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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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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4 days ago
WSU and managers of @thecosmiccrisp sue nursery for illegal propagation of WA 38 trees. https://t.co/LtMyPgQomS
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4 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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5 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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10 days ago
Scientist @WazzuCpaas wins grant to develop robotic pollination. https://t.co/sYKRP7Gd5o
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Ludicrously named apple from @MidwestApple has a juicy, fruity flavor. https://t.co/KP1MW5oqZT https://t.co/2GOqVVYvb1
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11 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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11 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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12 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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17 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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18 days ago
Apple industry appeals to USDA to revisit pandemic payment eligibility. @USDA_AMS, @usapples https://t.co/JShp426aTn
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18 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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19 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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23 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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25 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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25 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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26 days ago
Agricultural labor attorney @Wixwixwixwix advises caution when navigating overlapping sick and family leave mandate… https://t.co/mIkjM1qkUD
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30 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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30 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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30 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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31 days ago
Washington and Michigan have issued another new slate of rules for agricultural practices during the pandemic.… https://t.co/isLdnrUOi5
31 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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32 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
32 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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32 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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33 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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34 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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37 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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38 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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38 days ago
Check https://t.co/iP5Va3YeIZ for coverage of the pear industry meetings soon. https://t.co/IWA57Zrdjf
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38 days ago
Combining mechanical vineyard management techniques can achieve near hand-labor quality for a fraction of the costs… https://t.co/8oFBJCdeJv
39 days ago
Pruning to bud count can boost size and color, says @MSUExtension educator Phill Schwallier. https://t.co/BhaEPdNNLs
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39 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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40 days ago
With industry consolidations and forced adjustments, Northwest Michigan cherry growers have seen better days. https://t.co/q1gjHCiorl
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40 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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44 days ago
It was a close vote, but a majority of tart cherry growers and processors support renewing marketing order. https://t.co/VzWlCLpz7A
44 days ago
In August, @usapples's annual outlook conference will be held online. Details: https://t.co/DuKK0rdyWt
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45 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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46 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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46 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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47 days ago
A wine grape virologist @WSU_IAREC encourages growers to bring samples in for virus screening.… https://t.co/44JObvCSEc
48 days ago
Sap beetles take Michigan cherries by surprise. @MSUExtension https://t.co/PlbyJdQsIs https://t.co/AHzD6A5H9z
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48 days ago
Little cherry disease poses a big risk to the PNW cherry industry, so WSU and OSU researchers are working hard to b… https://t.co/SnZVWnrNMA
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48 days ago
Officials don’t want European cherry fruit fly to spread beyond Western New York, but a small cherry industry there… https://t.co/0tppZtqtDV
51 days ago
Washington’s @ChelanFresh and @OneontaSRG awarded funding to supply @USDA Farmers to Families food boxes through ne… https://t.co/KiSe9Kljka
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51 days ago
Meet Alicia Abendroth, our young grower featured in the May 15 issue. Originally from Germany, she co-owns the fami… https://t.co/qVSslVcePX
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52 days ago
Bunk beds are still allowed in farmworker housing, with conditions, under new Washington state rules. https://t.co/o1GJYVbB15
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52 days ago
Catch little cherry disease early with good sampling and scouting practices, according to columnists Tianna DuPont… https://t.co/IxWigzpPqd
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The challenges of selling cherries in a pandemic are many, but the @NWcherrygrowers team has a plan to adapt to the… https://t.co/t1t1flVHmk
53 days ago
The @NWcherrygrowers convene virtually for annual preseason meeting and call for a 201,500-ton crop.… https://t.co/N40MI8YDlk
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53 days ago
Tree fruit industry groups have issued guidance to production companies facing protests, walkouts and increased scr… https://t.co/4A5y14eZN7
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53 days ago
Even wineries that prefer hand-picked grapes can use mechanization as a tool to improve vineyard management. See ho… https://t.co/70VFBYqD2m
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54 days ago
Washington to give out 50,000 free masks to agricultural workers through nonprofit groups. https://t.co/2DARoUdDc5
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54 days ago
No more late nights calculating payroll. Growers such as @ssdurfey and her family turn to phone apps to manage empl… https://t.co/BVRWUJGK2m
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55 days ago
RT @kprengaman: Hey Twitter, how can the @goodfruitgrower help you as we look ahead to the rest of 2020? What information do you need or wh…
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55 days ago
Oregon fruit growers have a few extra weeks to prepare for the emergency pandemic rules governing agriculture and l… https://t.co/7qSfVmLCze
55 days ago
Stressed about thinning your apples? Try artificial spur extinction. @plantandfood https://t.co/KTdhEqJ2Ld https://t.co/LpISMQXKHN
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58 days ago
With 100 clone/rootstock combinations and 3600 data vines, the “mother of all Cabernet trials” takes on climate cha… https://t.co/1jw1WpUwUu
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59 days ago
Canadian growers have relied on international farmworkers for decades, but the pandemic put the program in jeopardy… https://t.co/QJPAQ94Wvg
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60 days ago
Agencies and associations roll out information for employers about how to keep farming during coronavirus and still… https://t.co/kONkrnot0T

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 »