Diamond Fruit Growers, of Hood River, Ore., has invested in the first ever optical sorting line designed specifically for pears.
The first fruit trees were planted in 1906 by the current owners’ great grandfather, who came
Blossom Bluff Orchards, produces roughly 150 different varieties of organic tree fruit.
Participants can tour the university’s comprehensive project sites focused on apple irrigatio
Europe is projecting it’s largest apple crop which increases competition for Washington apples overseas in the coming year of sales.
A Wenatchee, Wash., tree fruit company, Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers, says lasers work well in protecting fruit from bird pecks. Also used for blueberries in Oregon.
After 83 years as No. 1 in volume, Red Delicious is expected to fall to Gala in the Washington apple harvest now starting. Honeycrisp and organics continue upward. Tariffs cause export worries.
Parts of Utah now top the nation in population growth, according recent U.S. Census estimates.
A Moses Lake, Wash., company, Automated Ag Systems, has teamed up with a Michigan firm to provide growers with what maybe the best harvest assist for apples shy of robotic pickers. Automated Ag also is working with an Israeli company on a robotic picker.
A Washington Apple Commission and Indonesian import agreement could be a precursor to Indonesian compliance with a WTO ruling and improved trade.
Usage of H-2A-visa foreign guestworkers may jump 60 percent this year in Washington state as growers say the availability of domestic labor continues to tighten.