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Machines take over for people at Napa vineyard
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Machines take over for people at Napa vineyard
Though labor shortages were the impetus, researchers have found ‘touchless vineyard’ also produces superior wine grapes.

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Willamette Valley farmers make switch to hazelnuts
Willamette Valley farmers make switch to hazelnuts
Mast-Roth Farms has planted 30 acres of hazelnuts annually for the past six years.
Hops compound may offset obesity’s risks
Hops compound may offset obesity’s risks
If developed, derivatives of xanthohumol may provide a new market for hops.
Stone fruits help drive Valicoff’s growth
Stone fruits help drive Valicoff’s growth
Apples are its largest commodity, but what sets Valicoff Fruit Co. apart from other Yakima Valley, Wash., growers is its commitment to stone fruit.
At Evans Fruit Co., it’s about family
At Evans Fruit Co., it’s about family
While family has been the linchpin for success over the years, Evans Fruit is equally committed to producing a superior product.
Apple school sows seed of success
Apple school sows seed of success
Chris Blanchard is one of dozens of students who have taken OSU cider courses, then went on to open their own cider houses in the Northwest and beyond.
Hazelnuts offer farmers diversification
Hazelnuts offer farmers diversification
Butler Farms adds tree nuts to their line-up of crops.
Adapting to change a constant for grower
Adapting to change a constant for grower
Thoeny Farms has converted most of its 390 acres from berries and vegetables to grass seed.
Prune orchards of the future may vary
Prune orchards of the future may vary
Soil type, tree spacing, rootstock selection and cropload management are among the factors that could determine how the prune orchard of the future performs, researchers say.
Hazelnuts become a family tradition
Hazelnuts become a family tradition
The Lehne family of Roseburg, Ore., is all about the popular Oregon tree nut.
Hops supplier looks to bright future
Hops supplier looks to bright future
The YCH HOPS brand was established in 2014, when Yakima Chief Inc. and Hopunion LLC joined forces.