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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Yikes! Giant, hive-destroying hornet recently detected in Washington poses a serious threat to honeybees. Officials… https://t.co/CLnk59yrmZ
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Sunlight powers orchards, but too much of a good thing damages fruit. New research by @WSUTFRECPhysiol and… https://t.co/iBlnMeCF82
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Brazilian tart cherries? U.S. industry asks for an investigation of imports from country with no known tart cherry… https://t.co/0KuP2lsInv
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Hot weather at harvest means fruit ripens faster than usual, and that pace can continue into storage, changing how… https://t.co/GcKYgmbYb7
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Check out some session highlights for the @WSUTreeFruitExt apple, pear and technology research reviews scheduled in… https://t.co/Eswb53klG9
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Once found only growing wild in the swamps of the Southern U.S., the mayhaw is going commercial, and Florida grower… https://t.co/FsnvCN6JjW
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It’s a lot to ask, but pear industry leaders want growers to consider funding a cultivar breeding program.… https://t.co/gOxl0HiBbw
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A researcher @WSU_IAREC is getting misty, building an evaporative cooling system for wine grapes. Find out how his… https://t.co/Vi4BoqAwBO
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Researchers at @WSU_IAREC demonstrate that existing cherry export quarantine practices work to control the powdery… https://t.co/GgPZfX1usN
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Meet Beth Brown, our #GFGYoungGrower from Waterport, NY, featured in the Jan. 15 issue. Beth grew up working with h… https://t.co/mSGK2EMCsC
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Behind the “ghost apple,” @goodfruitgrower gets the photo and the story: https://t.co/2wjeCpPRl3 https://t.co/6bNChvrUMO
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11 days ago
ITC stuns U.S. tart cherry industry by ruling Turkish imports are not causing material harm: https://t.co/Jm92KZ1XQ4
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Will new, affordable DNA screening help the tree production supply chain reduce mistakes? @SwassRoss takes a look:… https://t.co/fqsqxfuOcH
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Not all wildlife management talks for tree fruit growers include bears, but they were on today’s agenda in Northwes… https://t.co/inzC2S2tHL
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RT @kprengaman: But some tree fruit growers are excited about the technology! https://t.co/VAdvzksF5R https://t.co/ykEEZGOU5q
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RT @kprengaman: That's a heck of a pest problem. https://t.co/6Uoz0yjNVo
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RT @milkovich_matt: SWD has a wide host range. Baits still not selective. Many attractants are short ranged. Just some of the challenges to…
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RT @milkovich_matt: Afternoon sessions: MSU's Juan Huang is talking attract and kill for SWD. #NWshow
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RT @milkovich_matt: Bears aren't going after the honey. They want the larvae, which has lots of nutrients. But honey and queen often eaten…
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RT @milkovich_matt: Want fencing that's 100% effective. A single bear/beehive interaction can destroy the entire hive. #NWshow
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RT @milkovich_matt: Michigan's black bear population is growing. Native pollinators are shrinking. More fruit growers are using commercial…
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RT @milkovich_matt: And now for a problem that might be particular to Northwest Michigan: black bears raiding beehives. #NWshow
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RT @milkovich_matt: Chemical repellents not totally effective by themselves, but should be part of deer mgmt toolbox. #NWshow
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RT @milkovich_matt: MSU's James DeDecker is talking deer fencing. The number of recreational hunters is going down, so hunting is not a lon…
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RT @milkovich_matt: Studies have shown laser bird control can work in sweet corn; possibly in blueberries; tree fruits uncertain because no…
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RT @milkovich_matt: Michigan sweet cherry growers estimate 13% losses to bird damage. If they didn't do any management, estimate would lose…
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RT @milkovich_matt: Talking lasers and bird control at the #NWshow
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@milkovich_matt is covering the NW Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show #NWshow. Follow along...
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Most of the #organic #apples in the U.S. come from WA, but NY grocer @Wegmans customers want to buy local and organ… https://t.co/EhLBAsCNvp
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NW tree fruit groups have begun putting federal trade mitigation money to work. Find out how and where here:… https://t.co/XZQVkU56qn
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16 days ago
RT @findtj: Mealy bug and leafhopper management slides from Tianna DuPont, @WSUTreeFruitExt, to help growers dealing with the little cherry…
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RT @kprengaman: X phytoplasma is spread by leafhoppers. These bugs aren't well understood and they have lots of hosts as they hop around, s…
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RT @kprengaman: Little Cherry Disease time. Grower Denny Hayden opens with a good joke because it's the last thing the audience will have t…
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RT @kprengaman: Good coverage comes from slower, swirling air, rather than a boundary layer like the mountain. The best thing I can tell yo…
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Dena Ybarra receives the Cherry King award Friday in Yakima at #CherryInstitute, the annual meeting of… https://t.co/QOf7u4e4jF
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RT @kprengaman: Good coverage is all about air. Hoheisel shows this clip to show how air moves. https://t.co/nP9PXx9Y28 https://t.co/Ras0m0…
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RT @kprengaman: Now, Bernardita Sallato from @WSUTreeFruitExt talks about why calcium poses such a challenge. We need it in the cell walls…
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RT @kprengaman: Next up from @WSUTreeFruitExt, Gwen Hoheisel talks about improving spray coverage. "Every drop to the crop" is really about…
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RT @kprengaman: @WSU_IAREC Brent Arnoldussen said the cellulose nanocrystal films offer protection for buds up to 11 degrees, which can las…
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RT @kprengaman: Learning about how a "sprayable winter coat" could help cherry buds resist cold damage. Read more about the @WSU_IAREC rese…
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RT @SwassRoss: Good news for database hounds. The WA Tree Fruit Research Commission bank of reports is back online after website reconstruc…
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RT @findtj: @PeterZeihan updates Northwest cherry growers about current trade moves, the people involved and where U.S. agricultural trade…
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RT @findtj: Keith Hu — At almost 20 dream cruises in SE Asia, #NWCherries were sampled to about 75,000 passengers in 2019 during in ship di…
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RT @SwassRoss: McCord made 67 crosses in 2019 compared to 39 in 2018, and produced 7,000 seeds in 2019, about 1,000 more than the year befo…
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RT @SwassRoss: R19 is early, 9.5-10 row size, firm, sweet and self-fertile but may have problems with cracking and storage. R3: 9.5 row, fi…
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RT @SwassRoss: WSU has three new varieties entering Phase 3 trials, 2 of them are early and one is mid-season. #cherryinstitute
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RT @SwassRoss: In making crosses, McCord used mason bees, less expensive than honeybees and effective inside netting. #cherryinstitute
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RT @SwassRoss: China imported 1.7 million boxes of NW cherries, down from more than 3 million 2 years ago. “That’s still a lot of fruit,” s…
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RT @SwassRoss: WSU’s cherry breeding program in Prosser goes from from 1,000-3,000 seedlings in Phase 1 to 5-10 selections for small trials…
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RT @SwassRoss: 11 percent of WTFRC tech funding, $89K, is for to cherry related projects. Among them are nanocrystals and automated pruning…
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RT @SwassRoss: The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has 12 cherry projects for the current year, said director Ines Hanrahan. Four…
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RT @findtj: Matt Whiting — Chinese domestic production is growing quickly, spurred by new large-scale plantings and research dollars. #Cher…
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RT @SwassRoss: China is putting enormous investment of money, time and energy into experiments with production. “They’re trying new systems…
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RT @SwassRoss: Will see cherry exports to China go down even more, even without tariffs, because of the rise in domestic production. #cherr…
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RT @SwassRoss: Under visiting professor scholarship, WSU’s Matt Whiting lived in Shanghai for a month. It was not much different than livin…
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RT @SwassRoss: Japan imported a 3 year high volume, up more than 20 percent over 2018, mostly due to collaboration with Costco, Hu said. NW…
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RT @SwassRoss: South Korea exports were down 15 percent due to weak economy in 2019. #cherryinstitute
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RT @findtj: The #NWCherry marketing effort saw significant growth in the health and nutrition space in 2019. #cherryinstitute. https://t.c…
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RT @SwassRoss: ‘Vientam is becoming very, very promising for the whole industry,” said Keith Hu of NW Cherry Growers. Exports to Vietnam gr…
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RT @findtj: Here’s a breakdown of last year’s Northwest and California sweet cherry crop overlap during the 2019 season. #cherryinstitute.…
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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 »