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Grower of the Year 2015

Featured stories covering the Good Fruit Grower of the Year and annual convention previews in this issue.

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Nick Plath, a young grower from George, Washington

December 30th, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / George, Washington
age / 26
crops / Apples, cherries, and wine grapes
business / Washington Fruit and Produce Company
family background / Nick grew up in Yakima

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Benefits of the TPP

December 28th, 2015|3 Comments

Eliminating tariff rates on tree fruit is a trade policy objective of the Northwest Horticultural Council. TPP furthers this objective.

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New focus on grade standards

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Hort council aims for industry involvement to help monitor other nations’ quality metrics.

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Avoiding heat-related illness

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Study finds workers paid piece rate tend to work harder and take fewer breaks, increasing the risk of heat-related illness symptoms.

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WSU virologist retires

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Ken Eastwell will continue to work on little cherry disease after his retirement.

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Surviving as a small grower

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Sam Godwin has strategies for staying competitive.

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SugarBee causes a buzz

December 28th, 2015|6 Comments

The variety was developed in Minnesota from open-pollinated Honeycrisp.

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Stinkbug taint in wine

December 28th, 2015|1 Comment

Researchers studying BMSB in wine have found mixed results.

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Domesticating mason bees

December 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Mason bees are being propagated to supplement honeybees.

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The growing threat of black stem borer

December 22nd, 2015|1 Comment

Years after invading from Asia, the insect is emerging as an apple tree pest.

Warner: The never-ending story list

December 21st, 2015|2 Comments

Since joining the Good Fruit Grower staff, I’ve probably written close to 3,000 articles and my colleagues thousands more.

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Growers rebuild after plum pox

December 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Some Ontario growers have turned to wine grapes, while others are growing fresh stone fruit varieties.

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New York wine varietal debuts

December 17th, 2015|0 Comments

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Goose Watch Winery became the first in the nation to offer the new wine varietal Aromella, and it did so just a year after Cornell

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Cornell’s grape choices

December 17th, 2015|1 Comment

Historic breeding program takes the long road when it comes to new grapes.

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Learning about new grape clones

December 17th, 2015|0 Comments

National Grape Registry website contains useful information about wine grape clones.

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Protect vines from the cold

December 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Burying a spare cane provides insurance against very hard winters.

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How to grow WA 38

December 8th, 2015|0 Comments

The tip-bearing variety has pendant limbs.

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Stinkbug continues its spread

December 7th, 2015|3 Comments

Northwest growers should be on the lookout for brown marmorated stinkbug

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Hort program highlights food safety

December 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

Grant will help WSTFA provide training for new FDA regulations.

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Expo preview: Growers seek peach varieties that are hardier

December 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

Thoughts on new peaches to fill in gaps during the season

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Labor tops list of concerns for Grower of the Year

December 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Worker worries

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Grower of the Year learns more through industry involvement

December 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Learning from the board

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Fruitful fortitude: 2015 Grower of the Year

December 1st, 2015|1 Comment

After taking over the farm at 25, Brenton Roy grew a solid reputation one crop at a time.

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New ways of doing business: 2015 Grower of the Year

December 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Oasis Farms settles on V-trellis with arches, makes move to Geneva.

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Preview the 111th Washington Hort Show

November 17th, 2015|0 Comments

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It should come as no surprise that the biggest challenge for Western growers this year plays a starring role at the Washington State Tree Fruit

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Learn about Michigan’s Expo: Fruit variety showcase

November 16th, 2015|1 Comment

New and notable apples highlight of 2015 Great Lakes Expo.