Five-State Cherry Meeting Returns To In Person

After two years of virtual meetings and events, Northwest Cherry Growers will hold their annual five-state commission meeting in person on Wednesday May 18th at the Red Lion in Richland, WA. B.J. Thurlby, President of Northwest Cherry Growers said after two years on-line and the odd spring weather the PNW has seen, it will be […]

Focus On Fruit For 05/05/22

In today’s Focus On Fruit, B.J. Thurlby talks about marketing efforts for this year’s cherry crop. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

April Weather Delaying Cherry Estimate

According to Northwest Cherry Growers, the initial crop estimate expected out this week will be delayed because of the winter-like weather that hit the area in mid-April. Not only did many cherry growing regions see extremely cold weather last month, but several saw snow, forcing the delay of the initial crop estimate. According to NWCG […]

Focus On Fruit for 04/21/22

What impact did last week’s storm have on the local cherry crop? We turned to B.J. Thurlby to find out. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Thurlby: Snow May Delay Cherry Crop, No Extensive Damage Expected

The winter-like stormed that rolled across the Pacific Northwest Sunday and Monday not only brought unseasonably cold temperatures to the area, but extremely late season snow as well. Snow totals varied from a few inches on the Palouse, to 3”-8” in the Hood River area and as much as 12” around Medford. What impact could […]

Northwest Cherry Growers Continues Focus On New Markets, Expansion

Thanks to the pandemic, record heat and drought the last two years have been challenging for many growers across the Pacific Northwest. Add on top of that the bottlenecks we’ve seen at the west coast ports, making it more challenging to ship products. But one sector that hasn’t seen the big hit from the port […]

WSFC Set To Recap 2021, Look Ahead To 2022

The Washington State Fruit Commission’s Board of Directors quarterly meeting will take place December 1st. The gathering will focus not only on reviewing 2021, but looking at the year ahead. This year’s northwest cherry season saw a different landscape than volatile 2020. Around 30 million boxes shipped from the country’s western states, fueled by a […]

Thurlby: Growers Will Be Back With Great Fruit After Challenging 2021

When looking back on 2021, one of the most discussed topics was the record heat the Pacific Northwest saw in late June. The area saw temperatures well into the 110’s, but making matters worse for the cherry industry was the fact the heat came during the heart of harvest. B.J. Thurlby, president of Northwest Cherry […]

Cool Weather, Western X Held Back Washington’s Apricot Crop

As harvest continues for some varieties of peaches and nectarines, 2021 has proven to be a good year for the Washington stone fruit industry. However, one area that has struggled a bit is Washington apricots. B.J. Thurlby President of the Washington State Tree Fruit Commission said they expect harvest this year to be a bit […]