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 […]

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]

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 […]

Plum Pox Virus Decision Not An Easy One

Last week we told you the USDA declared the plum pox virus eradicated in the United States, which is great news for the stone fruit industry.  USDA Undersecretary Greg Ibach says the virus was first detected in 1999, and declaring it eradicated was not a hasty decision.   “We carried out a coordinated program that […]

USDA Declares United States Free from Plum Pox Virus

On Thursday, USDA declared the U.S. free of plum pox virus.  USDA undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs Greg Ibach made the declaration at a ceremony, saying the 20-year fight against the disease “is officially over.”   Ibach said USDA has eliminated the disease, protecting the $6.3 billion U.S. stone fruit industry.  USDA called plum […]

Winter Weather Cut Washington Apricot Crop In Half

That late blast of winter we saw that hit in February and March appears to have impacted the Washington apricot crop.  B.J. Thurlby told the Spokesman Review last week that those unseasonably cold temperatures cut production in half.  The president of the Washington State Fruit Commission says in a typical season, the state produces roughly […]