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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With exports falling, @Washington_Appl looks to focus on home court strength. https://t.co/OnNHA9B8IC https://t.co/aCfR0ICQ3t
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18 hours ago
Candy Mountain becomes Washington’s latest, and smallest, American Viticultural Area. @Wa_State_Wine @WINESofWAhttps://t.co/V5s1CqYnT5
1 day ago
Blueberry groups ask U.S. to investigate imports. @the_FBGA @blueberry411 @USDA https://t.co/P9kGTk772j
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2 days ago
As @thecosmiccrisp harvest approaches, growers are advised to clip stems and pick promptly once fruit shows signs o… https://t.co/zTfdWMRp8G
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6 days ago
Organic grower voices are crucial for keeping access to needed materials. Speak up by Oct. 1 to have a say at the n… https://t.co/ecfiL6eoHU
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7 days ago
Cherry flights increase out of Washington’s little Grant County airport while exports decrease overall.… https://t.co/FrEIVUCy81
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7 days ago
Well of course we had a crazy cherry season in a crazy year. @ChelanFresh @NWcherrygrowers @PORTOFMOSESLAKEhttps://t.co/IswKTQsKk5
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7 days ago
Citing concerns of smoke-damaged grapes, West Coast wine industries urge Congress to extend a federal program that’… https://t.co/uusJYI23aA
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8 days ago
Peach growers @TitanFarms and Talbott Farms orchestrate transcontinental worker transfer while U.S. government make… https://t.co/pD4uU71S4S
11 days ago
Good news for wine growers, the industry is now eligible for the new round of coronavirus relief funds the @USDA an… https://t.co/Pywn2XzoCu
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12 days ago
Is all this smoke hazardous for grapes too? @WSUWineScience prof. Tom Collins says it's a complicated picture but d… https://t.co/FkKxxKkAi8
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13 days ago
Proponents of more pear varieties search for options and information as an alternative to starting a Washington bre… https://t.co/g3eX53Zudn
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Smoke and wind drive down Washington apple crop estimate, says @Washington_Appl. https://t.co/eeOOGmXbm9
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14 days ago
Gerber’s long partnership with Michigan pears invests in the future with research. @Nestle https://t.co/SfSyFwi2eC https://t.co/NhsjZeqT76
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15 days ago
New legislation mandates collective negotiation for canning pears after prices plummeted last year when a processor… https://t.co/gG5pZJyHXZ
19 days ago
Michigan farmworkers must be tested for COVID-19. @MichFarmBureau, @UFWupdates https://t.co/AqgSUZZPQO
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19 days ago
State-mandated testing at Gebbers Farms shows low COVID-19 infection rate. https://t.co/yPHZnAjr8a
19 days ago
Peshastin pear growers say that without marketing and postharvest handling changes to spur consumer demand, prices… https://t.co/E3B4admKoA
21 days ago
Following months of pandemic-driven closures, wineries are hurting and grape growers expect less demand and lower p… https://t.co/QJ3EvhNAX3
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21 days ago
Blueberry groups announce virtual conference keynote speakers. @Blue4Health @blueberry411. https://t.co/apWxSGhKCD
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22 days ago
Quince rootstock trial from @WSUTreeFruitExt and @MSUExtension may have some good news for pear growers still pinin… https://t.co/dDkE0eBrIM
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25 days ago
Meet Fletcher Hukari from Hood River, OR, our #GFGYoungGrower featured in the Sept. 2020 issue. Fletcher is a fourt… https://t.co/9Jc3pY6eNK
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25 days ago
Washington State University prevails in Cosmic Crisp appeal by Phytelligence. @wsucahnrs https://t.co/9E4LFWGwGC
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26 days ago
$5.2 million grant awarded to @michiganstateu to fight fire blight: https://t.co/9v5akDI2lu
26 days ago
Royal Slope earns designation as Washington’s newest AVA. @Wa_State_Wine @WINESofWA @WAwinegrowers https://t.co/4D1Go6X80k
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27 days ago
A precision approach to irrigation can help pear growers protect packouts, according to on-farm demos by… https://t.co/TTnrQDukNe
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27 days ago
The @Wa_State_Wine research program is forging ahead with record-breaking funding. https://t.co/MjLDcj1Rxd
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27 days ago
Partnership between @WashingtonFruit and Yakima Fresh announced: https://t.co/iIgaZzJu7x
28 days ago
Kevin Moffitt of the @PearBureau talks about how @USApears is quickly adapting to changes at retail: https://t.co/kETEO9wirB
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34 days ago
International collaboration aims to advance smart orchard technologies. https://t.co/g0WbxcwbnT https://t.co/WYlyGE9Pw2
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35 days ago
WSU’s @AgWeatherNet studies differences between conditions inside the canopy and outside. https://t.co/H8QLk2dlLG https://t.co/015rdqYbpy
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36 days ago
Delivering the happy hour to your customers, virtually: https://t.co/MjujPTTSEz https://t.co/LPFtsDeu4Q
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Northwest fresh pear harvest is estimated at 366,000 tons, says @PearBureau, and @USApears promotions are adapting… https://t.co/DA8Z6Ew5eX
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39 days ago
The @usapples Apple Outlook shows USApple and USDA crop estimates are very close: https://t.co/yWCB06VtZp #AppleOutlook2020
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39 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Total USApple estimate for 2020: 253.3 million bushels. #AppleOutlook2020
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39 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Washington estimate: 176 million bushels. California 6.4 million, Oregon 3.8 million. #AppleOutlook2020
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39 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Michigan and Midwest estimate: 22.5 million bushels. #AppleOutlook2020
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39 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: New York 2020 crop estimate: 32 million bushels. Pennsylvania: 8.5 million. Virginia: 3.8 million. Total East: 44.7 mil…
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39 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Frank Swanson of US Foods: Foodservice still buys a lot of Red Delicious apples. It's hard to get institutions to chang…
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39 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Leghton Romney with Mexico's 2020 crop estimate: 19.8 million boxes. #AppleOutlook2020
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39 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Don Werden with the 2020 Canadian crop estimate: 18.7 million bushels. Up 3.5% from 2019. #AppleOutlook2020
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39 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Farmers will be OK in 2020, for the most part. We are worried for 2021. #AppleOutlook2020
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39 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Ag is doing OK overall. Some tough years ahead, but nowhere near the crisis of the 1980s. #AppleOutlook2020
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39 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Todd Van Hoose, president of Farm Credit Council, is talking about the Farm Credit System. "Inevitably, cycles happen i…
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39 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Neighboring countries: Ukraine, 1.2 million tons. Turkey 3.6 million tons, Russia 920,000 tons. #AppleOutlook2020
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39 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Organic apples getting close to 5% of production. 511,000 tons, up from 476,000 tons. #AppleOutlook2020
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39 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Binard: Golden Delicious down 13% from last year, below 2 million tons, a low crop. Gala at 1.5 million tons. #AppleOut…
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39 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: WAPA's Phillipe Binard is giving the European apple estimate: 10.7 million tons from 21 EU countries (including UK, for…
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40 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Butler: there are too many sales desks. Think over next several years will be merger among desks. Number of sales desks…
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40 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: McKay: growers know their business better than we could hope to know. #AppleOutlook2020
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40 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: McKay: If seriously considering a transaction, first figure out what you want to accomplish. More thinking people do up…
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RT @milkovich_matt: Corbett: Outright sale and equity partnership are fundamentally different. #AppleOutlook2020
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40 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Butler: Most investors want management team, original owners, to have skin in the game. Grower and financial partner mu…
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40 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Advice for companies thinking about selling, or collaborating with equity partner. Butler: these are tough businesses t…
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40 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Corbett: Long-term fundamentals are strong for apples and cherries. #AppleOutlook2020
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40 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Butler: Ag land is one of the best inflation hedges one can invest in. #AppleOutlook2020
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40 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: Corbett: Strong, patient capital can look past temporary weakness. #AppleOutlook2020
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40 days ago
RT @milkovich_matt: McKay: Seeing continued consolidation, will speed up over next 5-10 years. Lot of financial constraints weighing down f…
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RT @milkovich_matt: Price pressures, increasing labor costs, building demand, trade tensions will make things challenging for next few year…
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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 »