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Making sure Cosmic comes out Crisp – Video

September 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers learn from other growers on tour of some of the first commercial WA 38 plantings.

  • Matt Duke, a young grower from Spokane, Washington

Matt Duke, a young grower in Yakima, Washington

September 27th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/Matt is the first generation of his family to work in agriculture. He has a horticulture degree from Washington State University and a career as a crop consultant. He’s the son of Michelle and Dave Duke.
age/27
grower/in Yakima, Washington
crops/Apples, cherries, pears and stone fruit
business/G.S. Long

How did you get your start?
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IFTA B.C. tour: Lessons from Lake Country

September 4th, 2018|0 Comments

IFTA tour hosts share tips on growing cherries.

  • British Columbia farms

IFTA B.C. tour: Land of late and lucrative cherries – Video

August 30th, 2018|0 Comments

British Columbia growers double down to hit the late-season market.

  • Madeleine van Roechoudt

Madeleine van Roechoudt, a young grower from Lake Country, British Columbia

August 29th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/ Madeleine continues a multigenerational farm that began north of Kelowna in 1949. The farm is known for growing some of the first Ambrosias and is branching out into wine grapes. Madeleine is the daughter of Marc and Tessa van Roechoudt and granddaughter of Louis and Suzanne van Roechoudt.
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Shaking it up in the orchard: Video

August 14th, 2018|0 Comments

WSU continues work on tiered shake-and-catch harvester.

  • Bird control technology

Battling birds with lights, sounds : Videos

August 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Makers of new noise and laser deterrents promise birds won’t habituate to the technology.

  • Dropcopter prototype pollinator

The new buzz for blossoms

July 30th, 2018|1 Comment

Drones won’t replace bees for pollination, but they may help.

  • IFTA Study Tour 2018

Guilherme Fontanella Sander, a young grower from Vale do Sol, Brazil

July 27th, 2018|1 Comment

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family background / Guilherme grew up working alongside his father Renato and mother Edna at orchards in Southern Brazil. Guilherme obtained his master’s degree in tree fruit training systems and is pursuing his Ph.D. at University of Santa Catarina State (Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina).
grower / São Joaquim, Brazil
age

  • IFTA Study Tour 2018

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 agritourism at locations in California’s Southern San Joaquin Valley. He graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and is the son of Steve and Vickie Murray.
age / 32
crops / Cherries, diversified crops
business / Murray Family

  • Kate Evans and the WSU breeding program

Post-Cosmic question: What’s next?

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

With launch of WA 38 underway, WSU’s apple breeding program hopes to build on successes.

  • Elizabeth Bourcier, a young grower from Walla Walla

Elizabeth Bourcier, a young grower from Walla Walla, Washington

May 29th, 2018|1 Comment

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family background / Elizabeth studied winemaking and viticulture at Walla Walla Community College and California Polytechnic State University and is the assistant vigneronne at Cayuse Vineyards in Milton-Freewater, Oregon. She’s the daughter of Betty and Denis Bourcier.

grower / Walla Walla, Washington
age / 34
crops / Grapes
business / Cayuse Vineyards

How did you

  • Nick Anderson, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon

Nick Anderson, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon

May 14th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/ Nick graduated from Columbia Gorge Community College, married Annabeth and has a young son and daughter. Beyond working just about every job on the farm, he wants to continue his education taking horticulture and business classes. He’s the son of Bill and Deede Anderson.
age/26
crops/Cherries
business/Anderson Fruit Inc.

How did you

  • IFTA Study Tour 2018

Bruno Simpson, a young grower from Nelson, New Zealand

April 29th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Bruno is the third generation of Waimea Nurseries and has been elected to the International New Varieties Network. Bruno is the son of Mike Simpson and Angela Donaldson.
grower / Nelson, New Zealand
age / 26
crops / Apples, pears, kiwifruit
business / Waimea Nurseries, Waimea Variety Management

How did you get

  • Tips to work with H-2A

Here are some pointers for hiring H-2A workers

April 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Panelists offer insights about federal guest worker program from several years of experience.

  • 2018 International Fruit Tree Association New Zealand Study Tour and Conference

Growing into the future – Video

April 17th, 2018|0 Comments

New Zealand researchers and growers testing limits with 2D, 3D systems.

  • IFTA Study Tour 2018

Kyle Ardiel, a young grower from Thornbury, Ontario

April 17th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/ After growing up on the family farm, Kyle earned a business degree working as a CPA before returning to work with his father, Shane, and mother, Gail.
age / 33
crops / Apples
business / Apple Springs Orchards, Inc.

How did you get your start?
I can clearly remember getting off the bus

  • 2018 International Fruit Tree Association New Zealand Study Tour and Conference

A standout tour of New Zealand – Photos & VR

April 11th, 2018|0 Comments

IFTA attendees were easy to spot as they traversed the New Zealand countryside. Here are a few highlights.

Yvette Jones, a young grower from Nelson, New Zealand

April 9th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Yvette grew up traveling around the globe with parents David and Fiona Jones, who work in food technology. She majored in horticulture and is passionate about applied food sciences.
age/23
grower/Nelson, New Zealand
crops/Apples, pears, kiwifruit
business/Horticulturalist

How did you get your start?
I’m not from a traditional rural background — I’m not

  • Cherry pollen harvest

Trees without fruit, pollination without bees

March 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Pollen company joins Washington State University researcher to try planting a pollen-only orchard.

  • Conor Kilian, a young grower from Sunnyside, Washington

Conor Kilian, a young grower from Sunnyside, Washington

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Conor grew up in a large Yakima Valley farming family growing juice grapes, learning organic methods and helping expand the farm’s apple acreage. He is the son of Carl and Jeannie Kilian and grandson of Ervin and Sharon Kilian.
age / 22
crops / Apples and grapes
business / Kilian

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The Cosmic gospel : Video

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington State University continues education on training WA 38 trees.

  • Trent Graybill, a young grower from Zillah

Trent Graybill, a young grower from Zillah, Washington

March 15th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Trent is a first-generation farmer who started growing cherries alongside his wife, Shelly, and father-in-law, Dwayne Bowman. His primary job as an agronomist for Soilcraft Inc. has helped him to finance his cherry blocks.
age / 28
crops / Cherries
business / Eden Acres and Soilcraft Inc.

How did you get

  • Tony Guisto, a young grower from Hood River

Tony Guisto, a young grower from Hood River, Oregon

February 24th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/Tony grew up in a logging family in Oregon’s Hood River Valley, headed by his father, Brad Fowler, and mother, Katy Klein. After graduating from the University of Oregon, he and his wife, Millie, have worked to establish their own cherry and pear orchards.
age/30
grower/Hood River, Oregon
crops/Cherries, pears
business/AG Farms and

  • Bing Cherry with Little Cherry Virus 2. (Courtesy Andrea Bixby Brosi, Washington State University)

Be on the lookout for little cherry – Video

February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Scouting for symptoms in orchards is key to preventing, controlling little cherry disease.

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Watch and learn

February 12th, 2018|1 Comment

Michigan State University’s new video series highlights grape and wine research.

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Finding success the cooperative way

January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

The fewer grower cooperatives packing fruit in the industry today still play crucial role.

  • International cargo cherry deliveries

All aboard the cherry express

January 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Airborne exports through Sea-Tac help make up for tough domestic year for sweet cherries.

  • Young grower Conner Sullivan

Conner Sullivan, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

January 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Conner along with his cousin Clint Sullivan started their business after growing up learning agriculture from their grandfather, Robert, and fathers, Patrick and Kevin Sullivan, in the Pasco area. Conner is the son of Patrick and Brenda and has two younger siblings.
grower / Pasco, Washington
age / 25
crops

  • 2017 Hort Show

Kurrle: USApple works for growers

January 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Trade agreements, farm bill likely targets for 2018.