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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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Biofungicide shows promise for cherry packers

January 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

First commercial use of natamycin in cherry packing last season reported successful.

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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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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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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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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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Michigan Spring Peach Update set for March 5

December 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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The annual Michigan Spring Peach Update is slated for March 5 at the Southwest Michigan

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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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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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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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The frost fight – EXPO preview

November 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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

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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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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 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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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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Taking on trellis with peach trees

July 11th, 2018|0 Comments

New innovations from Penn State promise increased yields, opportunity for mechanization.

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Study in quality controls will help manage peach mealiness

July 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Researcher examines effects of chilling, waxes and coatings on Ontario peaches.

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Too hot and cold in the Golden State

June 28th, 2018|3 Comments

Temperature tantrums abound for apricot, peach and cherry growers in California.

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Good to Know: Help for managing Oriental fruit moth

June 28th, 2018|0 Comments

OFM damage is on the rise in Washington orchards.

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Northern exposure

June 20th, 2018|0 Comments

See why Vineland apricots bred in Ontario are getting attention.

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Meet WSU’s new breeder — Video

May 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Per McCord assumes duties with Washington State University’s stone fruit program.

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Bruno Simpson, a young grower from Nelson, New Zealand

April 29th, 2018|0 Comments

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Yvette Jones, a young grower from Nelson, New Zealand

April 9th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Yvette grew up traveling around the globe with parents David and Fiona

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Peach rootstock trial tests options for size control

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers start with the roots to shrink trees.

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Finding success the cooperative way

January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

The fewer grower cooperatives packing fruit in the industry today still play crucial role.

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Want to get in on organics?

January 9th, 2018|2 Comments

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Transitioning tree fruit to organic production was the focus of a Washington State University NextGen

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Conner Sullivan, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

January 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Conner along with his cousin Clint Sullivan started their business after growing

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

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Nozzle nagging

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Verification program lets growers show off their stewardship

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

A good sign for growers

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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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How to give away fruit

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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

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Strong market for Michigan sweet cherries: GLExpo Day 2 wrap

December 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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There was good news and bad news for cherry growers at the second day of

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Cherry and apricot marketing boards to make nominations

October 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Nominations for grower and handler positions on the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee and Washington Apricot Marketing Committee will take place during industry meetings in January. The committees establish grade, size and pack regulations for fresh cherries and apricots from designated counties in Washington state.

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Stemilt will use virtual reality for tours at PMA show

October 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Those attending the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit will get a glimpse of Stemilt Growers without having to leave the conference.

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New version of UC Produce Facts app released

August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Postharvest Center at the University of California, Davis has released a new version of