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U.S. apple crop forecast up slightly
U.S. apple crop forecast up slightly
The U.S. apple crop in 2017 will be up 2 percent from 2016, according to the first industry estimate that occurred June 27 in New York.

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Canning peach growers could benefit from later varieties, study finds
Canning peach growers could benefit from later varieties, study finds
A pair of University of California cost studies suggest that although canners pay more for early-harvested peaches, later varieties yield more fruit and cost less to thin.
Stemilt Basin land deal on hold
Stemilt Basin land deal on hold
The sale of Stemilt Basin land from one state agency to another remains on hold, but the Mathison family has the easement it needs to develop more high-elevation cherry orchard.
Colorado Company converts shredded trees to carbon product
Biochar Now products have won the acclaim of producers of specialty crops such as berries, vegetables, grapes and citrus.
Chinese trade mission gets a taste of the Northwest
Chinese trade mission gets a taste of the Northwest
As the buying power of China’s middle class expands, consumers are seeking the kind of healthy and high quality food and drink produced in the Pacific Northwest.
Tobacco virus found in Washington wine grapes
Tobacco virus found in Washington wine grapes
A Washington State University virologist says mystery vineyard virus is first discovery of Tobacco Ringspot Virus in the Pacific Northwest.
Oregon wineries, food processors oppose proposed work week limit
Oregon wineries, food processors oppose proposed work week limit
Oregon’s wineries and food processors oppose a bill that would limit work weeks to 72 hours, arguing it would hinder periods of peak production.
International pear group talks varieties, high-tech packing
International pear group talks varieties, high-tech packing
The Interpera Congress discussed pear varieties, high-tech pear sorting and sizing and related topics at a two-day meeting in a top pear region of the world, Washington’s Wenatchee Valley.
California sets cherry record; big Washington crop rolling
California sets cherry record; big Washington crop rolling
California has set a new record of 9.7 million 18-pound boxes of cherries in a season just ending. The Pacific Northwest is just starting and could top its 23.2 million 20-pound box record of 2014.
With contract signed, Sakuma CEO sees labor strife over
With contract signed, Sakuma CEO sees labor strife over
Union and Sakuma Brothers Farms moving forward with contract signed
Growers pin big hopes for Cosmic Crisp
Growers pin big hopes for Cosmic Crisp
Washington apple growers planted 630,000 new Cosmic Crisp apple trees this spring and will plant an estimated 10 million more over the next two years to revolutionize variety offerings of the nation’s largest apple producing state.

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