Profits Expected For Grape Growers, Wineries

As our six-part Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly commodity snapshot series comes to a close, we wrap up with area wineries and cherries. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFC said the 12-month outlook anticipates profits for vineyards and slight profits for wineries. “Although crop size is below historical averages, low inventories and strong demand are […]

IFC Acquires Chelan Fruit

Washington-based Chelan Fruit Cooperative has been acquired by International Farming. The news comes just after grower, packer and shipper of apples, cherries and pears celebrated its 100th anniversary as a grower-owned cooperative. The vertically integrated tree fruit producer currently includes 1,100 acres of apple and cherry orchards and state-of-the-art packing facilities, controlled atmosphere and storage […]

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 […]

U.S., India Reach Agreement on Ag Trade

India and the United States agreed to expand trade between the nations on some agricultural products. Those include U.S. cherries, alfalfa, and distiller’s dried grains, as well as Indian mangoes, grapes, shrimp, and water buffalo. The two sides came together in the first U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum meeting in four years. The trade ministers also […]

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 […]

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 […]

Over 11M Boxes Of Cherries Have Been Shipped

Despite a rollercoaster of a year, the cherry harvest continues to progress for Northwest growers. As of Wednesday, 11,311,597 20-pound boxes have been shipped. According to Cherry Growers Northwest, the industry has shipped an average of 420,000 boxes per day for the past week to points around the world. The solid numbers are encouraging during […]

Northwest Cherry Harvest Starts To Pick Up Steam

After a fairly slow start thanks to cooler temperatures, the rate of the cherry harvest is starting to increase. According to Northwest Cherry Growers, 1.9 million boxes have been shipped. Quality and color remain “exceptional”, but sizing has been a challenge for some growers. The anticipation is the harvest volume will continue to increase in […]