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China boosts apple exports to U.S.
Associated Press
China boosts apple exports to U.S.
Washington apple producers have benefited from full varietal access to China, which is also stepping up its export game

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U.S. hops supply catches up to demand
U.S. hops supply catches up to demand
The U.S. hops industry has crossed the summit from too little supply to the start of too much as inventory is up for the second March in a row. Acreage and prices will start to decline next year, sources say.
Deep South freeze means fewer blueberries, peaches
Up to 80 percent of south Georgia’s blueberry crop and 85 percent of South Carolina’s peach crop are gone.
Western Innovator: Guarding plants against sneak attacks
Western Innovator: Guarding plants against sneak attacks
Cindy Cooper, plants services program manager at Washington State Department of Agriculture
Warm weather a concern for Alabama peach growers
An unusually mild winter and early arrival of springlike temperatures may be welcomed by north Alabamians, but they are a cause for concern for some area peach growers
French apples could be boon to tree fruit industry
When St. Paul Mountain Vineyards first wanted to grow French vinifera, or grape vines, in Henderson County, most thought it was likely doomed for failure
Apple commission plans to boost overseas promotions
Apple commission plans to boost overseas promotions
Reallocating dollars and encouraging shippers to use the Washington apple logo more overseas to build brand identity are two ways the Washington Apple Commission is trying to heighten promotions in an increasingly competitive global market.
Table grape options under study in Willamette Valley
Table grape options under study in Willamette Valley
Oregon is known for its wine grapes, but research at Oregon State University showed table grapes might have a place as well.
Gala prices fall as marketers struggle with huge crop
Gala prices fall as marketers struggle with huge crop
The crop shrinks. Prices drop. Washington apple marketers continue to deal with selling their second largest crop amid a strong national crop year.
Central California grape grower dies at 95
In 1973, Papagni built a state-of-the-art winery in Madera. It was the first valley winery to produce wine from its own specific grape varieties.
Winter delays Washington fruit tree pruning, bloom
Winter delays Washington fruit tree pruning, bloom
Pruning, bloom and the start of cherry harvest are all being delayed this year in Central Washington because of prolonged winter weather compared to the two most recent years.

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