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Category: Crops

WSU taps Torres to improve tree fruit industry produce, profits

WENATCHEE — Carolina Torres, a horticulturist and Washington State University alumna, has been named the university’s first Endowed Chair in Tree Fruit Postharvest Systems, according to a press release from WSU. Torres will help Northwest tree fruit growers and packers bring their best produce to consumers more profitably and sustainably. Her position, based at the […]

Apple harvest smaller than expected

By CHERYL SCHWEIZER Staff Writer Crop estimated at about 117 million boxes for 2018 WENATCHEE — With a smaller crop than projected and high-quality fruit, 2018 is turning out to be a pretty good year for apples. The 2018 apple crop currently is estimated at 117.8 million boxes. (For those who don’t spend a lot […]

Farm Family of the Year: A shallow crop and deep roots at Thaemert Farms

By EMRY DINMAN, For the Basin Business Journal Sixty-two years ago, the Thaemerts couldn’t have imagined that their family farm would be in the position it is today. Their potatoes loom large over the Northwest market, their product is shipped across the country and world, and the Thaemerts were recently recognized by the Quincy Farmers […]

Cherries, and growers, caught in international trade war

ROYAL SLOPE — Cherry season 2018 is winding down; it looks like a big crop and a good quality crop – but while that’s important it’s not the most important thing about cherries right now. Quality and crop size are not the topic of conversation among growers, marketers and shippers. The question of the hour […]

New Season Northwest Fresh Pear Crop Estimate

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 8, 2017) – At the June 1st annual Pear Bureau Northwest meeting, Northwest pear growers compiled the first official 2017-18 fresh pear crop estimate for Washington and Oregon. Pear growers and producers from Washington’s Wenatchee and Yakima districts and Oregon’s Mid-Columbia and Medford districts estimated the fresh pear harvest at 17.6 million […]

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  • WSDA to hold "Ask the Expert" gypsy moth open houses January 17, 2019
    The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) invites community members to attend "Ask the Expert" open houses in areas where spring gypsy moth treatments have been proposed.
  • WSDA proposes spring treatment to protect Washington from gypsy moth December 19, 2018
    The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is proposing to treat several areas in Western Washington next spring to eradicate multiple introductions of gypsy moth, a non-native, invasive pest that can decimate the environment. The proposal calls for treating a total of about 1,700 acres of land at four sites, including one site where WSDA […]
  • WSDA issues 2018 dairy nutrient management grants November 2, 2018
    WSDA this week announced the recipients of eight water-quality project grants funded by fines issued to dairies for improper recordkeeping or manure management.
  • WSDA issues 2018 dairy nutrient management grants November 2, 2018
    The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) this week announced the recipients of eight water-quality project grants funded by fines issued to dairies for improper recordkeeping or manure management.
  • WSDA expands apple maggot quarantine into Methow Valley October 11, 2018
    WSDA is expanding the state`s apple maggot quarantine into parts of Okanogan County, in an effort to slow the spread of this invasive pest and protect commercial apple production.