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Growers of the Year

Featured stories previewing the winter horticulture shows and the Good Fruit Grower Growers of the Year in this issue.

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People count at Duckwall Fruit

December 17th, 2014|0 Comments

Duckwall’s mission is to mold a team who will achieve the best possible results for its growers and customers, and ultimately consumers.

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How to harvest and store WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) apples

December 16th, 2014|0 Comments

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Earlier Good Fruit Grower articles have described the taste and horticultural traits of the recently commercialized apple cultivar WA 38. In this article, we want

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Use winter weeds to improve soil

December 16th, 2014|0 Comments

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Winter weeds are a cheap way of improving and adding organic matter to soil. It is costly and difficult to sow a cover crop on

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Manage nutrients precisely

December 16th, 2014|0 Comments

There are both environmental and economic advantages to matching fertilizer applications to the trees’ needs.

  • When to apply nitrogen in spring

Update your fertilizer strategies

December 15th, 2014|1 Comment

When you’re ­fertilizing trees, visualize their root systems.

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Changing of the guard at Summit

December 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Wally Heuser’s nursery and variety management companies have new owners.

Online DAS aids with pest decisions

December 11th, 2014|0 Comments

Fees will allow WSU’s Internet-based Decision Aid System to introduce new, cool features.

  • Jose Martinez, latino award winner 2014

Sweet Rosa Lynn

December 11th, 2014|0 Comments

José Ramirez’s daughter is named after apple named after his wife.

Full meal deal

December 9th, 2014|1 Comment

Seed meal may be more expensive than fumigation, but it has additional benefits.

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New replant disease treatment

December 9th, 2014|4 Comments

Seed meal treatments outperform fumigation.

  • Craig OíBrien and Mike OíBrien at C&M Orchards. Growers of the Year 2014.

Who will pick the fruit? : 2014 Growers of the Year

December 4th, 2014|0 Comments

Craig O’Brien designs his orchards to be attractive to workers.

  • Craig OíBrien and Mike OíBrien at C&M Orchards. Growers of the Year 2014.

Collaborative approach: 2014 Growers of the Year

December 3rd, 2014|0 Comments

O’Brien brothers are known for their innovation and collaboration.

  • Craig OíBrien and Mike OíBrien at C&M Orchards. Growers of the Year 2014.

Change is guaranteed: 2014 Growers of the Year

December 3rd, 2014|0 Comments

O’Briens say innovation is the key to survival on a family farm.

Vineyard, winery tour in southern France

December 1st, 2014|0 Comments

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Washington State University’s Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling is leading a 12-day springtime tour in southern France to visit some of the most celebrated regions of the

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Quiet innovators – 2014 Growers of the Year

December 1st, 2014|2 Comments

Brothers Craig and Mike O’Brien have been testing the limits of tree density in an effort to maximize yields and stay competitive. Their innovative and inspiring approach has earned them the title of Good Fruit Growers of the Year.

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Distinguished Service Award: Harold Thome

November 28th, 2014|1 Comment

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Harold Thome is old enough to remember his dad packing apples into barrels for shipment to Chicago 200 miles away.

But remembering doesn’t make him nostalgic

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Sweet Rosa Lynn

November 28th, 2014|1 Comment

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The new apple variety Rosa Lynn is named after the wives of the two people who discovered it in an orchard at Royal City, Washington.

In

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Latino Leadership Award 2014: José Ramirez

November 28th, 2014|1 Comment

His philosophy has always been that you can’t wait for things to happen around you. You have to make them happen.

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2014 Silver Apple Award goes to Jerry Haak

November 28th, 2014|0 Comments

Jerry Haak had a passion for growing fruit and finding better ways to do it. He used cutting-edge techniques not only to increase his yields, but to produce higher quality fruit and use labor more efficiently.

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New tree fruit association will expand services

November 28th, 2014|0 Comments

The new Washington Tree Fruit Association plans to expand its services to the industry, says President Jon DeVaney, who will be busy working on legislative affairs in the state capital of Olympia in the coming session.

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Growers’ advocate ends 42-year career

November 27th, 2014|0 Comments

During his four decades working at the Washington Growers Clearing House Association, Kirk Mayer saw the Washington apple crop grow from 25 million boxes to 140 million and availability of labor become an increasing concern.

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Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

November 26th, 2014|1 Comment

A shift from ladders to illuminated platforms allows pickers to work day or night.

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Sean Gilbert, Young Grower from Yakima, Washington

November 26th, 2014|0 Comments

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age / 34
crops / Apples, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines and wine grapes
title / General manager
business / Gilbert Orchards
education / Pomona College

What’s been your greatest

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Mylar machine moves fast

November 26th, 2014|1 Comment

Antonio Montoya invented a machine that takes most of the labor out of laying a reflective mulch.

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A tale of two harvesters

November 26th, 2014|0 Comments

Two ladderless apple harvest machines vie for grower approval. They are now for sale.

Organic fruit attracts customers

November 26th, 2014|0 Comments

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Steve Tennes, who operates the Country Mill orchard and farm market at Charlotte, Michigan, became convinced several years ago that there was a future in

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Good Point: That unwashed grape

November 26th, 2014|0 Comments

FSMA is another example of how a good idea (here, improved food safety for consumers) is forged into a federal law with little understanding by legislators of the complexities of the actual situation.

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Reopening of Chinese apple market is welcome news for growers

November 25th, 2014|0 Comments

Industry grateful as biggest apple crop ever prepares to ship.

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Daniel Symms, 1961-2014

November 16th, 2014|0 Comments

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Daniel Thomas Symms, great-grandson of the founder of Symms Fruit Ranch in Caldwell, Idaho, died from cancer on October 7. He was 52.

Symms grew up

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Growers sought for Piqa pears

November 16th, 2014|0 Comments

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The New Zealand company Prevar is looking for orchardists in North America who would like to grow new Piqa brand pear varieties developed in New

New organization to promote Australia’s horticulture industry

November 16th, 2014|0 Comments

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A new organization called Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited has been formed to replace Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) and undertake research and development and marketing efforts

Network promotes Prosser wines

November 16th, 2014|0 Comments

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A new organization called Prosser Wine Network was formed in Washington State last spring to promote Prosser wines. The new group, with more than 30

New EPA program focuses on pesticide drift reduction

November 16th, 2014|0 Comments

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The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program to encourage the use of safer pesticide application equipment to reduce exposure

Washington State University to develop genomic database

November 16th, 2014|0 Comments

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Washington State University has been awarded a five-year $2 million grant to build and maintain a national system for sharing digital plant genetic resources. It will be