Pacific Northwest

Forecast production of sweet, tart cherries forecasts down

Mother Nature’s quirks, including cold snaps, are blamed for forecasted decreases in U.S. production of tart and sweet cherry varieties. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) on June 11 released statistics for 2020 U.S.... more »

Extension leader Murray to direct WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center

Todd Murray, entomologist and Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program director, will become the next director of the Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center (REC) on July 1, 2020. A WSU alumnus bringing more than... more »

Machine harvest workshop for fresh market blueberries set for June 15

Oregon State University's Wei Yang will make an online presentation about using the over-the-row machine harvester for harvesting fresh market blueberries. With the challenges of harvesting labor and the ongoing pandemic, we face an unprecedented... more »

With accommodations, Oregon U-pick farms are opening for business

As berries begin to ripen, many of us anticipate the fresh sweetness of Oregon grown fruit and the opportunity to pick-our-own at local farms. Perhaps this year, even more than most, we are looking forward... more »

New WSU horticulture chair to focus on service and industry partnership

Amit Dhingra sees leading Washington State University’s Department of Horticulture as an opportunity to give back. “I’ve gotten a lot of support over the years from colleagues in this department and around the university,” said... more »

New COVID-19 requirements released for Washington agriculture

On May 28, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee released Proclamation 20-57, “Concerning the Health of Agricultural Workers” which provides required protections that must be in place by June 4. Full details of requirements can be found... more »

Ranier Fruit Co. anticipating Bee Better certification for organic blueberries

As summer approaches, and the upcoming Washington blueberry season nears first pick, Selah, Washington-based Rainier Fruit Co. announced its 100% organic blueberry operation is on track to earn the title of Bee Better Certified in... more »

Cross-country journey kick started award-winning wine student’s career

When then-18-year-old Andrew Gerow packed his car to drive from his home in Michigan to start at Washington State University (WSU) Tri-Cities, he knew what he wanted from his education. "I’ve always loved anything to... more »


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