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Hazelnut grower finds satisfaction in service
Hazelnut grower finds satisfaction in service

Giving back is important to longtime hazelnut grower Wayne Chambers, who has presided over his 145-acre orchard for the last 50 years with his wife, Joann.

From testing new hazelnut varieties for Oregon State University, his alma mater, to...

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Tiny pest a big worry for citrus growers
Tiny pest a big worry for citrus growers

In addition to the drought, something else has been on the minds of California citrus growers — a tiny insect that threatens the industry.

The four-year drought has been a challenge, said Kevin Severns, general manager of the Orange...

Walnut growers fend off fungal disease
Walnut growers fend off fungal disease

Wetter than normal winters have the potential to unleash a “sleeping giant” of a disease in walnut trees.

Themis Michailides, plant pathologist at the University of California-Davis is warning walnut growers that the canker disease...

Unique arrangement helps transition
Unique arrangement helps transition

WINSTON, Ore. — In recent years, John James had said several times he was ready to turn his fruit orchard over to somebody younger.

Loriena Hunt and Erin Saylor, who had picked fruit in the James Orchard since they were kids, thought...

Thomas Orchards benefit from unique location
Thomas Orchards benefit from unique location

KIMBERLY, Ore. — After driving for miles through reddish colored rocky canyons or along rivers with long narrow cattle pastures on either side of the waterways, to come around a corner and see an orchard in the middle of the remoteness is a bit...

Gebbers Farms: Growing fruit since 1900
Gebbers Farms: Growing fruit since 1900

BREWSTER, Wash. — One of the largest producers of cherries in the world and one of the top apple growers in the Northwest, Gebbers Farms is a multi-generation family business in north-central Washington.

Cass Gebbers, president, is one of...

In its fifth generation, Symms Fruit Ranch thrives
In its fifth generation, Symms Fruit Ranch thrives

This family orchard operation began in 1914 as an 80-acre homestead with 8 acres of fruit trees. It now grows more than 25 varieties of fruit on 5,200 acres, making it one of the top 100 fruit growers and packers in the U.S.

Sally Symms, vice...

Pheasant Orchards a fifth generation operation
Pheasant Orchards a fifth generation operation

This family-owned orchard between Soap Lake and Ephrata, Wash., is the result of generations of dedication.

“Three of us are fifth-generation orchardists,” says Darla Grubb, whose great-great-grandfather, James Pheasant, brought...

Quince: What’s old is new again
Quince: What’s old is new again

Buena Vista, Ore. — The ancient quince, native to Turkey and Asia Minor, has taken root in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

The hardy, tangy, softball-sized fruit that must be cooked to eat or process has been in the New World since...

New hops due from Corvallis programs
New hops due from Corvallis programs

CORVALLIS, Ore. — In the future, craft beers and macro brews will taste even better, thanks to two hop research programs based on the Oregon State University campus. Both programs are on the verge of releasing three new hops that could wind up...

Researcher investigates less labor-intensive cherry systems
Researcher investigates less labor-intensive cherry systems

An Oregon State University horticulturist is developing improved cherry varieties on rootstock in combination with training systems that reduce the size of the trees and thus require less labor.

Lynn Long, based in Wasco County, said the...