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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Meet Jose Garcia, a young grower from Wenatchee, WA, featured in our April 1 issue. Jose started working in ag at a… https://t.co/UlJGBE0TmM
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Understanding more about the plant microbiome could uncover many benefits to agriculture, such as microbes that can… https://t.co/zN9WRQKIoG
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Consider legumes between your trees, say researchers @USUAggies and @WSU_SoilHealth as well as some commercial grow… https://t.co/p6MPWYYpZ1
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Washington grape growers use compost to boost long-term soil health; soil researcher from @WSUWineScience suggests… https://t.co/RhraLI8HzK
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RT @findtj: It’s not too late to join in the first seminar of the WSU-OSU Tree Fruit Extension webinar series at https://t.co/zRrxR3nea8
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Agriculture is an essential business, even in a pandemic, but it’s anything but business as usual. The… https://t.co/W774LSScK1
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New York growers anticipate a big bloom from Honeycrisp this year. Will they try blossom thinning to minimize bienn… https://t.co/1Df6qlVkV3
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Little cherry disease is expected to impact potential volume of 2020 cherry crop, @NWcherrygrowers announces:… https://t.co/nxL9dRy4l4
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Wild bees are disappearing from blueberry farms, according to @MSUEntomology research. Learn how to create healthfu… https://t.co/9VH9q0GE96
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Plenty of places to find info about how to run a farm during the coronavirus outbreak. @Stokes_Law @Cornellhttps://t.co/P5zdJJmhnc
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Fruit slows down the growth of young tart cherry trees. @MSU_Extension researcher shows using ethephon early can he… https://t.co/nmgkTKcQIB
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Meet Herbie Annala of Hood River, Oregon, our young grower featured in the March 15 issue. Herbie is leading effort… https://t.co/9xh0ZY9WXk
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Entomologist @wsubeeguy continues to breed better honey bees, while new projects and facilities round out the news… https://t.co/gQCJr0C2wY
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Learn pear pruning strategies from some of the best growers in Washington, thanks to @WSUTreeFruitExt's field day.… https://t.co/nVC5QxC6Ph
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In light of coronavirus, the @USEmbassyMEX has agreed to process pending H-2A visas for returning workers who don’t… https://t.co/EPL9gGg51U
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The @WSDAgov is planning how best to trap, track and eradicate the beehive-destroying Asian giant hornet this year.… https://t.co/idQCegv4Qi
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Blue orchard bees help honey bees with pollination duties in cherries and pears, according to early results from… https://t.co/7d1gZzfiNb
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Coronavirus concerns rattle the fruit industry. Check our web post for updated announcements and info, including… https://t.co/tyzM8jbdTu
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Washington growers try new tricks to curb what may be a codling moth resurgence. https://t.co/2a1jYgoJHZ Plus, tim… https://t.co/5b0aUFvIb0
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Arctic airmass aims for Eastern Washington tomorrow, @AgWeatherNet warns. @NWcherrygrowers are on high alert for bu… https://t.co/1BerBEsHfW
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Samurai wasp releases seek to slice down population of brown marmorated stink bug. @MSUExtension @OregonStateExthttps://t.co/dF1bA9Pkfy
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Keep an eye out for spotted lanternfly. @psuextension’s Heather Leach shares her efforts aimed at managing the inva… https://t.co/2Viyet1Xe9
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Want the flavor of a peach but without the drippy mess? New “neat peach” varieties from the @Rutgers breeding progr… https://t.co/xGH50J4cUc
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San Jose scale befuddled by pheromones. @MSU_Extension https://t.co/DYMq7r8fzj
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Ugh, paperwork! Don’t let surveys get you down. They have their reasons, and we have a few ways to help prioritize… https://t.co/w9OkS6G0fc
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Ever wonder what pear psylla pick-up lines sound like? @DowenJocson in the @CrowderLabWSU has recordings — if you’r… https://t.co/PxBPRxwo3C
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The @WAwinegrowers honors 2019 leadership award winners at its 2020 annual meeting, including growers Mike Sauer, K… https://t.co/JSChwUQZGr
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RT @Wa_State_Wine: We are sad to announce that @TasteWashington is canceled this year. We appreciate everyone’s support while we’ve been cl…
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RT @findtj: David Minick was honored with the 2019 Erick Hanson Memorial Grower of the Year award during the Washington Winegrowers luncheo…
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RT @findtj: Quick correction: these were the 2019 award winners, not the 2020 winners.
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RT @findtj: Gordon “Gordy” Hill, left, receives the 2020 Grand Vin award during the Washington Winegrowers luncheon on March 5 in Kennewick…
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RT @findtj: Kent Waliser, left, receives the 2020 Industry Service award during the Washington Winegrowers luncheon on March 5, in Kennewic…
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RT @findtj: Mike Sauer receives the 2020 Lifetime Achievement award during the Washington Winegrowers luncheon on March 5, in Kennewick, Wa…
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RT @findtj: Vicky Scharlau, executive director of Washington Winegrowers, welcomes 2020 attendees to the annual industry awards luncheon in…
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RT @SwassRoss: @SteMichelle @OregonState @CanoeRidgeWine $8,000 per year to operate a wind machine over 5 years. #WAwinegrowers2020 https:/…
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RT @SwassRoss: @SteMichelle @OregonState @CanoeRidgeWine Wind machines are effective but finite tool. They provide a 3-4 degree push. “Most…
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RT @SwassRoss: @SteMichelle @OregonState @CanoeRidgeWine “A good site trumps everything. Dave Harmening of Orchard-Rite said about frost co…
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RT @SwassRoss: @SteMichelle @OregonState @CanoeRidgeWine People sometimes say they are already mechanizing, and they are. “But there’s alwa…
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RT @SwassRoss: @SteMichelle @OregonState @CanoeRidgeWine cut labor costs of shoot thinning in high-tier blocks roughly in half by mechanizi…
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RT @SwassRoss: @SteMichelle @OregonState His study did not look at other chores to mechanize. He wants growers to give him ideas. Clark Sea…
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RT @SwassRoss: @SteMichelle Mechanizing leaf pulling and harvesting “is kind of a slam dunk,” when it comes to improving profits and liquid…
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RT @SwassRoss: Mech session moderator Mike Means of @SteMichelle called Thursday the “morning after” sessions, in references to Wednesday n…
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RT @findtj: Do rootstocks affect wine composition? Jim Harbertson, WSU, gave us his insight following the #WAwinegrowers2020 phylloxera ses…
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Last day for live coverage from @kprengaman and @findtj #WAwinegrowers2020
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More fruit growers are having a bear of a problem with bears damaging trees and destroying beehives. Read more and… https://t.co/K2NN6tu1cC
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Vineyard health check draws a crowd on day 2 of the @WAwinegrowers’ annual meeting. #WAwinegrowers2020 Read… https://t.co/GRVcyYozMB
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RT @SwassRoss: Analemma Wines in Columbia Gorge farms biodynamically. Workers have cows on the farm and they bury the manure in hollowed ou…
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RT @findtj: Moving vineyard equipment to/from phylloxera zones? Here’s a how-to slide on cleaning recommendations from @WSU_Vit_Ext https:/…
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RT @SwassRoss: Hedges Family Estate is a biodynamic wine producer on Red Mountain in Benton City, WA. First release in WA was Hedges in 201…
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RT @kprengaman: Harbertson is showing us a lot of tables of data and telling us, "there's nothing to see here." He said: '"What we saw was…
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RT @kprengaman: @WSUWineScience Don't worry through. Melissa Hansen from the @Wa_State_Wine and the @goodfruitgrower archive has us covered…
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RT @kprengaman: Jim Harbertson from @WSUWineScience shares findings of 1999 rootstock trial on wine making he did with Markus Keller. It's…
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RT @findtj: @WSU_Vit_Ext — Rootstocks offer many viticultural advantages we currently do not take advantage of.
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RT @findtj: @WSU_Vit_Ext — Most vine rootstocks are very cold hardy.
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RT @findtj: The @WSU_Vit_Ext team wears their “Vote Rootstock 2020” endorsement t-shirts during the #WAwinegrowers2020 phylloxera session t…
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RT @SwassRoss: Organic and biodynamic wines have strict certification processes; natural wines do not, said @HeadStoryteller @Oregonian. #W…
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RT @SwassRoss: "A lot of what we’re talking about today is as old as the planet,” said Michael Alberty, wine writer for The Oregonian in Po…
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And now @SwassRoss is on the scene

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 »