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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.

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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

  • 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.

  • Plath organic orchard

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

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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

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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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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.

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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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Conquering Concords

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Study aims to help growers make juice grapes profitable.

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Switching to organic in the vineyard

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Welch’s grower shares costs and benefits involved with transitioning juice grapes.

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IFTA B.C. tour: Crafty choices

November 15th, 2018|2 Comments

How British Columbia’s apple industry looks to add value through cider.

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IFTA B.C. tour: A taste of history

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Okanagan growers share their deep roots during the International Fruit Tree Association summer tour.

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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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‘Be on the lookout for weeds that do not die’

November 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers in Canada watch for herbicide resistance as Ontario government issues memorandum warning.

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Oregon’s Pinot profusion

October 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Researcher works to determine if growers can increase yields without diminishing quality.

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Rise of the machines: Are you ready to mechanize? – Video

October 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Near-fully mechanized vineyards are leading the way to premium wine grapes.

  • Devyani Gupta, a young grower from Walla Walla

Devyani Isabel Gupta, a young grower in Walla Walla, Washington

October 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Devyani, a past recipient of the Walter J. Clore Scholarship, obtained a

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Lessons in doing the impossible

October 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Sunnyside vineyard’s conversion to drip irrigation and mechanical pruning lead to lessons at Viticulture Day.

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Is apple clearwing moth on the move?

October 17th, 2018|0 Comments

After infesting orchards in British Columbia, there are indications this pest may have already reached Washington state.

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Napa Valley faces watershed moment

October 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Woodland concerns behind vote to limit Napa vineyards.

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Himalayan aspirations

October 17th, 2018|1 Comment

Growers, government and World Bank investment drive modernization in India’s apple orchards.

  • British Columbia farms

After Ambrosia: ‘Where do we go from here?’

October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

B.C. apple growers looking for next variety after years of Ambrosia reliance.

  • 'Rave' (TM), 'First Kiss' (TM), MN #1955 apple from the University of Minnesota.

Variety Watch: An apple so nice, they named it twice

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers, inventors are hoping markets Rave about First Kiss.

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EverCrisp: A club for everyone

October 10th, 2018|1 Comment

EverCrisp apple’s open managed approach is getting enthusiastic marks from Midwest and Mid-Atlantic growers.

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Multileader makeover from old Red Delicious orchards

October 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Grafting old blocks trained to multileader systems brings high density without high replanting costs.

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2018 apple harvest by the numbers

October 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Industry looks into crystal ball for 2018 forecast around the globe.

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Making sure Cosmic comes out Crisp – Video

September 27th, 2018|1 Comment

Growers learn from other growers on tour of some of the first commercial WA 38 plantings.

  • Matt Duke, a young grower from Spokane, Washington

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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Hunting down a mysterious rot

September 26th, 2018|0 Comments

New apple disease may taint even pasteurized products, but where does it come from?

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New regulations over wine wastewater

September 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Reactions are mixed over new rule requiring many Washington state wineries to obtain a permit.

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Virginia is for wine lovers

September 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Vineyard acreage is expanding to keep up with state’s wine industry, now valued at $1.37 billion.

  • Interpera 10th World Pear Conference

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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A tale of two test plotters

September 12th, 2018|0 Comments

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

  • British Columbia farms

Cool cherry covers

September 12th, 2018|1 Comment

British Columbia growers using Mylar covers to help protect freshly picked cherries.

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IFTA B.C. tour: Some promising previews

September 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Summerland shows off a few of its up and coming cherry varieties at IFTA.

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IFTA B.C. tour: Light vision

September 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Researcher gauging use of spectrometer to aid in harvest decisions.

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IFTA B.C. tour: Lessons from Lake Country

September 4th, 2018|0 Comments

IFTA tour hosts share tips on growing cherries.

  • British Columbia farms

IFTA B.C. tour: Land of late and lucrative cherries – Video

August 30th, 2018|0 Comments

British Columbia growers double down to hit the late-season market.

  • Madeleine van Roechoudt

Madeleine van Roechoudt, a young grower from Lake Country, British Columbia

August 29th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/ Madeleine continues a multigenerational farm that began north of Kelowna in 1949. The