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Phytoplasmas found in stone fruit

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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Washington cherry growers, by now, know the dangers of phytoplasmas that cause little cherry disease

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Spray researchers aim to catch their drift

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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Against the gray, late-autumn sky, it’s hard to miss the green plume spraying into the

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Steering the research on spray drift

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

UW researcher takes the wheel for drift data collection.

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Weather-related updates and cancellations

February 11th, 2019|0 Comments

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Good Fruit Grower will post the latest updates we receive for weather-related cancellations and rescheduled

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Highlights in the new Farm Bill

February 5th, 2019|0 Comments

2018 Farm Bill includes several provisions that affect the tree fruit industry.

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FSMA grower training offered in Eastern Washington Feb. 12, 13 and 20

February 5th, 2019|0 Comments

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The Washington State Tree Fruit Association will hold a Produce Safety Alliance grower training course

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Heart-healthy certification expanded for all varieties of USA Pears

January 24th, 2019|0 Comments

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Pear Bureau Northwest announced the expansion of the American Heart Association’s heart-healthy branding to all

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Advances in automation pump up pear packers

January 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Packing line improvements point to progress on pesky pear packing problems.

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A pick of packing house highlights

January 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Packing house highlights: Kershaw innovates old-school style, Washington Fruit stacks with robots and Columbia Fruit finds new vision with improved tunnel.

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New York viticulturist, climatologist earn Excellence in IPM Awards

January 18th, 2019|0 Comments

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Alice Wise, viticulture and research specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, and Keith

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Go with the flow for cold storage efficiency

January 17th, 2019|0 Comments

Considering airflow and efficient cold storage design helps protect fruit quality and lowers energy costs.

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Cosmic contribution to Clean Plant Center

January 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Using WA 38 graft wood fees, nursery institute donates funds for new growth chamber to Clean Plant Center Northwest.

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Peracetic acid shines in sanitizer study

January 15th, 2019|2 Comments

WSU researcher tinkers with sanitizers and best ways to use them.

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Good to Know: Wash and learn

January 14th, 2019|0 Comments

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It’s a fact of life: If you’re storing, holding or packing produce, you have a

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Registration open for the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention

January 10th, 2019|0 Comments

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The 2019 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention will be held Jan. 29 to 31 at

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Driver shortage could mean trouble down the road

January 10th, 2019|2 Comments

Agricultural trucking lobbyist updates apple industry on driver pool, legislative efforts.

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Women’s Farm to Food Business Competition now open

January 9th, 2019|0 Comments

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The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Foundation is offering a new business

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Pear industry pitches American-grown canned fruit

January 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Buyers urged to buy American because "Kids CAN taste the difference" between U.S. pears and imports

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Clean Plant Center exports mostly on hold

January 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Exports of clean tree fruit budwood on hold while center cleans up paperwork processes.

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Financial partners offer growers growing opportunities

January 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Orchardists, packers seek capital from outside investors to modernize and expand.

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Investment advice for orchardists

January 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Investment leaders and economists offer tips to consider before you bring on orchard investors.

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New tool helps growers budget for climate change

January 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

New web tool lets growers see projected climate impacts on their own farms to support long-term decision making.

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IFTA early registration extended to Jan. 7

December 31st, 2018|0 Comments

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You still have a few more days to get a deal on your registration for

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Carolina Torres named WSU’s first endowed chair in tree fruit postharvest systems

December 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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Carolina Torres has been named Washington State University’s first endowed chair in tree fruit postharvest

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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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Chelan Fruit announces new interim CEO

December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

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The Chelan Fruit Cooperative board of directors announced CEO Reggie Collins will transition from his

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Fresh Pear Committee nominations sought for Mid-Columbia district

December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

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Pear growers will elect nominees for positions on the Fresh Pear Committee (FPC) of Marketing

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Congress passes $867 billion Farm Bill

December 12th, 2018|0 Comments

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Today Congress passed an $867 billion Farm Bill with strong bipartisan support. The House of

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Tariff relief: USDA apple and pear purchases underway

December 11th, 2018|0 Comments

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The federal government has made its first round of fresh apple purchases as part of

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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

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WSTFA18: Postharvest problems

December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington State University Extension, in cooperation with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission and Good

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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.

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Great Lakes Farm EXPO: Wide range of fruit sessions

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Huge gathering of growers set for December in Michigan.

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Fire blight control featured at 2018 WSTFA Annual Meeting

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers to gather for December’s annual conference in Yakima, Washington.

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Gilbert: What you can – and can’t – control

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Deciding on a theme and topics for the WSTFA Annual Meeting.

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Congress holds fate of new trade deal to replace NAFTA

October 4th, 2018|0 Comments

While agreement calls for no tariffs on apples, pears and cherries between North American nations, Mexico’s separate 20 percent retaliatory tariff on U.S. apples could remain in place.

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Matt Duke, a young grower in Yakima, Washington

September 27th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/Matt is the first generation of his family to work in agriculture. He has

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A fruiting wall future

September 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers push forward in search for dwarfing rootstocks, high-density systems for pears.

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Position matters when picking pears

September 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Studies show pear’s place in the tree canopy plays a big role in maturity, postharvest storage.

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Good to Know: Funding pear projects

September 18th, 2018|0 Comments

A look at what’s ahead in Northwest pear research.

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A tale of two test plotters

September 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Oregon and Ohio growers share why they participate in test plots.

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Good Point: The time is ripe for pears

September 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Getting great tasting fruit into customers’ hands will bring them back for more.

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USDA shares details on relief program for apple and pear growers

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

U.S. apple and pear growers who may be harmed by ongoing international trade disputes will be able to apply for the federal government’s relief package beginning in October.

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Entomologist joins WSU’s Extension Center in Wenatchee

August 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Tobin Northfield will work to develop sustainable strategies to contain pests that threaten apple, pear, cherry and other fruit crops.

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New price for processed pears: $353 per ton

August 30th, 2018|0 Comments

The new price is lower than the $360 per ton paid last year due to lower prices from the food service sector and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and an influx of Chinese canned pears sold at lower than the cost of U.S. production.

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Tree fruit added to U.S. relief program for food impacted by trade disputes

August 28th, 2018|2 Comments

The Food Purchase and Distribution Program will buy up to $1.2 billion in food products “unfairly targeted by unjustified retaliation.”

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Northwest pear crop on track to be fourth-largest ever

August 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Now at 20.2 million boxes, crop estimate tops an early season prediction made in late June.

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MCP treatments can be tricky

July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

New study confirms numerous factors that go into successfully using MCP on pears.

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A bad blightmare of a year

July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Don’t stop cutting away fire blight after harvest, or a bad season will get worse.

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Pear Bureau Northwest hires regional marketing manager

June 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Pear Bureau Northwest hires regional marketing manager