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Cherry growers make first crop prediction for 2018 season

Posted on May 11, 2018 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Cherry harvest should start in the first week of June this year, several days earlier than last year’s June 8 start. Read more.

Photo: Good Fruit Grower

Beating the labor blues

Posted on May 8, 2018 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Optical sorters are cutting labor costs for blueberry packing. Read more.

Photo: TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower

Not your grandparents' dairy: Washington operation shows scale of modern milk production

Posted on May 7, 2018 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Washington is the #10 dairy producer in the country with 480 dairy farms that collectively milk more than 200,000 cows. This is a great story about the successes and the challenges of Case VanderMeulen's Coulee Flats Dairy outside of Mesa. Read more.

Photo: Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review

Fruit tree rootstock takes time, money

Posted on May 4, 2018 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Washington’s leading nursery in fruit tree rootstock nears the end of a month of planting. When buds of apple, pear and cherry varieties are grafted onto them in August they will grow trees for orchard planting in spring of 2019. Read...

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Pest spotters

Posted on May 2, 2018 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Scout teams comb orchards for early signs of pests to help growers target their control methods more precisely. Read more.

Photo: Ross Courtney/Good Fruit Grower

From alpacas to poultry, agriculture census shows Washington's farming roots

Posted on April 30, 2018 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Did you know there are more cows than people in seven Washington counties? Or that Thurston county is the biggest alpaca-loving county with 2,348 of the fluffy creatures? Read more.

Why the "Dirty Dozen" doesn't mean what you think it means

Posted on April 27, 2018 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The bottom line is that our health benefits from eating adequate fruits and vegetables are most important — don’t let uncertainty about whether to buy organic or conventional scare you away from the produce department. Read more.

Refrigerating honey bees to fight mites, colony collapse

Posted on April 26, 2018 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Really interesting research out of Washington State University that could help improve honey bee colony health by improving management of the #1 honey bee pest: varroa mites. #pollinatorhealth Read more.

Photo by Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Research Service.

Asparagus farmers balance bigger yields, higher costs

Posted on April 24, 2018 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Based near Pasco, Larsen is one of roughly 45 to 60 farmers in Washington raising asparagus on a total of 4,000 to 4,500 acres. He is chairman of the Washington Asparagus Commission. Read more.

Washington Potato Commission Helps Farmers Get Better, More Nutritious Yields While Marketing Them Locally and Abroad

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Learn more about the great work the Washington Potato Commission is doing to support our potato growers! Potatoes are the #4 crop in the state. Read more.