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 […]

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, […]

Focus On Fruit for 06/17/21

How’s the stone fruit season progressing? B.J. Thurlby has the latest on apricots, peaches and more. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Did Recent Cold Damage Northwest Stone Fruit?

The recent cold temperatures we saw across the Northwest, what kind of damage should ag producers expect? “So as we move in to states like Washington and Oregon, for example, we have seen multiple freezes starting the middle to latter part of last week and continuing through the weekend and even in to the early […]

Impact Of SE Freeze On Peaches, Other Fruits

It wasn’t just the Pacific Northwest that experienced exceptionally cold temperatures recently. What were the impacts of the freezes that hit the southeastern U.S. on April 2nd and 3rd? “There has been some significant damage to the peach crop in South Carolina. We did see temperatures down in to the 20s in some of the […]

2020 Apple, Pear Production Up In Oregon; Washington Wine Grape Production Jumps

According to NASS apple production in Oregon is forecast at 180 million pounds, up 20% from 2019. While down 3% year over year, Washington’s apple production is forecast at 7.4 billion pounds. At 69% of the U.S. apple production, Washington still ranks #1 in apple production, despite this year’s decrease. Meanwhile Washington peach production, at […]

USDA: Most Fall Tree Fruit Production Up

When looking at the tree fruit industry, the USDA says there’s been a year over year increase in most of the fall time fruits.   “Apple production is going to be up 4% from a year ago, and it is driven by production increases that are expected from western states largely Washington and California,” said […]