Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Growers of the Year

Featured stories about the Good Fruit Growers of the Year.

Click here to view a PDF version of this issue.

  • ferrarinicklastbiteygcal-48226tja-copy

Nick Ferrari, Young Grower from Linden, California

December 30th, 2016|1 Comment

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

family background/ Fourth-generation farmer in the San Joaquin Valley. Nick has volunteered with several young grower groups and is involved with converting older walnut orchards

  • Winegrape smoke study at WSU

How does smoke affect wine grapes?

December 30th, 2016|1 Comment

Researcher tests the effects of wildfire smoke on grapes and wine

  • growergroupschart2016

Industry groups lend plenty of opportunities for growers to get involved

December 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

In Washington’s tree fruit industry, three state commissions, four federal marketing orders, numerous nonprofit associations and a few advisory committees all intertwine to create a

  • Rob Blakey joins WSU

Finding the right people

December 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Orchards and packing houses aren’t the only places in the fruit industry with a labor shortage. Universities also are struggling to hire researchers and educators needed to keep the industry ahead of pest pressures, prepared for food safety requirements, growing new varieties and in tune with emerging technology.

  • dsc_0567

B.C. pest management strategies build on deep roots

December 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Traps throughout Fred Steele’s orchard in Kelowna are the first line of defense against a horde of new pests that growers in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley face.

  • Gizdich Ranch and Martinelli's

Coastal California apple growers hold on through relationship with Martinelli’s

December 28th, 2016|1 Comment

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

One hundred years ago, Watsonville, California, was one of the apple leaders of the world, shipping fruit around the globe, supporting dozens of local packing

  • Red Delicious apples in Washington

The GMO apple has arrived

December 27th, 2016|6 Comments

“It’s not going away,” says Neal Carter of Okanagan Specialty Fruit.

  • Head

Tracking fire blight

December 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

This past summer, a team of researchers armed with scissors walked through a North Central Washington apple orchard and did the unthinkable: They inoculated 1,600

  • cherry leaf spot

RosBREED, part II

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Consumers want great tasting fruit with few or no blemishes. Growers want that, too, but they also need fruit trees to be easier to grow

  • Marcus Robert at Tieton Cider Works

Robert: More cider apples are needed to meet soaring demand

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Why should anyone bother growing cider fruit?

Let’s start with what cider fruit is.

There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples in the world and most

  • 2014honeycrisp-010-copy

Cold-hardy apple variety draws interest for hard ciders

December 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Sometimes good things come in large packages.

For the owner of a small orchard in New England, that “good thing” came in the form of a

  • WSU-Unit_Social-Badge

WSU Extension plans 2017 winter tree fruit programs

December 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Tree fruit producers and industry professionals are invited to five WSU Tree Fruit Extension Programs in North Central Washington on Jan. 16, 17, 18, 19

  • Cherry Institute

2017 Cherry Institute will be held Jan. 20 — Pear, WSFC nominations at annual meetings

December 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

The 74th annual Cherry Institute is set for Jan. 20, 2017, at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, Washington.

The program, which begins at 8:30 a.m.,

  • Vineyard winter pruning

Hansen: Vineyard mechanization – Is grape quality impacted?

December 14th, 2016|3 Comments

New research has the potential to save wine grape growers millions in labor costs.

  • 2016 Hispanic Summer Fruit Tour

Sazo: Recruiting – and keeping – workers

December 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Even as growers plant high-density orchards that require significant labor to maintain, many still lack a reliable, skilled and committed horticultural team to fuel the

  • Head

Cosmic Crisp to be grown overseas: Hort Show Preview

December 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Some Washington producers are caught off guard by international propagation plans for WA 38.

  • bienvenidoimage-new-web-810x548

Introducing our Spanish website

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

I’m pleased to announce that Good Fruit Grower has launched a Spanish language website, www.goodfruit.com/es. There you’ll find translations of articles from past issues, new

  • Bill and Mark Zirkle, 2016 Growers of the Year

A succession story: 2016 Growers of the year

December 1st, 2016|1 Comment

Bill and Mark Zirkle credit teamwork for company’s growth and fruitful legacy.

  • Zirkle apple harvest in Mattawa and Gleed

Diversity wins: 2016 Growers of the year

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Blueberries, wine grapes are among Zirkle Fruit’s most recent endeavors.

  • Washington State University orchard netting field day

Orchards under cover: Hort Show Preview

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

In early study results, WSU researchers find multiple benefits to netting fruit trees.

  • mike-hulett-2-copy

Mega-trends in produce: Hort Show Preview

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Wal-Mart executive explains why growers are now serving "purposeful" consumers.

  • Head

Cosmic Crisp insights: Hort Show Preview

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Washington beefs up education ahead of plantings of new variety.

  • WSTFA annual meeting

Sessions engage Spanish speakers: Hort Show Preview

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Spanish presentation topics at WSTFA annual meeting range from pesticide handling to economics.

  • gartnerhypecycle

Tree fruit technology roadmap : Hort Show Preview

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

“Continuous Change,” the theme of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association 112th Annual Meeting, is a familiar challenge to the Washington tree fruit industry.

Every year

  • Rob Blakey joins WSU

Washington State hires tree fruit extension specialist

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Washington State University has hired Rob Blakey for an endowed position as tree fruit extension specialist in postharvest information and technology transfer.

Prior to coming to

  • Jesus Ramos at Cold Creek Vineyard

Jesus Ramos, Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

family background/ Jesus, son of Javier and Irma Ramos, is the first in his immediate family to attend high school and college. He earned an

  • center-produce-logo

Center for Produce Safety awards research grants

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

The Center for Produce Safety has awarded more than $2 million toward 10 new research projects directed at answering critical questions in specific areas for

  • Marisol Oviedo, regulatory information specialist for the Northwest Horticultural Council

Oviedo is new regulatory information specialist at NHC

November 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Marisol Oviedo is the new regulatory information specialist for the Northwest Horticultural Council.

Oviedo has a bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry from Heritage University.

She previously worked for

  • kate-prengaman

Prengaman joins Good Fruit Grower

November 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Kate Prengaman, an award-winning science writer, has been named associate editor of Good Fruit Grower.

A resident of Yakima, Washington, Prengaman earned a bachelor’s degree in