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 […]

Profits Expected For Both Nursery And Wine Sectors

As we continue with our Northwest Farm Credit Services Quarterly Commodity Snapshot series, we take a look today at the nursery and greenhouse industry as well as Northwest wine. NWFCS Vice President Bill Perry said slight profits are expected for both vineyards and wineries. “Although wine grape prices are increasing, reduced yields will limit growers’ […]

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, […]

UC Davis Researchers Find New Life For Wine Grape Residue

According to research from the University of California Davis, chardonnay wine grape pomace could potentially transition from waste to a useful tool for human health. Lead author, Amanda Sinrod, said this research is one of the first to investigate the potential bioactive compounds in Chardonnay marc, particularly, oligosaccharides and phenolics. “Both of them are known prebiotics, so they’re really […]

Students Create Wine To Help WSU V&E Program

Seniors in Washington State University’s wine science program rolled out an exclusive wine made available for purchase during April’s Private Barrel Auction. Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling, director of WSU’s Wine Science Center, said what makes this wine variety unique is that the students started with Petit Verdot as the main component, which provide a flavor and texture […]

Perry: Many Questions Remain For Pear Growers, Wine Industry

Today’s Northwest Farm Credit Services Quarterly Commodity Snapshot Series turns to pears as well as the wine industry. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS, said their 12 month profitability index sees pear growers breaking even. “Although pears are receiving more favorable pricing due to more manageable supplies and good quality fruit, growers yields were down.  […]

Wine Commission: Washington’s Harvest Smaller In 2020 But Quality Was High

According to the Washington state Wine Commission, the wine grape harvest was slightly smaller last year, but the quality was still high. The Commission’s annual Grape Production Report, compiled with information provided by all Washington State wineries, showed 178,500 tons of wine grapes were harvested in 2020, an 11% decrease compared to 2019. “The smaller […]