2019 HORT SHOW & EXPO COVERAGE
We will be covering the 115th Washington State Tree Fruit Association Annual Meeting and Northwest Hort Expo Dec. 9–11 at the Wenatchee Convention Center in Wenatchee, Washington, and the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Dec. 10–12.

Tree fruit industry leaders honored at 2019 Washington awards banquet

Tree fruit industry bestows honors at annual banquet Read More »

Michigan hort society bestows three awards

Robinettes, Laubach and German get the honors. Read More »

Hort Show sessions end with a Cosmic bang

Final day of the WSTFA Annual Meeting includes in-depth Cosmic Crisp and IPM discussions. Read More »

GLEXPO Day 3: Michigan testing hard cider varieties, red-fleshed apples

MSU study looking for best apples to grow in state. Read More »

GLEXPO Day 2: Speakers have lots of knowledge to share

Fruit rots, new peach varieties and Ethephon in cherries just a few topics. Read More »

GLEXPO Day 1: Spotted lanternfly causing ‘scary, significant economic damage’

Other topics at the Great Lakes EXPO included wildlife management and fungicide resistance in grapes. Read More »

Hort Show Day 2 morning: Maturity matters and climate impacts

Morning sessions also include FSMA readiness, bitter pit trials and cover crops. Read More »

Hort Show Day 2 afternoon: Fruit set variability predicted to increase

Other research session cover pollinizers, fire blight and little cherry disease. Read More »

Hort Show Day 1 morning: Technology, trade and consumer insights

Craft beer (yes, really) and technology emerge as central themes of the first session of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association’s Annual Meeting and NW Hort Show. Read More »

Hort Show Day 1 afternoon: Cost of production and business decisions

Speakers share how rising costs and lower prices may spell an industry downturn and consolidation. Read More »

DeVaney: Washington tree fruit industry future focused

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association plans more education for workers and lawmakers. Read More »

Fervent for fruit: 2019 Good Fruit Grower of the Year

Enthusiasm drives the work of Washington’s Dain Craver, the 2019 Good Fruit Grower of the Year. Read More »

Economist moves view from chaos to confidence

WSTFA Annual Meeting keynote speaker offers new perspective for economic outlook. Read More »

Walk the talk: 2019 Good Fruit Grower of the Year

Dain Craver contributes to industry through education. Read More »

Project aims to reframe the conversation about food and farming

Nonprofit founder will discuss ongoing project about food and farming during Great Lakes EXPO. Read More »

Hanrahan: Looking ahead to the next 50 years

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission wants industry members engaged in creating their future. Read More »

Of hair and horticulture: 2019 Good Fruit Grower of the Year

Dain Craver’s personality drives his passion and career. Read More »

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Research from the French horticulture institute, @_Ctifl, shows promise for new mechanical fruitlet thinner, especi… https://t.co/JUwqoDeJPj
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Short crop from @NWcherrygrowers may not be so short after all. https://t.co/mQgv7Mdhk4 https://t.co/NKRqMVX0k4
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The owners of Sicily’s @Santatresa vineyard turned heads when they turned to organic methods to grow wine grapes on… https://t.co/bmnxePCgQ0
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6 days ago
Blueberries still rely on sprays to combat SWD, but research in cultural controls and other alternatives shows prom… https://t.co/dQJiekvybL
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11 days ago
Foundation attached to worker advocacy group gives away prepaid debit cards to undocumented workers. @UFWFhttps://t.co/ZJLbk3j8js
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11 days ago
Oddly shaped trees can blame their genes, but growers might someday benefit from them, according to @PlantDoctorC f… https://t.co/DKQG9WznTk
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12 days ago
Oh joy! @USDA_ARS releases new Joy peaches for the Southeast’s changing climate. https://t.co/IGZ61Wake3 https://t.co/p2V9HMA0rZ
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13 days ago
Grant boosts @michiganstateu peach breeding. https://t.co/pXr2fD3ruG https://t.co/yHhpIMNV41
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14 days ago
With its annual luncheon out of the question, @WAEF_ORG created a video to celebrate this year’s scholarship studen… https://t.co/yxTlKZbgiu
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18 days ago
WSTFA annual scholarship golf tournament scheduled August 25 in East Wenatchee. https://t.co/assnl5IlMC
18 days ago
The “blue wave” will surge even higher as large blueberry plantings, such as one massive project in Eastern Washing… https://t.co/WTWoIZuwud
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19 days ago
Just like apples, blueberries are now eligible for federal @usdafsa coronavirus financial aid. https://t.co/7xLJeFwaOp
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20 days ago
The coronavirus has claimed another event. @FruitTree has canceled the Italy tour that was scheduled for November t… https://t.co/VDmKQ6sAke
20 days ago
The Zirkle blueberry harvest ruling has agricultural employer groups even more convinced that prevailing wage surve… https://t.co/hjEUHaaLsk
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21 days ago
Consider this for your coronavirus trainings: Washington health firm @providence releases videos, photos that demon… https://t.co/upFRyK1gOi
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25 days ago
The @USDA says apple growers qualify for CFAP funds after industry appeal from @usapples and others. https://t.co/oQjykWfS0Y
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25 days ago
Labor walkouts over workplace conditions related to coronavirus fears disrupt operations at seven Yakima area wareh… https://t.co/TiHuBC1gzq
25 days ago
Fruit packers have made systematic changes to adjust to operations under the coronavirus pandemic.… https://t.co/wn2cfb7gBA
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27 days ago
Even for events months in the future, backup plans are the new normal for the fruit industry under the coronavirus… https://t.co/20Fau38umc
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32 days ago
Hold on to your Anjous! The Northwest pear industry approves stricter standards on Anjou quality to cut back on har… https://t.co/ve2q7oKHB6
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33 days ago
WSU and managers of @thecosmiccrisp sue nursery for illegal propagation of WA 38 trees. https://t.co/LtMyPgQomS
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33 days ago
Washington’s @ChelanFresh and @OneontaSRG awarded funding to supply Farmers to Families food boxes through @USDA co… https://t.co/rYYHQezfuI
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34 days ago
Virtual cherry field day from @WSUTreeFruitExt and @OregonStateExt on July 6 offers timely industry updates and Q&A… https://t.co/wlSsnNkVK5
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39 days ago
Scientist @WazzuCpaas wins grant to develop robotic pollination. https://t.co/sYKRP7Gd5o
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39 days ago
Ludicrously named apple from @MidwestApple has a juicy, fruity flavor. https://t.co/KP1MW5oqZT https://t.co/2GOqVVYvb1
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40 days ago
New training videos in English and Spanish from @WSUTreeFruitExt should help scouts spot and sample for little cher… https://t.co/3KQVhzqIu0
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40 days ago
Breeders @michiganstateu are studying red-fleshed apples and their commercial potential for cideries such as… https://t.co/Zo5tO9M7OW
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41 days ago
WA 38 packouts and cull reports from second-leaf trees are similar to the fruit from third-leaf trees, according to… https://t.co/xKU7AFfKNG
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46 days ago
Replanting is not just planting again, according to @WSU_Vit_Ext and the vineyard managers who spoke about renovati… https://t.co/4LfycO5qle
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47 days ago
Apple industry appeals to USDA to revisit pandemic payment eligibility. @USDA_AMS, @usapples https://t.co/JShp426aTn
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47 days ago
Washington’s leading grapevine nursery shares what growers need to know if they want to plant grafted vines.… https://t.co/hAx5xE1Wcb
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48 days ago
Research by @KarkeeManoj @WazzuCpaas shows drones might work as a bird deterrent. https://t.co/x2LGFM4d0Y https://t.co/6OQaO8DFzd
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52 days ago
A new virtual tasting series from @AuctionWAWines brings wine expert @KarenMacNeilCo and prominent Washington vintn… https://t.co/EpKWslobQA
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54 days ago
With temporary worker housing regulations in flux during the pandemic, growers are searching for solutions as they… https://t.co/mDPaeUMuIb
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54 days ago
Fruit growers look for ways to safely continue production during pandemic.https://t.co/7rqEHtpvSd https://t.co/IxrWNayc5U
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55 days ago
Agricultural labor attorney @Wixwixwixwix advises caution when navigating overlapping sick and family leave mandate… https://t.co/mIkjM1qkUD
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59 days ago
Chad Kruger named director of @WSUTreeFruitExt, WSU’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee. . https://t.co/hpkUqK0qpI
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59 days ago
A scholarship recipient of @WAEF_ORG has donated a portion of his first paycheck to the scholarship program that he… https://t.co/s6aBkLNIkX
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59 days ago
Scout smart! @WSUTreeFruitExt shares tips and resources to catch little cherry disease early, and we have a quick v… https://t.co/3T1Gk9JwBl
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60 days ago
Washington and Michigan have issued another new slate of rules for agricultural practices during the pandemic.… https://t.co/isLdnrUOi5
60 days ago
Meet Maureen O’Callaghan, a #GFGYoungGrower from Ephrata WA, featured in our June issue. She chose viticulture beca… https://t.co/wHvaSb4XT2
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61 days ago
Grow-through-trees get orchards into production faster, so New York growers are producing their own and looking for… https://t.co/ebx51ijPdt
61 days ago
The @WAFarmBureau is distributing free hand sanitizer in Wenatchee and the Yakima area June 4. https://t.co/J4pp4S4t9b
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61 days ago
Want 30 bins per acre in the second leaf? Plant trees that are already performing, said nurseryman and grower Dale… https://t.co/89q8E1u7XS
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62 days ago
Looking at the success of Pink Lady, Lynnell Brandt of Proprietary Variety Management makes the case that critical… https://t.co/7u0oqoYzQc
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63 days ago
A summer without farm tours and field days? Don’t worry. The @goodfruitgrower is still reporting — from a safe dist… https://t.co/A0jsMCY904
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66 days ago
In the second vote this week, the Northwest pear industry reversed itself to approve marketing order changes that w… https://t.co/Qx6iYLLRi4
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67 days ago
Avoiding bruised blues: A few PNW blueberry growers are testing prototype soft-catch harvesters to allow fresh mark… https://t.co/YrZynrcGIA
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67 days ago
Check https://t.co/iP5Va3YeIZ for coverage of the pear industry meetings soon. https://t.co/IWA57Zrdjf
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67 days ago
Combining mechanical vineyard management techniques can achieve near hand-labor quality for a fraction of the costs… https://t.co/8oFBJCdeJv
68 days ago
Pruning to bud count can boost size and color, says @MSUExtension educator Phill Schwallier. https://t.co/BhaEPdNNLs
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68 days ago
High-density harvest of tart cherries is possible, but there are roadblocks. See what some Michigan growers and… https://t.co/mjaL9CqR5o
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69 days ago
With industry consolidations and forced adjustments, Northwest Michigan cherry growers have seen better days. https://t.co/q1gjHCiorl
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69 days ago
Yes, China imports U.S. cherries, but they’re also getting pretty darn good at growing their own, says @MDWhiting o… https://t.co/36QBR0Fj36
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73 days ago
It was a close vote, but a majority of tart cherry growers and processors support renewing marketing order. https://t.co/VzWlCLpz7A
73 days ago
In August, @usapples's annual outlook conference will be held online. Details: https://t.co/DuKK0rdyWt
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74 days ago
Growing cherries is hard. Fortunately, a few industry veterans have some words of advice and encouragement.… https://t.co/kKRqkYThUo
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75 days ago
Apple and pear growers are eligible for direct support from the @usdafsa Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, but d… https://t.co/1nZbXAYaJM
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75 days ago
In the shadow of the coronavirus, produce marketers such as @NWcherrygrowers and @Stemilt scramble to create online… https://t.co/aWzzwJ34cm
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Washington orchards host robotic arms race — Video

Developments in harvest automation continue but fall short of commercialization. Read More »

Apple growers blown away by defoliation demonstrations — Video

New pneumatic defoliators use alternating pulses of air to strip off leaves. Read More »