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Producers may get a break from ‘drought to deluge’ weather
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Producers may get a break from ‘drought to deluge’ weather
A noted Southern Oregon viticulture climatologist says we should be headed to more normal weather patterns this year.

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Stemilt builds advanced fruit shipping, storage center
Stemilt builds advanced fruit shipping, storage center
A large Washington tree fruit company is building what is probably the largest and most advanced automated packed fruit storage and shipping facility in the state.
Vintners court Mexican buyers as U.S. wine export values soar
Vintners court Mexican buyers as U.S. wine export values soar
As the value of U.S. wine exports reached a record $1.62 billion in 2016, wine industry representatives are working to keep markets open in the wake of global uncertainty over U.S. trade policy.
Washington orchardists take pay muddle to lawmakers
Washington orchardists take pay muddle to lawmakers
Farmers seek legislative shelter from class-action lawsuits over back pay claims
Wine packaging competition getting keener
Wine packaging competition getting keener
One of the largest wine packing suppliers in North America says global competition continues to impact the business. There are 30 to 40 wine bottle suppliers west of the Rockies.
Apple Commission gets new members
Two apple growers won elections and have been appointed to the Washington Apple Commission by the director of the state Department of Agriculture.
Beekeeper develops ‘smart bee’ winter storage system
Beekeeper develops ‘smart bee’ winter storage system
Initial results of the “smart bee storage” facility show winter death loss at 6 to 7 percent.
Red Delicious prices dropping with two-thirds still unsold
Red Delicious prices dropping with two-thirds still unsold
It’s not the worst but not the best year in Washington apple prices as a large crop in the state and nationally and an abundance of Red Delicious and Gala hold prices down.
Apple truck plunges into Columbia River
Apple truck plunges into Columbia River
A second truckload of apples crashed into the Columbia River in Central Washington, Feb. 9, three days after a first one. They were 75 miles apart and unrelated.
A voice for the tree fruit industry
A voice for the tree fruit industry
Chris Schlect is retiring in March after more than 36 years as president of Northwest Horticultural Council in Yakima, Wash. He helped develop the council into a strong voice for the tree fruit industry on many issues at the national level.
Washington wine grape growers rebrand
Washington wine grape growers rebrand
Washington’s wine grape growers association renamed itself “Washington Winegrowers Association” at its annual convention.

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