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Grower of the Year

Featured stories covering the Good Fruit Grower Grower of the Year in this issue.

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Computer vision systems can count apples and provide a new perspective on crop load

December 30th, 2017|0 Comments

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To the casual observer, the row after row of ripe, red apples on trellises looks so uniform, it’s hard to grasp how widely production can

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Yes, your spray nozzles need to be replaced on a regular basis.

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Nozzle nagging

  • The First Vineyard label

Nation’s oldest commercial winery back in operation in Kentucky

December 27th, 2017|1 Comment

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Years of research and a good helping of serendipity led to the exact location of the first commercial vineyard and winery in the United States,

  • New tree planting v-trellis system

Insurance beyond apples

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

A proposed tree policy could protect the investment in today’s orchards.

  • Cherry Lane Farms

Verification program lets growers show off their stewardship

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

A good sign for growers

  • Clean Plant Center Northwest

For plants, it’s not easy being clean

December 26th, 2017|0 Comments

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Starting a new orchard or vineyard with clean plants is the best way for growers to prevent virus problems, and demand for certified clean new

  • Cosmic Crisp harvest

Learning Cosmic lessons

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers offer the latest horticultural, packing tips for new Washington State University apple variety.

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Protecting intellectual property

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Managers of new Washington State University-bred apple variety use high-tech software to protect intellectual property rights.

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New idea for controlling crop load

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

New Zealand researchers studying artificial spur extinction to help with crop load management.

  • Irrigation water testing training

Feds extending FSMA sampling deadlines

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Water sampling rules will now start in 2022, rather than 2018.

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Register for the 75th annual Cherry Institute

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

The 75th annual Cherry Institute is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 12 at the Yakima Convention Center in central Washington. Also, nominations are wanted for marketing committees

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DeVaney: Expectations from Olympia

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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The political landscape may change in unknown ways in the Washington state capital in 2018, but we can make some general predictions about what issues

  • Bee delivery

Hive hauling worries

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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The federal government has granted truckers who haul live animals, including honeybees destined for tree fruit pollination duty, a 90-day reprieve from enforcement of electronic

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Preparing soil before planting is key to successful root growth

December 15th, 2017|1 Comment

Ground control

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How to give away fruit

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Donations are appreciated at food banks, but some homework and forethought are advised first.

  • Mike Omeg, Grower of the Year

An Oregon trailblazer: 2017 Grower of the year

November 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Curiosity, sharing and innovation drive Mike Omeg, a fifth-generation cherry grower.

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A grower with industry influence: 2017 Grower of the year

November 30th, 2017|1 Comment

Grower of the Year Mike Omeg has an impressive list of industry contributions and accomplishments.

  • Mike Omeg, Grower of the Year

Omeginsanity — ‘I was a little bit shocked’: 2017 Grower of the year

November 30th, 2017|0 Comments

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Mike Omeg does not know who started the jokes about his massive new trellises, but he has heard them. One has it that the poles

  • WSTFA annual meeting

Motivation, worker protection among topics for Spanish sessions: Annual Meeting Preview

November 28th, 2017|0 Comments

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A motivational speech and details about updated federal Worker Protection Standards are among topics slated for Spanish sessions at the Washington State Tree Fruit Association’s

  • Michael J. Swanson

With constant changes, how can growers adapt? Annual Meeting Preview

November 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Wells Fargo ag economist to give broad perspective — ‘upstream, downstream and sideways’ — at Washington annual meeting.