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2016 Outlook

Featured stories covering the 2016 outlook in this issue.

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  • Catherine Kiyokawa from Parkdale, Oregon

Catherine Kiyokawa, a Young Grower from Parkdale, Oregon

January 29th, 2016|2 Comments

Catherine is a fourth-generation farmer. Her grandfather, Mamoru Kiyokawa, started growing tree fruit on the farm. Catherine works closely with her father, Randy, and older brother Cameron.

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Are fall-blooming apples curiosity or concern?

January 28th, 2016|2 Comments

Growers can curb ill-timed blooms caused by weather patterns.

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Food safety research focuses on packing

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Scientists hope to reduce food safety risks in Washington apple packing houses.

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Gathering data for food safety

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Research will help inform the FDA and producers as the Food Safety Modernization Act is implemented.

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Getting the most out of Apogee

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Growth regulator should be applied as early in the season as possible.

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Enhancing fruit quality

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Many growth regulators are available for apples.

  • 2015 Washington State Viticulture Field Day

Table grape potential in Washington

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Table grapes grow well in eastern Washington and could be popular in niche markets.

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Elevating Idaho table grapes

January 14th, 2016|1 Comment

Researchers will study new varieties and canopy management for table grapes in the Gem State.

  • Del Feigal, 2015 Silver Apple Award winner

Innovation and inspiration: 2015 Silver Apple Award

January 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Del Feigal’s talents in the orchard are a valuable resource for other growers.

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Impact of imports

January 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Fresh apples, pears and sweet cherries hold their own for U.S. producers.

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Does it profit to grow for direct-market?

January 7th, 2016|1 Comment

Growers can sell for a higher price, but they also face higher overhead and labor costs.

  • Marcus Miller at Airfield Estates

Wine growth stays strong

January 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Acreage, production and prices continue to increase in Washington.

  • Julia Kock at Klipsun Vineyard

Big supply of juice grapes = low prices

January 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Juice grape prices are likely to remain flat this year, but 2017 could be brighter for growers.

  • 2015 Gala harvest

Strong start for 2015 apple crop

January 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Prices going up after Washington growers harvest third-largest crop ever.

  • Lindsey Morrison

Morrison: Lessons in leadership

January 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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