: New shoots make the sugars growing fruit need, but they can also create too much shade. Pre-harvest hedging - as used in th…
37 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The precosity of this 3rd leaf Coral Champagne on G. 6 is obvious, lots of fruit on the leaders this year, @MDWhiting says.…
37 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Maybe a smaller crowd at @MDWhiting’s preharvest cherry tour since Chelan harvest has just started in some places, but stil…
41 days ago
@thecosmiccrisp, @CrunchPak and @litehousefoods announced a sweet partnership today! #apples… https://t.co/xsAiMLoZbp
44 days ago
Meet Erika Espinoza, the #GoodFruitGrower #YoungGrower featured in our June 2019 issue. Erika has worked in… https://t.co/dmC8dnppHN
47 days ago
Rainy weather in May causes significant losses for California cherry growers — on a crop that was originally estima… https://t.co/LT3FR82qNX
57 days ago
Quarantine zone for the European cherry fruit fly expands in New York. Residents in the area are urged not to trans… https://t.co/2zwbZekb4A
58 days ago
Good news for apples! Mexico lifts tariffs on U.S. apples after U.S. drops tariffs on Mexican steel and aluminum.… https://t.co/pnP2v7frQP
58 days ago
@GovInslee expands drought declaration areas as Washington’s #drought worsens. https://t.co/XuWo4vSIg5 https://t.co/BkGOXZJTZL
63 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Growers and industry reps predict Northwest sweet cherry crop of 236,400-tons or 23.6 million 20-pound box equivalents. #nwc…
63 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Thurlby: NW crop started late but coming in rapidly and it might be compressed geographically based on bloom time and growin…
63 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Thurlby: “We could have another 35 million box crop all over West Coast” including California and the NW states. #nwcherries…
63 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: California has a record cherry crop but it’s raining and expected to rain more, said West Mathison of Stemilt. #NorthwestCh…
63 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Michael: Wal-Mart moves 20 percent more cherries in late season if they have demos. #NorthwestCherries
63 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: James Michael of Northwest Cherries focusing on digital marketing to get cherries into online shopping lists for “drive-by s…
63 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: WSTFA has rescheduled the 2019 annual meeting to second Monday of December in Wenatchee to avoid having it day after Thanksg…
63 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Jon DeVaney of WSTFA: Regulators in DC are considering allocating more funding for H-2A visa program. $8 million latest sugg…
63 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Powers: There is talk in DC about another round of aid to offset trade losses in the neighborhood of $15 billion overall. No…
63 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Mark Powers of the Northwest Hort Council on tariffs. “The good news is we weren’t on China’s retaliatory list that came out…
63 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: B.J. Thurlby: Washington apricots will be short this year at about 3,400 tons. Last year it was 4,100 tons. Down about 21 pe…
63 days ago
@goodfruitgrower's @SwassRoss delivering the news from the WA State Fruit Commission and 5-state cherry meetings to… https://t.co/esPn8p0P1J
76 days ago
Meet Michael Mitterer, our @goodfruitgrower Young Grower in the May 1, 2019 issue. Michael is pursuing internships… https://t.co/hrMprQktT6
82 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Interesting presentations at #NOSB on innovations in biodegradable plastic mulch that could replace polyurethane mulch and…
82 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Why am I at the National Organic Standards Board meeting in Seattle? Here's a story I wrote for the @goodfruitgrower last y…
82 days ago
RT @kprengaman: I'm really struck by the depth and breadth of issues the #NOSB has to tackle. From verifying the purity of seed genetics to…
83 days ago
In the countdown to its big launch this fall, #CosmicCrisp grading standards are now available. Get an early look a… https://t.co/ncKyLF5FQo
83 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Something new and different today, I'm headed to the National #Organic Standards Board meeting in Seattle to cover issues o…
85 days ago
Two for Tuesday! Check out these two stories on apple rootstocks. @kprengaman examines how more options mean more c… https://t.co/Hc1gksJuCW
86 days ago
When it comes to wine, do you think pink? More winemakers are giving thought to intentionally creating rosé to quen… https://t.co/d5xphvxXGH
89 days ago
Ever seen a beaver graft? Check out @SwassRoss’s story about this unique technique for converting to a multileader… https://t.co/vFhDhAsse4
90 days ago
What makes a tree a tree? @kprengaman shows us how @USDA_ARS researchers in Kearneysville WV are answering some gen… https://t.co/9yf96KEffa
91 days ago
Dig into our story about root windows and the research @WSUTreeFruitExt’s Bernardita Sallato is doing to study root… https://t.co/qw5Cg1HWOF
92 days ago
Merlot sales slumped after the movie Sideways slammed the popular wine 15 years ago. Read about its rebound in this… https://t.co/YVlltQjtpi
98 days ago
RT @kprengaman: It's not often the @goodfruitgrower ends up in the @CJR but it's cool they are taking a look at how Ag industry publication…
100 days ago
Feeling bitter about bitter pit? Learn about efforts to prevent it in @kprengaman’s story about rootstock research… https://t.co/NFoTx0npoZ
112 days ago
🤖 coming to an orchard near you. Future #robotoverlord ? https://t.co/uq8v17zVlh
113 days ago
WSTFA is offering FSMA grower training in English & Spanish April 11 & 12 and May 2 & 3 in Wenatchee and Yakima. Re… https://t.co/H1QHRh1pU9
126 days ago
RT @sdininny: Phillips: The take-home message is that GA is not a substitute for good farming and harvest practices. It will complement tho…
126 days ago
RT @sdininny: Phillips: Split applications can be helpful for Chelan, staggered bloom period resulting in staggered maturity, or late matur…
126 days ago
RT @sdininny: Phillips: Thorough coverage is critical. Optimum absorption occurs at 70- 80 degrees F. @bphillips4149 #Cherry #FruitSchool
126 days ago
RT @sdininny: Byron Phillips @bphillips4149 of Valent USA shares tips on PGRs. Specific tips on Gibberellic Acid: Match the dose (rate per…
126 days ago
RT @sdininny: Lawrence on bee basics: And nutritional needs stimulate the type of pollen the bees seek. So, have diverse pollinizers close…
126 days ago
RT @sdininny: Lawrence on bee basics: Incoming pollen and nectar stimulate egg laying. Increase in egg laying and nutritional demands of la…
126 days ago
RT @sdininny: WSU's Tim Lawrence on pollinators: Crack your hives. See what's inside and know if you have a healthy colony. #Cherry @FruitS…
126 days ago
RT @sdininny: Thompson: In short, you won't see improvements overnight if you decide to mulch. Be patient. Choose a system that's easy to f…
126 days ago
RT @sdininny: Thompson: But mulch significantly increased organic matter and water infiltration. Expect to see increases to active carbon,…
126 days ago
RT @sdininny: Thompson: Takeaways after 2 yrs: Mulch did not increase yield, packout, fruit size, fruit quality, leaf nitrogen. @FruitTreeA…
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @WSUTreeFruitExt It's been a long day for my brain so I'm really digging (ha!) these flow charts for troubleshooting suspec…
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Think you have a nutrient deficiency? Investigate systematically before you just apply more fertilizer, @WSUTreeFruitExt's…
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Stress can slow or halt root growth, decreasing health. Drought, saturation, replant stress, or even high temperatures can…
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @WSUTFRECPhysiol Roots need to grow into pockets of some nutrients to intercept them (such as phosphorus), while others are…
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Next up Lee Kalcsits @WSUTFRECPhysiol, talks about root systems and the role they play in nutrition. There's more diversity…
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Moving toward fruiting wall systems will enable more efficient, safer platform-based labor, @MDWhiting says. Think about t…
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The right system for you is a complex decision based on site, soils, cultivar, quality, rootstocks, yield, light, topograph…
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Now @WSU_IAREC's @MDWhiting promises to get both philosophical and physiological about the systems of the future. #Cherry #…
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The KGB and UFO systems increase efficiency for pruning, for establishment, and for harvest without ladders, said @OSUPearC…
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Systems systems systems. It's all about light interception and renewal. #Cherry #FruitSchool
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: More background on testing MSU's dwarfing Corette cherry rootstocks series in WA from @goodfruitgrower https://t.co/ENs0VY1…
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: A quick size chart look at the rootstocks available for sweet cherries from the MSU rootstock program, the Corette series…
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Next up is @OSUPearCherry's Lynn Long talking about what cherry growers need in the next rootstocks #Cherry #FruitSchool
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: WSU's cherry breeding program needs to pull from a larger gene pool to make progress, McCord said. Also he plans to put see…
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: To cull the program, DNA tests, automation, and testing at multiple locations all improve accuracy of assessment, WSU breed…
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @WSU_IAREC McCord: My goal is 10,000 seeds from 40 crosses a year. Using retain to boost seed set and planning to build gre…
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: What do we want from new cherry cultivars? Early or late, big, firm, and powdery mildew resistance. My job is to get us th…
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Seavert now discusses the https://t.co/SPeSX68do7 tool that can help growers predict and plan for climate change on a farm…
127 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Thanks to the power of technology, OSU's economist Clark Seavert is beaming into the @WSUTreeFruitExt Cherry Fruit School f…

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 »