Cosmic Crisp Wins Good Housekeeping’s Health Snack Award

Congratulations to Washington State University, after the school’s WA 38 was nationally recognized as a healthy snack. Judges at Good Housekeeping named the Cosmic Crisp a Healthy Snack Award winner for the second summer in a row. Good Housekeeping’s registered dietitian evaluates hundreds of snacks every year to help families make nutritious choices. The apple […]

WSU: Thermal Sensors Could Prevent Apple Sunburns

Researchers at Washington State University have started a project to develop thermal sensors to prevent apple sunburn. WSU Associate professor, Lav Khot said this research will focus not only on the burn, but the heat stress that can lead to disorders while the apple is in storage. “We’re installing the sensors in the canopies’. We’re […]

Perry: Slight Profits Expected For Apple, Pear Growers

As we kick off our six part Northwest Farm Credit Services’ quarterly commodity snapshot series, we start with area tree fruit. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS, said their 12 month outlook calls for a slight profit in the apple industry. “Although low packouts have been the reality throughout the season, higher quality fruit coming […]

Focus On Fruit for 05/13/21

How is the local apple industry addressing an odd request made this year by India? Mark Powers takes a look. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

NASS: NW Fruit Production A Mixed Bag In 2020

For the Northwest fruit sector, 2020 was a mixed bag, with some producers reporting production drops, while others saw a bigger crop, and even a few records were repored. Apple production in Oregon in 2020 hit 174 million pounds, up 18% year over year. Value of those apples totaled $39.2 million, up 1% from 2019’s […]

Perry: Opportunities Exist For Apple, Cherry Growers In 2021

As our seven part series on Northwest Farm Credit Services’ Quarterly Commodity Snapshot Series continues, today we’ve reached the halfway point with apples and cherries. When it comes to apples, Bill Perry, Northwest Farm Credit Services Vice President said their 12 month outlook anticipates growers will break even. “Although prices are elevated for the current […]

When Dealing With Fire Blight, Orchardists Encouraged To Be Agile

With a buildup of fire blight in orchards across the region, Washington State University said there are several options from which orchardists can select. WSU Extension Specialist, Tianna DuPont, said growers need to manage based on risk. She noted young orchards and more susceptible varieties are going to require a more aggressive strategy. “For example, in organic […]

CWU Marks National Week Of the Farmworkers

National Week of the Farmworkers wrapped up March 31st. And to celebrate the occasion intended to bring attention to farmworkers and honor their contributions, Central Washington University held a forum in which students who come from farm working backgrounds could share some of their stories. Ramiro Casas, a freshman from Prosser, WA, said he’s worked […]

Perry: “Slightly Profitable Returns” Expected For Tree Fruit

As we move in to the back half of our Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly Market snapshot series, we turn our attention to apples and pears. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS, said they expect to see slightly profitable margins for local apple growers. “A smaller crop and solid demand should increase prices. However, several […]

WSDA Accepting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

The Washington State Department of Agriculture received $4.65 million in federal Specialty Crop Block Grant funds in 2020. Project Manager Leisa Schumaker said the funds are made available as part of the Farm Bill to increase the competitiveness and demand of Washington’s specialty crops. “So there’s a lot of ways that they do this such […]