Washington Apple Harvest Estimate Decreases By 5.3%

The Washington state Tree Fruit Association is out with an updated estimate of the 2021 fresh apple crop. Back in August, WSTFA estimated this year’s crop at 124.85 million standard forty pound boxes of fresh apples. The most recent harvest estimate puts this year’s crop at 118.255 million boxes, a decrease of 5.3%. “Apple harvest […]

Focus On Fruit for 09/30/21

Jon DeVanney, Executive Director of the Washington state Tree Fruit Association, talks about efforts this summer to keep workers safe during record heat. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

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 […]

DeVaney: Extreme Heat Has Had An Impact On Cherry Crop, Workers

While the exact numbers have yet to be determined, experts say the extreme heat the Northwest experienced to wrap up June will have an impact on this year’s fruit crop. Jon DeVaney Executive Director of the Washington state Tree Fruit Commission said dealing with triple digit temperatures this early in the summer is unusual. And […]

Focus On Fruit for 01/28/21

Jon DeVaney President of the Washington state Tree Fruit Association talks about how three years of retroactive overtime could impact growers across the region. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Ag Leaders Want Farmworkers To Have COVID-19 Vaccine Priority

Last week, a variety of leaders from across the Washington Ag community sent a letter to Governor Jay Inslee, asking that farm and factory food workers move closer to the front of the COVID-19 vaccine line. Saying those workers perform jobs that cannot be done remotely or delayed, leaders from the Washington Farm Bureau, Potato […]

Focus On Fruit for 08/06/20

Jon DeVaney with the Washington state Tree Fruit Association talks about the long-term impact coronavirus has had on the supply chain. If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Focus On Fruit for 07/23/20

What impact has coronavirus had on the ag labor picture? We asked that question of the Washington state Tree Fruit’s Jon DeVaney. If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Focus On Fruit for 07/02/20

Jon DeVaney, president of the Washington state Tree Fruit Association talks about how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted local growers. If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]