As the harvests of stone fruit in California are wrapping up, growers say the quality of the fruit is excellent but some varieties' yields are down. The picking of other summer fruit is ongoing.
Freshly picked peaches from Northern California are ready to be enjoyed. The harvests of stone fruit
Michigan's peach crop will be down about 50 percent from last year.
The Pacific Northwest pear crop is about 1.5 million boxes larger than forecast in May but still sma
The harvest of plums for prunes is under way in California. Growers anticipate a larger crop than la
Big apple crops in the United States and Europe will be challenged by Russia's boycott. Washington growers hope weather stays good for maximum quality.
The first vineyard in Idaho to be Low Input Viticulture and Enology certified could lead to more vineyards and wineries in the state seeking the industry standard that verifies they are using good stewardship practices.
The quake struck about six miles south of Napa and lasted 10 to 20 seconds depending on proximity to the epicenter, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Washington's red raspberry growers enjoyed high yields and high prices this year.
The Washington Farm Labor Association says it is able to get H-2A guestworker visas again to help Washington's apple and pear harvests after weeks of problems in getting visas from the U.S. State Department.
The harvest of early almond varieties is under way in California, and growers say the sizes and weights of some nuts are down. Drought, heat and disease pressure are seen as contributing to the troubles.
Oregon hazelnut growers could benefit from a freeze that damaged Turkey's crop, but international markets carry additional complications.
Visas through the federal H-2A guest worker program have been delayed by State Department computer problems.
The Washington apple industry is forecasting a record 140.2-million-box crop. A three-month harvest is just starting. Having enough pickers and enough good weather for harvest are concerns. So is disruption of markets because of Russia's ban.
The Washington Apple Commission has increased apple export promotions 15 percent to help sell this fall's crop, which is expected to be large.