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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 »

2 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Lewis, of @WSUTreeFruitExt, recommends using https://t.co/2YqONl4Src to check smoke levels and when air quality is dangerou…
2 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Wildfire smoke and heat are the new summer norm in the NW. @WSUTreeFruitExt’s Karen Lewis says the cherries will be okay, b…
2 days ago
RT @kprengaman: If you see any of these most wanted pests, or even a suspicious one, Spichiger says to give him a call. "I'd rather you cal…
2 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Mike Willett talks about the latest IPM strategic plan for sweet cherry report from @OSUAgSci. Learn more at https://t.co/z…
2 days ago
Read more about the new Cherry King in this @goodfruitgrower update: https://t.co/POIlLU53xA https://t.co/5kN4dV3YFe
2 days ago
RT @findtj: Joel Zeff entertains #cherryinstitute attendees (with willing volunteers) during the afternoon banquet. They’re not driving to…
2 days ago
RT @findtj: Mike Willett is crowned as the cherry king during the 75th cherry institute. Read more at https://t.co/KM5JXr3yo1 shortly. #che…
2 days ago
RT @sdininny: McCord: Priorities are early-maturing varieties (Chelan or earlier), and late-maturing (Sweetheart or later), especially thos…
2 days ago
RT @sdininny: WSU’s new cherry breeder, Per McCord: Plant breeding is a long game, not a short game, especially in tree fruit. #cherryinsti…
2 days ago
RT @sdininny: Hu: Continued international export focus on Asia Pacific region, with efforts toward India and Indonesia and emphasis on alre…
2 days ago
RT @sdininny: Keith Hu of @NWcherrygrowers notes direct cherry shipments to China were down 41% last tear. Shipments to Hong Kong up 45%
2 days ago
RT @findtj: James Michael — What’s been so good recently in domestic marketing is seeing our health messaging in the local ads. #cherryinst…
2 days ago
RT @sdininny: James Michael of @NWcherrygrowers shows USDA promotion report for July 14-26 with cherries as top fruit
2 days ago
RT @findtj: Learn more about what you’ll find in the orchard if you think you have little cherry symptoms near harvest. https://t.co/Lazmp2…
2 days ago
RT @findtj: Harper — Regarding LCV or Weston X removal, wait a season, fumigate, then kill the roots that pops up. #cherryinstitute
2 days ago
RT @findtj: Harper — It may be one or two seasons with an infected tree before LCV or Weston X symptoms start showing up. We’ve seen most o…
2 days ago
RT @sdininny: WSU’s Scott Harper reminds cherry growers that little cherry disease can spread through the roots. If you pull an infected tr…
2 days ago
RT @findtj: Scott Harper — The harsh truth about Little Cherry Disease and Western X is the more virus you have the more it’s going to spre…
2 days ago
RT @findtj: Willett — Some of those research priorities are: little cherry disease, crop load management, bacterial canker, mechanization,…
2 days ago
RT @findtj: Mike Willett shows areas of research interest from the 2018 research priority survey for cherry research in Oregon and Washingt…
2 days ago
RT @sdininny: Willett: Research group also studying bud hardiness, subject of interest to @NWcherrygrowers
2 days ago
RT @sdininny: Mike Willett, WTFRC: 2019 research projects for cherries focus on little cherry disease, spotted wing drosophila, breeding, c…
2 days ago
RT @sdininny: Hanrahan: Projects include a precision pollination model, reducing cold damage with cellulose crystals, mechanical canopy man…
2 days ago
RT @sdininny: Ines Hanrahan, Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, notes tech $ for cherry projects.
2 days ago
RT @sdininny: Thurlby: Potential loss of 3m boxes to China would be a loss. But @NWcherrygrowers thinks the domestic market can grow
2 days ago
RT @sdininny: Thurlby: Next frontier for @NWcherrygrowers is India. Still a fumigation requirement there, which precludes shipping, and som…
2 days ago
RT @sdininny: Thurlby: Also quite a bit of overlap with California, which shipped fruit until about June 25
2 days ago
RT @sdininny: BJ Thurlby, president of NW Cherries, recapping 2018 season. Industry shipped most cherries between July 1-7, 3.6m boxes of f…
2 days ago
Today @goodfruitgrower is covering the 76th Annual Cherry Institute in Yakima WA. Sweet! #cherryinstitute
3 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: How aggressively do I prune 2nd year growth, Aran Urlacher of Zirkle asked the crowd. He admits played it safe on his Benton…
3 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Early Robins on Cass rootstocks have been cut back to the top wire to allow sunlight to the lower branches. #cherryinstitute…
3 days ago
Today @SwassRoss is out digging up the news for @goodfruitgrower readers before tomorrow's Cherry Institute.… https://t.co/MzPQpIBoy4
4 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Gem pears can be eaten right of the tree or stored. #fruitdays
4 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Growers planting Gem pears to add some excitement to the pear industry: Panel presentation. #fruitdays
4 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Gem is a new USDA developed variety open to the public. #fruitdays
4 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Sampling Gem pears. #fruitdays https://t.co/QFuxinmtKw
4 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: A case study by Tianna DuPont, WSU extension, involved replacing a standard sprinkler system with microsprinklers at a comme…
4 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Troy Peters directs growers to https://t.co/dUDXcJIRAz to help calculate schedules and flow rates. #fruitdays
4 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Also from Peters. #fruitdays https://t.co/1DFSAVlyXh
4 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: “Well, it’s not that complicated.” Troy Peters. #fruitdays https://t.co/5OL8xipNMY
4 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Troy Peters of WSU: Having the wrong sprinkler size can give you up to 50 percent too much or too little water. Buy in bulk…
4 days ago
@goodfruitgrower's @SwassRoss is covering the 2019 Pear Day in Wenatchee, Washington. Follow along for the latest u… https://t.co/yjNWLl3yv3
16 days ago
On this first Friday of the new year, our @goodfruitgrower eFlash features some new tools for growers to use — incl… https://t.co/pPWrsTElNQ
20 days ago
From the offices of the Good Fruit Grower staff, we wish our industry, friends and families a new year filled with… https://t.co/iJcadTIL4L
30 days ago
If you're not on our eFlash email list and want to be, sign up at the Good Fruit Grower website: https://t.co/QqxwfS9pa8
30 days ago
Our harvest platform roundup, the innovative Apple Vacuum System, six tips for spray management and steps to prepar… https://t.co/Naojnb7bQD
33 days ago
Picking a picking platform for your operation? Check out our harvest platform roundup by @goodfruitgrower’s lofty r… https://t.co/LzmfY05S4M
39 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: More recruiters and employers interested in flying workers from Mexico to Washington farms to avoid border tension, said Mik…
39 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…
39 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Trends in Washington foreign guest worker applications: work starting earlier, more pruning requests, more multiple applicat…
39 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: For more on the H-2A application process, read this 2017 by @goodfruitgrower https://t.co/zxylb8qm46 #growersleague
39 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…
39 days ago
@goodfruitgrower’s @SwassRoss is attending an H-2A forum today presented by the Washington Growers League and MasLa… https://t.co/5qBfbCAxH4
46 days ago
Many thanks from @goodfruitgrower to everyone involved in making #WSTFA18 and our industry successful. https://t.co/LiSRWK62AB
46 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…
46 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…
46 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…
46 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…
46 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…
46 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…
46 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…
46 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…
46 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…
46 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Final panel: Water water everywhere, how much do your trees need to drink? #hortshow #WSTFA18
46 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Diana Londono of BASF got everyone's attention with super close-up video of nematodes attaching, entering and swimming aroun…
46 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Applying Surround in the fall as control against psylla the next year is better than nothing: Nottingham. #WSTFA18
46 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Nottingham suggests generous use of Surround until petal fall, followed by "soft" products such as Esteem and rosemary oil.…
46 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Louis Nottingham of WSU-Wenatchee says reflective mulch disrupts pear psylla ability to find host trees. Trials mixing it wi…
46 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Betsy Beers' presentation on Sterile Insect Release trials was a crowd pleaser. Lots and lots of questions. #WSTFA18
46 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…
46 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: Betsy Beers is experimenting to Americanize the sterile insect release program that has been successful in British Columbia.…
46 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…
46 days ago
RT @SwassRoss: "Overall very encouraging results for the first year of this project," said Betsy Beers, WSU entomologist, regarding trials…
46 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Now up, a discussion on matching (and mismatching) rootstocks to your site, with Mario Martinez of Washington Fruit, Bruce…
46 days ago
RT @kprengaman: But for bitter pit, all vigor control is not created equal. Using Apogee decreases shoot length by shrinking the internode…
46 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Excessive vigor in Honeycrisp brings on bitter pit, said @WSUTFRECPhysiol. That's because shoot and leaf growth pulls wate…
46 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
46 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…
46 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
46 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…

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

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