Featured stories from the Grower of the Year issue.
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Virus cloning may lead to leafroll control
Cloning a destructive grapevine virus will help researchers understand it and, potentially, learn how to stop it.
Growers need a plan for preventing workplace discrimination
Workers harvest Early Robin cherries at Roy Farms in Moxee, Washington, in 2014.(TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower) Attorney Sarah Wixson was impressed with her client, a
WSU earns federal funds for grape and vineyard research
Research projects supported by Washington’s wine industry help leverage $5.4 million in grants for WSU.
New Everest Seedless grape is big and bold
Everest Seedless table grapes, developed by Cornell University's grape breeding program, are about twice the size of a traditional Concord grape. Seen here, Everest's
California winery goes green in a big way
Silver Oak’s Alexander Valley Winery is the first production winery to earn LEED Platinum certification, and they have LBC certification in sight.
Food recall risks are rising
Food industry consultant offers tips for preparing for an FDA inspection and preventing a recall.
Six smart tips for better spray management
Improve spray coverage, reduce drift and protect the environment with a small investment of time and money.
Picking a harvest platform: Roundup of manufacturers’ top picks
Growers have many choices as manufacturers invest heavily in harvest platforms.
Prototype picker: Apple Vacuum System tested — Video
Apple Vacuum System mounted on a Bandit Xpress platform may look strange, but orchard managers seem pleased with performance.
Grower yields profits with agritourism
British Columbia orchard gambles on agritainment to preserve legacy for next generation.
Young growers learning and growing together
Field day and workshop events for early career industry professionals provide support and encouragement.
Cosmic Crisp launch
$10.7 million marketing campaign aims to put WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) on the map.
Researchers share tips for Cosmic success
Researchers share a few nuggets from September WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) field days.
Flor Maldonado, a young grower from Tonasket, Washington
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwVo-6gUUPs family background / Flor grew up on farms, since she was a small child, helping her family establish their own ranch in North Central
Cosmic conundrum: What’s causing these spots?
WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) green spot disorder targeted by researchers.
Growing unconventionally: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year
A 5-acre wildflower garden along a canal easement is part of Nick Plath's organic pest control plan. The plants were specially chosen to attract
Growing by the numbers: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year
Dan Plath shows several forms of data management and crop estimation tools and spreadsheets at his office at Washington Fruit and Produce Co. headquarters
Growing generations: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year
Block by block, the Plath family has grown a company — and a reputation for quality — by focusing on every aspect of fruit production from tree to market.
Growing potential: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year
Funding education is a top priority for the Plath family.
Fryhover: To boldly go
Washington Apple Commission President Todd Fryhover says the path to marketing success starts with the apple.
DeVaney: Reflections on 2018 …
WSTFA President Jon DeVaney reflects on 2018 and looks ahead to the next year
The frost fight – EXPO preview
Researcher weighs in on heat, wind or water to fight frost.
To see opportunities, look at the world differently – Hort Show preview
Keynote speaker at the WSTFA Annual Meeting says the future doesn’t have to surprise us.
Helping the family that grows together to stay together – EXPO preview
Featured speaker at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO will discuss strategies for family farm businesses.
Call for committee nominations
Pear, cherry and apricot growers and handlers can submit committee nominations at industry meetings in December and January.