Washington

Walla Walla vineyard focuses on sustainability

High on the hills of Washington’s Walla Walla Valley, Woodward Canyon Winery practices sustainable growing methods, using beneficial insects to guard against pests and a focus on soil health.  Woodward Canyon is the region’s second-oldest... more »

Pear Bureau: NW fresh crop in line with 5-year average

Pear Bureau Northwest’s (PBNW) first official estimate of the 2022-23 fresh pear crop for Washington and Oregon is 16.2 million standard box (averaging 44 pounds) equivalents, which is on par with the five-year average. Harvest... more »

USDA predicts slight growth in 2022 fresh, processing apple crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting the 2022 apple crop to increase 3% from 2021 production, despite an anticipated dip in Washington volume because of a wet, windy and colder than usual spring. New... more »

IFTA tour highlights Washington fruit tree production systems

The International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) summer tour provided participants insights into how growers can more efficiently grow apples, pears and cherries. This year, members of the Kennewick, Washington-based organization toured central and southeast Washington... more »

Northwest cherry crop down, but plenty to promote

The Northwest cherry crop is developing beautifully but slowly, according to Northwest Cherry Growers, which puts the season’s first production estimate at 150,468 tons (15.05 million 20-pound cartons). Volunteers surveyed almost 90% of the Northwest... more »

Arctic apple engineers welcome scrutiny, growers’ help

In a hotel conference room in eastern Washington, Okanagan Specialty Fruits employee Jessica Brady takes two apparently identical yellow apples – one in each hand – kneels, and smashes them into the ground. A thin... more »

Northwest pear crop expected to be large

Northwest pear growers are estimating their 2018-19 crop will be the fourth-largest in history. The estimate is based on data reported from Washington's Wenatchee and Yakima districts and Oregon's Mid-Columbia and Medford districts. The current estimate... more »

US tart cherry forecast up 48 percent

U.S. 2018 tart cherry production is forecast at 353 million pounds, up 48 percent from the 2017 production. Michigan tart cherry production in 2018 is forecast to be 264... more »

Tart cherry volume regulation proposed for 2017–18 crop

A proposed volume regulation for U.S. tart cherries produced during 2017-18 crop year would restrict the way the cherries can be marketed. The USDA’s proposed rule would be under the marketing order for tart cherries... more »

Washington wine industry surveyed about research priorities

The Washington State Wine Commission is asking wine grape growers and wineries to fill out a survey to help identify top research priorities for the statewide wine and grape research program. Feedback from the survey will be... more »

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