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India pulls trigger on apple tariffs

June 18th, 2019|0 Comments

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After delaying for nearly a year, India this week slapped an extra tariff on U.S.

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Michigan apple shippers combine forces

June 18th, 2019|0 Comments

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Two Michigan apple shippers are joining forces on sales and marketing, BelleHarvest and Michigan Fresh

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Setting the course for future varieties – Video

June 13th, 2019|0 Comments

The stewards of Honeycrisp and Cosmic Crisp discuss how these varieties came to be and how the programs were shaped by their discoveries.

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Cosmic Crisp partners with Crunch Pak and Litehouse

June 6th, 2019|0 Comments

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Cosmic Crisp, the new apple variety developed by Washington State University as WA 38, will

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Michigan Tree Fruit Commission renews MSU infrastructure funding

June 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Michigan tree fruit growers vote again to put their own money toward the infrastructure at Michigan State University’s research orchards.

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The land grant mission

June 6th, 2019|0 Comments

As funding for higher education increasingly dries up, universities seek new ways to keep permanent crops growing and thriving.

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Matthew Hendrickson fills new staff position at USApple

June 5th, 2019|0 Comments

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The U.S. Apple Association announced in a news release that Matthew Hendrickson will join the

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Seneca closing pear processing plant

June 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Closure leaves Northwest with only two pear processing facilities.

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Good to Know: The disruption eruption

June 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission funding codling moth mating disruption for 30 years.

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Dininny: A new view

June 4th, 2019|0 Comments

With a change in leadership at Good Fruit Grower, our commitment to all of you remains steadfast.

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Erika Espinoza, a young grower from Tieton, Washington

June 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

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family background / Erika grew up in Washington’s Yakima Valley and was trained in business

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Taking apples in a new direction

May 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

Growers turn bi-ax tree system sideways for WA 38 plantings.

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Mexico lifts tariff on U.S. apples

May 20th, 2019|2 Comments

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Mexico announced today the lifting of a 20 percent tariff on U.S. apples, after the

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Washington’s drought worsens

May 20th, 2019|0 Comments

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A recent spell of rainy weather hasn’t helped much. Washington’s drought has officially gotten worse

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WSDA offering on-site airblast sprayer training through June

May 20th, 2019|0 Comments

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture is currently enrolling employers from the tree fruit industry

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Canadian nursery launches tissue culture lab

May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

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This week, Upper Canada Growers announced the opening of a new tissue culture laboratory in

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Michigan School for the Deaf awarded Apples4Ed grant

May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

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At a celebratory event on May 7, U.S. Apple Association awarded students at the Michigan

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Robert Kershaw, 1938-2019

May 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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Good Fruit Grower received the following announcement, dated May 13, about the passing of Domex

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Mission ahead for Washington researchers

May 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission celebrating 50 years driving industry innovation.

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Healthy strategies for smokey skies

May 14th, 2019|1 Comment

Keep your workers safe when pollution threatens.

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Reducing the risk of listeria: Video

May 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Food safety experts share strategies for monitoring and responding to ‘L. mono.’

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USDA proposes Fuji grading changes

May 9th, 2019|0 Comments

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed a change to apple grading standards.

Earlier this week,

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Working holidays a lifestyle for some ag workers

May 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Traveling, camping workers pitch in for British Columbia’s busy tree fruit season.

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More changes for BC Tree Fruits

May 8th, 2019|0 Comments

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British Columbia’s largest fruit company has purchased land on which to build a new packing

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Communication key to managing workplace complaints

May 6th, 2019|0 Comments

How grievance policies make for better workers and businesses.

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Easing restrictions for farmworker housing

May 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Federal ag housing loans now open to H-2A employers.

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Northwest farms sought for heat awareness project

May 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

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University of Washington and Washington State University researchers are looking for Northwest farms to help

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Seneca to close pear plant

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

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Seneca Foods is getting out of the processed pear business and will shutter its Sunnyside,

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Washington State Fruit Commission board meeting May 15

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

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The Washington State Fruit Commission board of directors meeting is scheduled Wednesday, May 15, at

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A gift of genetic diversity

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

University of Idaho turns donated Sandpoint orchard, retreat facility into organic educational center.

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On the road to tech

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Research commission says new technology roadmap will spur innovation and guide investment.

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DIY science in the orchard

April 30th, 2019|0 Comments

Extension educator shares tips for managing on-farm experiments.

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Arctic Fuji apple receives FDA approval

April 29th, 2019|0 Comments

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Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., based in Summerland, British Columbia, announced its newest genetically modified, nonbrowning

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Packaging options for Cosmic Crisp

April 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Universal packaging design will ensure consistent branding across the industry.

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Michael Mitterer, a young grower from Kastelbell, South Tyrol, Italy

April 28th, 2019|0 Comments

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family background / Michael grew up working at his family farm in the Alps in

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Mumps hits farmworkers

April 26th, 2019|0 Comments

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Health authorities have moved about 25 workers exposed to mumps into isolated houses in response

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Follow a map to find your soil needs

April 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Mapping soils to fertilize with variable rates has advantages.

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Grading on a Cosmic scale

April 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Industry committee sets grade standards for new WSU-bred apple variety slated for commercial release this year.

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Blue Bird plans to rebuild after fire

April 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Central Washington fruit packer Blue Bird to replace warehouse destroyed in early March fire.

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Cornell roots for Geneva rootstocks

April 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

During IFTA annual meeting, researchers urge local growers to give N.Y.-bred Geneva roots a try before settling for Bud.9.

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Deciphering designer rootstocks

April 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

More options mean more complex planting decisions.

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Mulch-in cherries

April 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers study benefits of applying mulch to mature Oregon cherry orchard.

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Calling out the codes in the trees

April 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Genetic research explores the underpinning of tree architecture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Appalachian Fruit Research Station.

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A window to the roots

April 17th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU scientist using rhizotrons, or root windows, to study the growth of trees underground.

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Not your usual graft

April 16th, 2019|0 Comments

New York grower experiments with beaver grafts, shares technique during IFTA tour.

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Kevin Kenoyer, a young grower from Cashmere, Washington

April 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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family background/Kevin is a fourth-generation grower who grew up in the Wenatchee River Valley. He

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Van den Ende: What are the problems with branches?

April 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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While there are many issues facing orchardists today, producing fruit of high quality at a

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A better start for nursery trees

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Research indicates container-grown nursery trees could be a better option.

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Grants promote pollinator habitat

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Program aims to improve habitat for native pollinators and beneficial insects.

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BC Tree Fruits hires CEO, CFO

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

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BC Tree Fruits, a grower cooperative that packs most of British Columbia’s apples, has permanently