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Grapes

Featured stories from the Grower of the Year issue.

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Virus cloning may lead to leafroll control

December 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Cloning a destructive grapevine virus will help researchers understand it and, potentially, learn how to stop it.

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Growers need a plan for preventing workplace discrimination

December 27th, 2018|0 Comments

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Attorney Sarah Wixson was impressed with her client, a Washington grower, for already having complex systems in place for understanding food safety, water conservation, insurance

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WSU earns federal funds for grape and vineyard research

December 26th, 2018|1 Comment

Research projects supported by Washington’s wine industry help leverage $5.4 million in grants for WSU.

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New Everest Seedless grape is big and bold

December 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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Cornell University grape breeders have introduced a new table grape variety: the Everest Seedless. Like its namesake, the new grape is big and bold.

“Everest is

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California winery goes green in a big way

December 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Silver Oak’s Alexander Valley Winery is the first production winery to earn LEED Platinum certification, and they have LBC certification in sight.

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Food recall risks are rising

December 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Food industry consultant offers tips for preparing for an FDA inspection and preventing a recall.

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Six smart tips for better spray management

December 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Improve spray coverage, reduce drift and protect the environment with a small investment of time and money.

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Picking a harvest platform: Roundup of manufacturers’ top picks

December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers have many choices as manufacturers invest heavily in harvest platforms.

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Prototype picker: Apple Vacuum System tested (VIDEO)

December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Apple Vacuum System mounted on a Bandit Xpress platform may look strange, but orchard managers seem pleased with performance.

  • Davison Orchards agritourism

Grower yields profits with agritourism

December 13th, 2018|0 Comments

British Columbia orchard gambles on agritainment to preserve legacy for next generation.

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Young growers learning and growing together

December 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Field day and workshop events for early career industry professionals provide support and encouragement.

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Cosmic Crisp launch

December 11th, 2018|0 Comments

$10.7 million marketing campaign aims to put WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) on the map.

  • Bernardita Sallato and her prototype rootzone window.

Researchers share tips for Cosmic success

December 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers share a few nuggets from September WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) field days.

  • Flor Maldonado, a young grower from Tonasket, Washington

Flor Maldonado, a young grower from Tonasket, Washington

December 7th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Flor grew up on farms, since she was a small child, helping her family establish their own ranch in North Central Washington.

  • Green spot is seen on Cosmic Crisp apples

Cosmic conundrum: What’s causing these spots?

December 5th, 2018|0 Comments

WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) green spot disorder targeted by researchers.

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Growing unconventionally: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington Fruit and Produce Co. doesn’t do small. This year, the company’s first-ever certified organic harvest equaled close to 15 percent of their total overall

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Growing by the numbers: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

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Dan Plath farms by the data.

He frequently responds to this reporter’s questions about horticultural decisions with “based on our return-on-investment calculations…”

Everyone in the industry says

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Growing generations: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

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.

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Growing potential: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Funding education is a top priority for the Plath family.

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Fryhover: To boldly go

November 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington Apple Commission President Todd Fryhover says the path to marketing success starts with the apple.

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DeVaney: Reflections on 2018 …

November 29th, 2018|0 Comments

WSTFA President Jon DeVaney reflects on 2018 and looks ahead to the next year

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The frost fight – EXPO preview

November 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Researcher weighs in on heat, wind or water to fight frost.

  • Vikram Mansharamani (Courtesy Vikram Mansharamani)

To see opportunities, look at the world differently – Hort Show preview

November 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Keynote speaker at the WSTFA Annual Meeting says the future doesn’t have to surprise us.

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Helping the family that grows together to stay together – EXPO preview

November 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Featured speaker at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO will discuss strategies for family farm businesses.

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Call for committee nominations

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Pear, cherry and apricot growers and handlers can submit committee nominations at industry meetings in December and January.