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Spray researchers aim to catch their drift

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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Against the gray, late-autumn sky, it’s hard to miss the green plume spraying into the

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Steering the research on spray drift

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

UW researcher takes the wheel for drift data collection.

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Winegrowers Day 2

February 13th, 2019|0 Comments

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Labor remains the biggest cost for wine grape growers in Washington, and for many, it

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Highlights in the new Farm Bill

February 5th, 2019|0 Comments

2018 Farm Bill includes several provisions that affect the tree fruit industry.

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FSMA grower training offered in Eastern Washington Feb. 12, 13 and 20

February 5th, 2019|0 Comments

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The Washington State Tree Fruit Association will hold a Produce Safety Alliance grower training course

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Scharlau: Staying ahead of the issues

January 31st, 2019|0 Comments

A look at some of the rules and regulations that will impact vintners and growers this year.

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A pick of packing house highlights

January 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Packing house highlights: Kershaw innovates old-school style, Washington Fruit stacks with robots and Columbia Fruit finds new vision with improved tunnel.

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New York viticulturist, climatologist earn Excellence in IPM Awards

January 18th, 2019|0 Comments

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Alice Wise, viticulture and research specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, and Keith

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Peracetic acid shines in sanitizer study

January 15th, 2019|2 Comments

WSU researcher tinkers with sanitizers and best ways to use them.

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Ozone filling a void for fruit packers

January 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Organic storage and food safety needs drive renewed interest in ozone technology.

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Good to Know: Wash and learn

January 14th, 2019|0 Comments

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It’s a fact of life: If you’re storing, holding or packing produce, you have a

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Dininny: A+ effort on next apple defect guide

January 14th, 2019|1 Comment

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For years, Washington growers and packers have turned to a handy, 36-page guide to determine

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Kurrle: 2019 brings challenges and opportunities

December 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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From agricultural labor to farm bill programs, regulations and trade agreements, the policies and decisions

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Growers need a plan for preventing workplace discrimination

December 27th, 2018|0 Comments

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Attorney Sarah Wixson was impressed with her client, a Washington grower, for already having complex

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President signs Farm Bill

December 20th, 2018|0 Comments

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President Donald Trump on Thursday signed the $867 billion Farm Bill that Congress passed last

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Food recall risks are rising

December 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Food industry consultant offers tips for preparing for an FDA inspection and preventing a recall.

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Picking a harvest platform: Roundup of manufacturers’ top picks

December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers have many choices as manufacturers invest heavily in harvest platforms.

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Prototype picker: Apple Vacuum System tested (VIDEO)

December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Apple Vacuum System mounted on a Bandit Xpress platform may look strange, but orchard managers seem pleased with performance.

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Congress passes $867 billion Farm Bill

December 12th, 2018|0 Comments

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Today Congress passed an $867 billion Farm Bill with strong bipartisan support. The House of

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Flor Maldonado, a young grower from Tonasket, Washington

December 7th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Flor grew up on farms, since she was a small child, helping

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WSTFA18: Postharvest problems

December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington State University Extension, in cooperation with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission and Good

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WSTFA annual meeting, Day 1

December 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

A wrap of the first day's discussions at the WSTFA Annual Meeting and Hort Show in Yakima

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Growing by the numbers: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

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Dan Plath farms by the data.

He frequently responds to this reporter’s questions about horticultural decisions

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Growing potential: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Funding education is a top priority for the Plath family.

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DeVaney: Reflections on 2018 …

November 29th, 2018|0 Comments

WSTFA President Jon DeVaney reflects on 2018 and looks ahead to the next year

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Annual apple residue report now available

November 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission residue study aims to help growers with their spray programs

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California moves toward curtailing Lorsban

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

State’s Department of Pesticides Regulation suggests several temporary measures as they work toward permanent state-wide restrictions.

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Good to Know: Biocontrol for bunch rot

October 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Native yeasts have potential to inhibit fungal disease in Washington vineyards.

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Napa Valley faces watershed moment

October 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Woodland concerns behind vote to limit Napa vineyards.

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Congress holds fate of new trade deal to replace NAFTA

October 4th, 2018|0 Comments

While agreement calls for no tariffs on apples, pears and cherries between North American nations, Mexico’s separate 20 percent retaliatory tariff on U.S. apples could remain in place.

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New regulations over wine wastewater

September 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Reactions are mixed over new rule requiring many Washington state wineries to obtain a permit.

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Money available for U.S. sweet cherry growers hurt by trade disputes

September 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Cherry growers are expected to share in $111.5 million in aid as part of an overall $12 billion package the Trump administration approved to help growers and producers hurt by trade policies.

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USDA shares details on relief program for apple and pear growers

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

U.S. apple and pear growers who may be harmed by ongoing international trade disputes will be able to apply for the federal government’s relief package beginning in October.

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Tree fruit added to U.S. relief program for food impacted by trade disputes

August 28th, 2018|2 Comments

The Food Purchase and Distribution Program will buy up to $1.2 billion in food products “unfairly targeted by unjustified retaliation.”

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Gala on pace to topple Red Delicious’ reign

August 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Day 1 at the 2018 US Apple Outlook: U.S. growers expect Red Delicious to yield its place as the leading variety by volume for the first time in more than 50 years.

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Vineyard sprayers: Applying knowledge

August 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Washington State University sprayer evaluation helps growers optimize vineyard sprayer performance.

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Before you dig

August 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Simple check can avoid underground dangers.

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Good to Know: Food safety Q&A

July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

To keep you abreast of the latest information, Good Fruit Grower, in cooperation with industry professionals, is presenting an occasional column to answer some of the more frequently asked questions about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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Proposals wanted for National Clean Plant Network projects for 2019

July 24th, 2018|0 Comments

APHIS will accept proposals through Oct. 12 and anticipates awarding a minimum of $5 million in cooperative agreements.

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Washington State Ag Department seeks grower input on top priorities

July 17th, 2018|0 Comments

The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is asking growers and industry workers to take part in a survey to identify top priorities for the program.

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USDA extends labor housing program to growers putting up H-2A workers

July 10th, 2018|0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture administrates loans and grants designed to employers who build or improve housing for farmworkers, but they had always been restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

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What makes a ‘cultural’ orchardist?

July 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers examine how growers pick nonchemical pest management tactics.

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Two Northwest associations focused on trade finalize affiliation

July 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Northwest Fruit Exporters is now a member of the Northwest Horticultural Council.

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Good to Know: Help for managing Oriental fruit moth

June 28th, 2018|0 Comments

OFM damage is on the rise in Washington orchards.

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Steven Murray Jr., a young grower from Bakersfield, California

June 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Steven has helped change Murray Family Farms’ business, adding farm markets and

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Quarantine in New York’s Niagara County for European cherry fruit fly

June 14th, 2018|0 Comments

U.S. officials are taking action to stop the potential spread of an invasive fruit fly that could threaten the cherry crop in New York state.

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EverCrisp release ramps up

June 13th, 2018|1 Comment

Midwest Apple Improvement Association marketing its first new apple.

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Northwest tree fruit delegation heads to D.C. to talk trade

June 7th, 2018|0 Comments

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A delegation representing the Northwest tree fruit industry will be meeting with Trump administration officials

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Tart growers target Turkey

June 6th, 2018|0 Comments

U.S. tart cherry industry weighs legal challenge to low-price imports.

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Mexico slaps tariffs on U.S. apples

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Country's largest apple export market retaliates over steel and aluminum tariffs.