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Jerry Torres, a young grower from Quincy, Washington
Jerry is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural technology and finance at Washington State University and is starting a small business. He’s the son of Teresa and Ismael Torres.
Luke Tonnemaker, a young grower from Royal City, Washington
Luke is a fourth-generation farmer who studied food and nutrition at University of Idaho. He’s the son of Sonia and Kole Tonnemaker.
Winter pruning your fourth- and fifth-leaf Cosmic Crisp — Videos
Washington State University's Stefano Musacchi demonstrates how to winter prune fourth- and fifth-leaf WA 38
Clayton Ringer, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon
Clayton is a first-generation farmer who returned to the Columbia Gorge after spending time working in industrial solar energy. He’s the son of Kristen and Jai Ringer.
Chelsea Van Acker, a young grower from Williamson, New York
Chelsea grew up on the family farm, Van Acker Farms, graduated from Cornell University and works in field services for New York Apples Sales. She’s the daughter of Dan and Lori Van Acker.
Erica Bland, a young grower from Dryden, Washington
Erica is a fourth-generation farmer with a degree in criminal justice and sits on the Blue Star Growers board of directors. Erica is the daughter of Vince and Lesa Bland.
Profit by precision: 2020 Good Fruit Grower of the Year
2020 Grower of the Year Rod Farrow reflects on a career on the leading edge of precision horticulture in New York.
Parker and Sarah Sherrell, young growers from Hood River, Oregon
Sarah and Parker are first-generation farmers who recently purchased their own farm. Sarah graduated from University of Oregon and earned her master’s degree in business from George Fox University.
Tips for finding phylloxera — Video
WSU researchers share tips on where, when and how to scout for root-feeding pest.
Autonomous approach coming for tree fruit — Video
A self-driving sprayer may be coming to the tree fruit industry.
David Bittner, a young grower from Appleton, New York
David is a second-generation farmer who grows fruit along Lake Ontario and who graduated with a degree in agriculture system management from Purdue University. He is the son of Margo and Jim Bittner.
Cherries get a lift — Video
Rural Washington state airport sees boost in cherry exports during otherwise down year.
Fletcher Hukari, a young grower from Hood River, Oregon
Fletcher is a fourth-generation farmer who graduated from the University of Utah. He’s the son of Tami and Brian Hukari.
Improving irrigation improves pear profits — Video
A precision approach can help pear growers protect packouts.
Quince comparisons — Video
Several dwarfing rootstocks for pears show promise in trial, but more study still needed.
Seeing a future for crop estimation technology — Video
Growers put AI crop estimation to use in vineyards.
Upgrade your airblast sprayer — Video
Lidar system scans canopy volume and calibrates sprayer in real time to reduce overapplication and drift.
Crystal Aguilar, a young grower from Zillah, Washington
Crystal is a second-generation farmer who grew up in the Yakima Valley and originally pursued teaching before joining her brother, Tony Mendoza, with Haak Administrative Services. She is married to Jesus Aguilar and is the daughter of Trinidad and Elieser Mendoza.
Kyle Rasch, a young grower from Conklin, Michigan
Kyle is a fifth-generation famer in the West-central Michigan region. He was part of USApple’s Young Apple Leaders program, obtained a business degree from Grand Rapids Community College and is the son of Sue and Chuck Rasch.
Training video will help scouts spot little cherry disease
Just like in the coronavirus pandemic facing our communities, one of the challenges with the
Smart scouting for little cherry disease — Video
Using a checklist approach can help scouts detect little cherry disease symptoms that can vary
An orchard with a head start
A new ultrahigh-density approach in Washington starts with nursery trees planted at full height.
Maureen O’Callaghan, a young grower from Ephrata, Washington
Maureen graduated from Walla Walla Community College’s viticulture and enology program and joined Shaw Vineyards as a viticulturist in 2018. She is the daughter of Carol and John O’Callaghan.
Alicia Abendroth, a young grower from Wolcott, New York
Alicia grew up in Lower Saxony, Germany, and attended Geisenheim University before transferring to Cornell University to pursue her undergraduate degree in plant sciences.
Soil pits get the view from below — Video
Washington State University Extension specialist advises digging soil pits to assess irrigation and nutrition.
Joel Carter, a young grower from Summerland, British Columbia
Joel went to University of British Columbia, focusing on economics, and returned to the family farm, eventually buying his own land. He’s the son of Louisa and Neal Carter.
Gettin’ wiggy with it — Video
Researcher determines earwigs control woolly apple aphid without damaging fruit.
Brittany Komm, a young grower from East Wenatchee, Washington
Brittany is the senior viticulturist — also known as the “grape lady” — at Precept Wine Brands. She obtained her graduate degree at Washington State University.
Jose Garcia, a young grower from Wenatchee, Washington
Jose was born in Mexico and grew up next to the farm his family worked on in Wenatchee. He pursued agriculture at Wenatchee Valley College and Washington State University and is currently an assistant ranch manager in Quincy. Jose is the son of Anita and Juan Garcia.
Herbie Annala, a young grower from Hood River, Oregon
Herbie returned to the family farm with his wife, Dani Annala, after working as a metal fabricator in Portland, Oregon. He’s the son of Bev and Tim Annala.
A passion for pear psylla love songs — Video
WSU researchers record pear psylla vibrations to develop mating disruption.
A bear of a problem for fruit growers — Video
Big pests a growing concern for orchards across the country.
Adrian Arts, a young grower from Summerland, British Columbia
Adrian began farming about five years ago, after obtaining degrees in water resource science and geology. He returned home to Summerland and is now leasing and managing several smaller orchards. He is the son of Shirley Hansen and Adrian Arts.
Matt Murphy, a young grower from Geneva, New York
Matt is a first-generation tree fruit grower and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in viticulture, enology and plant sciences. He’s a farm manager at Red Jacket Orchards and is the son of Tina and Marty Murphy.
A robot’s rules for pruning — Video
Robotic harvest remains the Holy Grail of orchard automation, but researchers continue their pursuit of pruning technology.
Support the tech pipeline — Video
Carnegie Mellon scientist explains why supporting new technology is so important for the agriculture industry.
Systems trial asks: 2D or not 2D? — Video
Cornell systems trial puts the question to robot-ready canopies and the production costs of growing narrow fruiting walls.
Francisco Sarmiento Jr., a young grower from East Wenatchee, Washington
He’s a second-generation farmer and the son of Margarita and Francisco Sarmiento.
Bitter pit suppression is all about timing — Video
Apogee applied at pink stage is a grower’s best bet.
Beth Brown, a young grower from Waterport, New York
Beth grew up working with her grandfather, Harold Henry, on their family farm in Eden Valley, New York, and later graduated with a business degree from State University of New York at Oswego.
Johnson: Ghost apples appear at Good Fruit Grower
How a few photos captured on a chilly day in a Michigan orchard became a viral sensation.
Kevin Shaw and Lance Davison, young growers from Vernon, British Columbia
Kevin Shaw, a first-generation farmer, grew up in Kenya and pursued an engineering degree. Lance Davison, a fourth-generation farmer, grew up in Vernon and focused on horticulture in college. Kevin married Lance’s sister, Laura. The family business includes parents, Tamra and Tom Davison, and grandparents, Dora and Bob Davison.
Just add water: Packaged nematodes bred to devour pests — Video
Washington grower tries nematodes to knock down codling moths.
USApple’s Bair gives update on Farm Workforce Modernization Act — Video
Legislation passed in the the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.
Apple growers blown away by defoliation demonstrations — Video
New pneumatic defoliators use alternating pulses of air to strip off leaves.
Matt Haak, a young grower from Zillah, Washington
Matt is a second-generation tree fruit farmer in Washington’s Yakima Valley and pursued a
Washington orchards host robotic arms race — Video
Developments in harvest automation continue but fall short of commercialization.
Rootstocks a new reality for Pacific Northwest vineyards
Following phylloxera findings, Washington wine grape growers rooting for information on rootstocks.
Making the crop load count
Ontario grower Tom Ferri shares his precision super spindle system with the IFTA summer tour.
Growers switch gears after grape glut
Wine grape industry hits period of oversupply, lower prices.