Washington Ag Production Value Increases During Pandemic

The value of Washington agriculture production increased 7% last year to $10.2 billion. With a value of $2.10 billion last year, apples remain the state’s leading agricultural commodity.  That was a 7% jump from 2019 numbers.  Apples represented 21% of the total agricultural value in 2020. In the previous year, apple’s share of the total […]

Nursery Remains Tops In Oregon; Cherries, Hazelnuts New To The Top Ten

NASS is out with the top commodities for Oregon in 2020. The state’s greenhouse and nursery industry experienced a COVID-19 boon with value of production topping $1 billion for a second year in a row. Industry experts say the “stay home” orders boosted sales nationwide as more people took up gardening and landscaping. Coming in […]

Perry: Expectations For PNW Fruit Growers Mixed

As we hit the home stretch of our Northwest Farm Credit Services Quarterly Commodity Snapshot series, we take a look at the tree fruit industry. Bill Perry, Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services said they anticipate slightly profitable returns for local apple growers. “A modest sized crop [but larger than 2020’s crop], coupled with […]

National Apple Crop Expected To Be Larger

The national apple harvest is just getting underway, but it already appears that this year’s crop is a bit bigger than expected. USDA Research Economist, Jacklyn Kramer said while harvest will be up roughly 3% of this year, it will be a mixed bag for apple production by state. Washington is expecting a 7% increase […]

Focus On Fruit for 09/16/21

In today’s Focus On Fruit, Mark Powers President of the Northwest Horticultural Council talks about trade priorities for the local tree fruit industry. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

NASS: Many NW Fruit Growers Expecting Larger Crops

According to NASS, fruit growers across the Northwest anticipate a larger crop this year. Based on August 1st conditions, Oregon apple production is forecast at 190 million pounds, up 9% from 2020. Washington apple production is forecast at 7.40 billion pounds, up 7% from last year’s production. Washington ranks number one in apple production nationally, […]

Washington Apple Crop Expected To Be Larger Than 2020

The Washington state Tree Fruit Association released its 2021 fresh apple crop forecast Friday which calls for a crop of just under 125 million standard forty-pound boxes. If realized, this year’s crop would be 2.3% larger than 2020, but 7.2% smaller than 2019. For the third straight year, Gala will be the most numerous variety […]

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 […]