Pacific Northwest

Northwest pear crop estimate for 2020 pegged at 16.6M boxes

After careful evaluation, the pear industry is releasing the first official estimate of the 2020-21 fresh pear crop for Washington and Oregon. According to a news release, pear growers and producers from Washington's Wenatchee and... more »

Vancouver, Washington’s ‘Old Apple Tree’ dies at age 194

It's not often that you'll read an obituary for a tree. Or that a dead tree gets a memorial service of sorts. But then there aren't many like Vancouver, Washington's "Old Apple Tree." "In June,... more »

The role of dendrometers for irrigation management in apple

What is a dendrometer? How can we use this tool to improve the precision of irrigation management and fruit quality? Join Washington State University (WSU) Extension in a webinar designed to learn about dendrometers and... more »

116th Annual Meeting & NW Hort Expo going virtual

After much consideration, the Washington State Tree Fruit Association, North Central Washington Fieldmen’s Association and Yakima Pom Club have decided to move the 116th Annual Meeting and NW Hort Expo to a virtual platform for... more »

Washington Apple Education Foundation elects board members, renews officers

The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) held its quarterly meeting on Aug. 13.  It is the second time this year for WAEF directors to meet via video conference.  Elections of board members and officers had... more »

Major growth trajectory continues for CMI Orchards in Washington state

Furthering its commitment to being a one-stop-shop for retailers looking for premium apples, pears and cherries grown in Washington state, CMI Orchards LLC reports continued expansion for the company. Strategic partnerships with Yakima Fruit, as... more »

Washington apple harvest estimated to hold steady at 134M boxes

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association released its forecast for the 2020 Washington state fresh apple crop on Aug. 7. The 2020 forecast is for a crop of 134 million standard 40-pound boxes of fresh... more »

Decline in plant breeding programs could impact food security

Public plant breeding programs are declining across the United States. A team of scientists led by Kate Evans, a Washington State University horticulture professor who leads WSU’s pome fruit (apples and pears) breeding program, found... more »

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