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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 »

4 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: More recruiters and employers interested in flying workers from Mexico to Washington farms to avoid border tension, said Mik…
4 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Most common reason for a potential H-2A worker to be denied a visa is having previously been in the U.S. illegally, accordin…
4 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Trends in Washington foreign guest worker applications: work starting earlier, more pruning requests, more multiple applicat…
4 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: For more on the H-2A application process, read this 2017 by @goodfruitgrower https://t.co/zxylb8qm46 #growersleague
4 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: MasLabor lawyer: If you start the H-2A application process after 65 days before need, you will get your workers late. Every…
4 days ago
@goodfruitgrower’s @SwassRoss is attending an H-2A forum today presented by the Washington Growers League and MasLa… https://t.co/5qBfbCAxH4
11 days ago
Many thanks from @goodfruitgrower to everyone involved in making #WSTFA18 and our industry successful. https://t.co/LiSRWK62AB
11 days ago
RT @findtj: Jon DeVaney and Tim Kovis make the rounds after #hortshow sessions draw to a close concluding the 114th #WSTFA18 annual meeting…
11 days ago
RT @findtj: Ines Hanrahan, executive director of WTFRC, talks about green spotting of Wa38/Cosmic Crisp at a WSU research orchard during th…
11 days ago
RT @sdininny: 50% of new WA Tree Fruit Research Commission projects tied to WA 38, the WSU apple variety to be sold as Cosmic Crisp. #wahor…
11 days ago
RT @sdininny: Busy afternoon on last day of #WSTFA18, all Cosmic Crisp. Talk about royalties and a new $10.5m, 5-year marketing plan to spr…
11 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Ray Schmitten, pear grower, on what new tricks he will use for pest control: "I'm just going to listen to my field rep." Mik…
11 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Schoenwald: Start looking for Little Cherry a couple weeks before harvest and remove it. "We're at an epidemic stage." #WSTF…
11 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Schoenwald of Gebbers has used nematodes but hasn't evaluated results yet. He knows others. "It's just another tool we're g…
11 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Pest and disease control implementation panel: Older pests are getting new life. Codling moth is on the rise, for example. S…
11 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: BASF produces to-go packs of nematodes stored in an inert gel carrier. Just mix with water and spray onto your soil. Trade n…
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Final panel: Water water everywhere, how much do your trees need to drink? #hortshow #WSTFA18
11 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Diana Londono of BASF got everyone's attention with super close-up video of nematodes attaching, entering and swimming aroun…
11 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Applying Surround in the fall as control against psylla the next year is better than nothing: Nottingham. #WSTFA18
11 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Nottingham suggests generous use of Surround until petal fall, followed by "soft" products such as Esteem and rosemary oil.…
11 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Louis Nottingham of WSU-Wenatchee says reflective mulch disrupts pear psylla ability to find host trees. Trials mixing it wi…
11 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Betsy Beers' presentation on Sterile Insect Release trials was a crowd pleaser. Lots and lots of questions. #WSTFA18
11 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Betsy Beers has been known to give a few presentations on invasive species. "Invasive species kind of took over my life and…
11 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Betsy Beers is experimenting to Americanize the sterile insect release program that has been successful in British Columbia.…
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Dave Allan starts with at shot at researchers who say "start with the right rootstock for your block." That's easier said t…
11 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: "Overall very encouraging results for the first year of this project," said Betsy Beers, WSU entomologist, regarding trials…
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Now up, a discussion on matching (and mismatching) rootstocks to your site, with Mario Martinez of Washington Fruit, Bruce…
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: But for bitter pit, all vigor control is not created equal. Using Apogee decreases shoot length by shrinking the internode…
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Excessive vigor in Honeycrisp brings on bitter pit, said @WSUTFRECPhysiol. That's because shoot and leaf growth pulls wate…
11 days ago
RT @kprengaman: It's a packed house here in the vigor management session! If I go get more coffee I'll lose my seat! #hortshow #WSTFA18
12 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Expect Decision Aid System betas next year for models on apple aphid, pear psylla, leaf miner, apple fruit growth and apple…
12 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Vince Jones of WSU on rebuilt online Decision Aid System. "We are not storing your data in any way, shape or form." #WSTFA18
12 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Back in #hortshow action and I have my coffee. I'm covering the talks on vigor management. Watch @SwassRoss for insights fr…
12 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Tobin Northfield of WSU-Wenatchee previously worked in cocoa in Australia. He lay cocoa husks on orchard floor to provide br…
12 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Moment of silence for the late President GHW Bush to start the morning. #WSTFA18
12 days ago
Happy Wednesday! It’s the final day of #WSTFA18 #hortshow in Yakima. Check the @goodfruitgrower write-up on last ni… https://t.co/5L4AgsunTG
12 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @WashingtonFruit And Jake Gutzwiler of @Stemilt says that at the end of the season, growers need to adapt their game plan t…
12 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @WashingtonFruit Bruce Allen, of Columbia Reach, says that Honeycrisp is particularly tricky because of the wide harvest wi…
12 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @WashingtonFruit Jason Matson, of Matson Fruit, says that timing is everything when it comes to pre-harvest PGRs.
12 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Nick Plath of @WashingtonFruit says they implement a model to bring some math to the farming process. Sounds familiar 😉 Re…
12 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Ending the day with a panel on harvest management and fruit quality! #hortshow #WSTFA18
12 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @AgroFreshWorld Gapper says @AgroFreshWorld is developing a tool to allow growers to juice peel samples pre-harvest to chec…
12 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Now, Nigel Gapper from @AgroFreshWorld is giving us a much appreciated genomics 101 lesson before launching into research o…
12 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Best slide of the afternoon research news flash season from Natalie Boyle of USDA in Logan, Utah. So many great Bobs. #WSTFA…
12 days ago
RT @kprengaman: @WSUWineScience Missing Tom's talk? Learn more about his smoked grapes research in the @goodfruitgrower! https://t.co/DanQ3…
12 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Katie Taylor of WSU-Prosser: environmental pressures such as temperature and humidity affect viablility of pollenizers. #WST…
12 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Next up, Tom Collins with the @WSUWineScience will talk about the impacts of wildfire smoke on wine grapes. Wines can devel…
12 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Dry fungicide application (fogging) offers better control of postharvest decay like blue mold, compared to drenching. But i…
12 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Yakima County treated more than 1,000 trees for apple maggot in 2018 at a cost of $100,000, said Michael Bush if Yakima Coun…
12 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Tewadros Wakie of USDA says climate change will make infestation of Oriental Fruit Moth more likely for WA’s orchard areas.…
12 days ago
RT @kprengaman: But I’ll admit, this is still sort of how I feel about wearing my postharvest hat. https://t.co/bPg3QvD3CC
12 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Putting on my postharvest hat now. @WSUTreeFruitExt pathologist Achour Amiri is talking about the pros and cons of thermal-…
12 days ago
RT @sdininny: Richard Kim, Pace International, at #WSTFA18: 6 leading causes of WA postharvest fruit decays in 17-18 were stem end splittin…
12 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Jim McPherson: we are entering final year of RosBREED 2, a $9.7 million project to breed resistance into parent fruits.
12 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: WSU cherry breeder Per McCord aims to move trees indoors into pots to protect from frost at Prosser program.
12 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: In fire blight resistance trials, 16 varieties consistently showed high to moderate resistance, including Golden Gala, enter…
12 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Of 3 cider apple varieties, Brown Snout showed most harvest efficiency in shake harvest trials: Xim Zhang of WSU. #WSTFA18
12 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Solid set canopy scale up showing “encouraging” results, said Rajee Sinja of WSU. #WSTFA18 #hortshow
12 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Sheep muzzles?! At first I thought it was a joke, but it seems to be the real deal! You are right, probably not the picture…
12 days ago
RT @findtj: Peter — I do know that fireblight can spread from a dirty block to a clean block with certain weather patterns and the right co…
12 days ago
RT @findtj: Maria Fernandez presenta sobre como Good Fruit Grower en Español sirve los productores de la industria de arboles frutales en #…
12 days ago
RT @findtj: Kari Peter — Fireblight: There’s no debate. There are no good cankers. Get the dead wood out. @drtreefruit #wstfa18 #hortshow @…
12 days ago
RT @findtj: Ken Johnson, Oregon State — Fireblight spread can come from old cankers, ooze drops, places where the pathogen can overwinter.…
12 days ago
RT @findtj: Penn State pathologist Kari Peter @drtreefruit shares insight from research into plant defense elicitors, with the goal of find…
12 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Fire blight panelists: Don't irrigate before bloom. "Trees recover from water stress, they usually don't recover from fire b…
12 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Visiting from Penn State, Kari Peter, @drtreefruit, shares some prelim findings on products that elicit plant defense again…
12 days ago
RT @findtj: It wouldn’t be a #hortshow without some little technical difficulty and a dramatic save. Today’s came when Mario Miranda Sazo’s…
12 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The challenge w/ shoot blight is that if your trees are growing well, so is the pathogen, Cox said. Tools that stop blight…
12 days ago
RT @findtj: I know, I know, another room photo. I think it’s worth noting that some of today’s #wstfa #hortshow sessions are quite popular,…
12 days ago
RT @findtj: Bernardita Salato habla de fisiologia de arboles frutales en #wstfa18 #hortshow @goodfruitgrower https://t.co/m30mNxCIwq
12 days ago
RT @findtj: Las sesiones en Español en este momento se encuentran llenas. Por favor mantenerse de pie por el momento #wstfa18 #hortshow @go…
12 days ago
RT @kprengaman: The remote presenter trends continues, now beaming in @CornellCALS pathologist Kerik Cox, talking about fire blight threats…
12 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Root blight is sneaky! You may not see ooze or cankers as the bacteria moving through healthy scion tissue into the rootsto…
13 days ago
RT @kprengaman: A large show of hands when @USDA_ARS geneticist Gennaro Fazio asked who had fire blight in their orchard this year. As for…
13 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Good morning! Did you manage to find parking at the #WSTFA18 #hortshow in Yakima? I'm starting off the day covering the fir…
13 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: A total of 46 occupations are required to take from from nursery to orchard to store shelf, said Karen Lewis, WSU extension.…
13 days ago
If you’ll be in Michigan for this year’s @GLEXPO, stop by our booth and pick up the convention special edition and… https://t.co/TmGVHhDdyM
13 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Mark Hambelton of MM Orchards uses a five-year running spreadsheet to break down costs, returns, yields by block to "help us…
13 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Orchard system panel says there is no magic answer for choosing a rootstock. Do lots of homework on soil, cultivar, timing,…

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Fire blight control featured at 2018 WSTFA Annual Meeting

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