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Idaho apple growers report bumper crop
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Idaho apple growers report bumper crop
With Idaho's apple harvest winding down, orchardists are reporting a bumper crop this year.

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Carlton fire victims file claims
Carlton fire victims file claims
Landowners who lost homes and property last summer in Washington's largest wildfire have filed claims against the state alleging negligence.
New guidelines aim to prevent bee die-offs
New guidelines aim to prevent bee die-offs
An industry group has suggested best-management practices to protect bees from pesticides during the almond blossom. Bee experts are lauding the effort, which follows a massive bee die-off at the end of the bloom earlier this year.
Apple Commission reps wary of GMO apples
Genetically modified Canadian apples may soon be approved by the USDA and Food and Drug Administration for production and sales in the U.S. Overseas promoters of Washington apples say that will make their jobs more difficult.
Mexico dumping claim may be next apple challenge
Mexico dumping claim may be next apple challenge
The Washington apple industry wants to sell more apples overseas because it's harvesting its largest crop on record. But it's been kicked out of China and Russia and now problems are brewing in Mexico, its No. 1 export market.
Mexican trucking pilot expires
A three-year pilot program of allowing Mexican trucks to deliver goods in the United States has expired and the Department of Transportation has not said what's next.
First Cosmic Crisp growers picked
First Cosmic Crisp growers picked
Washington State University has chosen the first growers to grow Washington's new Cosmic Crisp apple but they won't be planted until 2017.
As prices rise, Oregon hazelnut prospects soar
As prices rise, Oregon hazelnut prospects soar
Helped by Turkey's misfortune, the boom continues in Oregon's hazelnut orchards.
Apple crop looks even larger than expected
Apple crop looks even larger than expected
Washington's huge apple crop is getting even larger. The key to a good year-long season is keeping shipments moving even at somewhat lower prices, sources say.
Domestic apple consumption edges upward
Domestic apple consumption edges upward
U.S. apple consumption has been flat for year, but there's some indication that may improve. That would be good as the industry deals with a huge crop and loss of some overseas markets.
Washington farmers re-think labor-intensive crops
The productivity of apple workers is up because older orchards have been replaced with denser ones using trellis systems. Shorter ladders can be used, and some growers are using platforms to help workers pick more, said Jon DeVaney, president of the...