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]

WSU Looking For Growers To Participate In Spotted Wing Drosophila Advisory Group

Washington State University is looking for cherry and blueberry growers, as well as consultants, to participate in an advisory group for spotted wing drosophila. There are multiple grants looking at area-wide, chemical, and parasitic control of SWD. The minimum commitment is to attend two annual meetings where information on new research is presented and industry feedback […]

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 […]

Newhouse: LCD Research Must Be A Priority For USDA

Earlier this month Dan Newhouse, chair of the Western Caucus, and G.T. Thompson, the House Ag Committee Republican leader, wrote a letter to USDA regarding Little Cherry Disease and the damage being done to the industry. Newhouse said during a recent trip to central Washington, the lawmakers spoke with tree fruit leaders about what growers […]

Newhouse, Thompson Ask For USDA Support Against LCD

Last week, Dan Newhouse, Chair of the Congressional Western Caucus, and G.T Thompson, House Ag Committee Republican Leader, wrote a letter to USDA concerning the spread of Little Cherry Disease and its impact on the sweet cherry industry across the U.S. The letter addressed to USDA Administrator Kevin Shea said, in part, “Over the last […]

Focus On Fruit for 07/22/21

Washington State University’s Tianna Dupont tell us about a new app developed between WSU and Oregon State University to help growers detect Little Cherry Disease. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]