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Sisters nurture legacy at family orchard
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Sisters nurture legacy at family orchard
The first fruit trees were planted in 1906 by the current owners’ great grandfather, who came to the area from Pennsylvania.

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Laser hazer keeps birds at bay in orchards
Laser hazer keeps birds at bay in orchards
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.
Forecast pushes Red Delicious out of top volume spot
Forecast pushes Red Delicious out of top volume spot
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.
Utah’s growing population could threaten cherry production
Parts of Utah now top the nation in population growth, according recent U.S. Census estimates.
Next steps in automated apple picking
Next steps in automated apple picking
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.
Washington Apple Commission signs import deal with Indonesia
Washington Apple Commission signs import deal with Indonesia
A Washington Apple Commission and Indonesian import agreement could be a precursor to Indonesian compliance with a WTO ruling and improved trade.
Western Innovator: Back to hazelnut fundamentals
Western Innovator: Back to hazelnut fundamentals
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H-2A usage in WA may increase 60 percent
H-2A usage in WA may increase 60 percent
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.
Saturated steam an organic weed killer
Saturated steam an organic weed killer
Researches at Oregon State University are looking at saturated steam as an option for organic berry farmers to control weeds.

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