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Small trees, big cherries?

Posted on May 25, 2018 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Limited release of MSU’s dwarfing rootstocks gives growers a chance to experiment. Read more.

Promoting native plants in vineyards

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Tests are underway to see how native plants can help prevent pests in vineyards by attracting beneficial insects. Read more.

Photo: Kate Prengaman/Good Fruit Grower

Rayapati named assistant dean, director for WSU

Posted on May 22, 2018 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

WSU grape virologist Naidu Rayapati has been named an assistant dean at the university’s Tri-Cities campus and the director of the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser. His expertise is the study of virus diseases in a variety of crops, with emphasis on wine grapes. Read more.

Photo: Washington State University

Setting Sticks

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

How often do you have a chance to see the grafting of apple trees in action? This article beautifully records step by step how it is done! Read more.

Photo: Andreana Gamache/Rooted

Meet WSU's New Cherry Breeder

Posted on May 16, 2018 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Meet Per McCord, Washington State University's new cherry breeder and hear about the top 3 goals for his first year. Read more.

Photo: Ross Courtney/Good Fruit Grower

Western Washington nurseries changing along with consumer preferences

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Western Washington is one of the nation’s biggest producers of landscape and nursery plants, generating more than $365 million in annual sales for an industry producing everything from acaena to zinnias. Read more.

Cherry growers make first crop prediction for 2018 season

Posted on May 11, 2018 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Cherry harvest should start in the first week of June this year, several days earlier than last year’s June 8 start. Read more.

Photo: Good Fruit Grower

Farm dream, but "how do you get onto land?"

Posted on May 9, 2018 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Multiple agencies help couple bring pastured-pork Alluvial Farm goals to reality. Read more.

Photo: Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune

Beating the labor blues

Posted on May 8, 2018 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Optical sorters are cutting labor costs for blueberry packing. Read more.

Photo: TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower

Not your grandparents' dairy: Washington operation shows scale of modern milk production

Posted on May 7, 2018 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Washington is the #10 dairy producer in the country with 480 dairy farms that collectively milk more than 200,000 cows. This is a great story about the successes and the challenges of Case VanderMeulen's Coulee Flats Dairy outside of Mesa. Read more.

Photo: Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review