Fruits

USDA projects 2019 apple production to rise 4%

The 2019 U.S. apple crop is up 4% compared with a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s first forecast. The 2019 crop – fresh and processing crops – is forecast at 10.6 billion... more »

NASS forecasts 2019 Northwest fruit production

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) on Aug. 12 released estimates for fruit production in the Pacific Northwest for the current season. NASS’ Olympia office detailed forecasts for Idaho, Oregon and Washington state. Fruit... more »

Washington blueberry grower fights late mandatory pay rate hike

One of Washington’s largest blueberry growers is threatening to cut short the 2019 harvest and replace human pickers with machines next year. That’s the company’s reaction to a recent mandatory pay rate increase for guest... more »

Aug. 21 webinar to explain Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act 

Because some crops, such as fresh fruit, are highly perishable, laws such as the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, or PACA, are in place to protect producers from unfair business practices. PACA was enacted in 1930... more »

New Jersey blueberry industry responds to food safety claims

On Aug. 8, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher issued the following statement in response to an article published Aug. 8 on  www.Inquirer.com, out of Philadelphia, about labor housing conditions at some New... more »

MSU Extension, media reports optimistic about Michigan blueberry harvest

Blueberry harvest continues in Michigan. According to a July 30 report from Michigan State University Extension Fruit Educator Mark Longstroth, growers were still harvesting Bluecrop and other early midseason varieties. Harvest of Jersey has begun. Hand-harvest crews... more »

2019 Washington apple harvest predicted to be 137.3 million boxes

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA) released its forecast for the 2019 Washington state fresh apple crop on Aug. 7. The 2019 forecast is for a fresh pack crop of 137.3 million standard forty-pound... more »

Northwest pear crop larger than initial estimate for 2019-20

Northwest pear growers have released their latest crop estimate for the 2019-20 season. The estimate is based on data reported from Washington's Wenatchee and Yakima districts and Oregon's Mid-Columbia and Medford districts. While the initial season... more »


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