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A special supplement to the Daily Sun News and Sun News Shopper • March 19, 2013 NEWS ‘toDay’S local newS toDay’ DAILY SUN 2 - Daily Sun News Timing key to fight powdery mildew by Laura Gjovaag Valley Farmer - Spring Edition March 19, 2013 PROSSER – Michelle Moyer, viticulture specialist at WSU Extension, told attendees at the March grape fieldman’s breakfast at Café Villa in Prosser that they need to be concerned about the sexual habits of powdery mildew. “When it overwinters, it finds a partner, puts on a little Marvin Gaye music and reproduces little cleistothecia,” she joked, before describing how spores burrow into tiny crevasses in the bark of grape vines to wait for the perfect conditions in which to spread. Powdery mildew is not a new disease for grapevines, but it is a persistent one that develops over two years, so a year without preventative measures can result in an outbreak the next year. Moyer said the traditional way to deal with the fungus is by applying sulfur. But to get into the cracks in the bark that the spores are hidden in takes a lot of work and a lot of water. Fortunately, there are other methods to control and contain the mildew, some of which are being tested further by WSU Extension. One factor that’s been determined is the timing of preventative methods. “Powdery mildew is kind of a fair weather beast,” Moyer told the group, describing the ideal temperature as over 50 degrees but not too hot or sunny. A couple of recent years with ideal weather meant many area grape growers saw infections in their vineyards. Because the mildew easily dies in direct sunlight, it generally doesn’t spread very well across rows unless there is a strong wind. In addition, the spore needs to land on green and growing areas of the plant to latch on, so if the plant is past certain growing stages, it’s no longer susceptible to the mildew. Applying preventative measures before or when the weather is ideal and at times the plant is susceptible means the farmer can use less fungicide and doesn’t have to apply as frequently. “The methods for controlling this mildew were calendar-based 100 years ago,” said Moyer. “Then we moved to waiting for the right conditions. Now we know a combination of the two methods is more effective.” Moyer also mentioned that fungi like powdery mildew need to have a healthy host in order to thrive. “Humans are most susceptible when we are weak,” she said. “This is a different type of pathogen. It does not want a stressed plant. It’s very sensitive to the moods of the host.” This means that the fungus will prefer to attack a plant that is young and healthy. Moyer also told the group that WSU Extension has been working on a method of leaf removal combined with fungicide that is showing a lot of promise, but requires another year of testing before it can be announced. Moyer said that powdery mildew isn’t a new problem, but methods for dealing with it have advanced. “We’ve known how to deal with it for more than 100 years,” said Laura Gjovaag/Daily Sun News Michelle Moyer of WSU Extension lets grape growers know that an updated guide for pest management in grapes is available at the WSU Extension website at http://extension.wsu.edu. Moyer. “But our standards are higher now.” WSU Extension also has updated its pest management guide for grapes in Washington. 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Once users create an account and set up topic preferences, they can log back in at any time and change their information preferences. “We want to provide members of the irrigated agriculture industry with only the information they want, when and where they need it,” said Andy McGuire, a WSU Extension educator based in Grant County. “We want to get research results and other information out as quickly as possible to those that use it on a daily basis.” WSU Extension offers irrigation information service Valley Farmer - Spring Edition Daily Sun News - 3 McGuire says the program is also cost effective. “This system replaces an older print-based information-delivery system,” he explains. “That not only saves money, it expedites the delivery of specific information to specific audiences. Email gives users the ability to receive timely water-management information at home, in the office, or on a smart phone.” Alerts will be topic specific, McGuire said. For instance, WSU’s pest-monitoring team will quickly notify potato growers if crop-damaging insects have been spotted in potato fields. Water management is a key issue faced by all agricultural producers, McGuire said. Properly managing a precious resource potentially affects producers’ economic bottom line. Likewise, good irrigation practices help reduce dust in cities and reduce the loss of valuable soil. Did you know? Washington state is the ninth largest grower of crops in the U.S. Your Full Service Propane, Lubricants & Fuel Professionals Serving Yakima to the Tri-Cities Since 1964. Petroleum Division Manager Claude Zehnder Propane Supervisor Mark Baker bleyhl petroleum 940 E. 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Wavrin is also on the board of directors for the Northwest Dairy Association, which owns and operates Darigold. Participants in the program are Wavrin’s Sunny Dene Ranch LLC, DeRuyter Brothers Dairy, Skyridge Farms, deVries Family Dairy, Cow Palace and Sunnyside Dairy. The Dairy for Life idea was sparked last fall. “There was a pent up desire among dairy farm families to build on existing community service activities but until now there really wasn’t a mechanism in place,” explained Wavrin. “Dairy farmers are always thinking of ways to give back to the communities that have supported us. Often when I spoke with neighboring dairy farmers I found we were all looking for a concerted and ongoing effort in this regard.” The dairies came together late last year, and donations followed suit to allow free milk to start flowing to food banks in January of this year. Over the course of 2013, the dairies will commit $60,000 for the purchase of 25,000 gallons of milk to be distributed by Second Harvest. The total represents a year’s supply for those served by food banks. The non-profit is, in turn, getting the milk out to more than 50 food banks, including those in Sunnyside and Grandview. Cassie Hurley is Second Harvest’s development director for the TriCities, and she says many food banks lack sufficient refrigeration space to store large amounts of milk. As a result, her agency regularly distributes the donated milk – provided in gallon jugs - from a distribution center in Pasco. “Second Harvest is great at logistics,” said Wavrin. “They have cold warehouses in Pasco and Spokane and are able to distribute the fresh milk to the food banks.” This isn’t the first time dairies in John Fannin/Daily Sun News this area have partnered with food Dairy representatives Genny DeRuyter and Bill Wavrin display a small sample of their product for banks. 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Jon Wheeler is dairy manager for Sunnyside Dairy, and he says it’s an honor to serve the community in this way. “I think it’s great that we get to give back,” Wheeler says. “It’s a moral thing to do as a food provider and based on my faith.” The idea of sharing with the community was echoed by Wavrin’s brother, Sid. “Life’s been good to us and it’s good to give back.” Genny DeRuyter of DeRuyter Brothers Dairy pointed out that Dairy for Life will bless the Valley’s future. “We know there are a lot of children who go to school without nourishment,” she said. “This is a way we can help them and give back to the community.” With 2013 already a quarter of the way complete, dairy families are taking a big picture view of Dairy for Life. 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Tospoviruses also damage the quality of fruits and vegetables produced by their infected plants, said Naidu Rayapati, a researcher at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser and co-principal investigator on the U.S. Department of Agriculture grant. Before joining WSU in 2004, Rayapati worked with tospoviruses at the University of Georgia and at the nonprofit International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics headquartered in India. “We’d like to study how these viruses spread and contribute to the evolution of new strains,” Rayapati said. “For example, can a single insect acquire and transmit two viruses to the same plant simultaneously?” The project will focus on areas in California and the southeastern U.S. where thrips damage is most severe and causes major crop loss. Rayapati said the team is also interested in understanding how management techniques applied in one region might work in another. “As a team we are bringing different expertise to bear on a common problem,” he said. “We hope to generate appropriate knowledge of thrips and tospoviruses and come up with improved strategies that can really help provide management of thripstransmitted tospoviruses to multiple crops in different regions.” Rayapati is actively recruiting graduate students and undergraduate students, with an emphasis on students from minority communities in the Yakima valley, to begin work on the project for summer and fall 2013. “This project has an extension component in terms of working with the stakeholders to convey science-based information for practical applications, but what we are also focusing on is training the next generation of scientists,” he said. The grant is funded through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, with $670,000 allotted to WSU. The collaboration includes entomologists, plant pathologists, molecular breeders and extension faculty from University of photo courtesy WSU Thrips may be small insects, but they are part of a big research effort underway in Prosser. California Davis, Kansas State University, North Carolina State University, Cornell University, University of Georgia and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory. - Rachel Webber is with WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences Did you know? Washington state ports are the closest mainland U.S. ports to Asia. In fact, about twothirds of all Washington agricultural exports are destined for Asia. Ships can arrive up to two days sooner in key ports such as Tokyo and Busan. Airfreight can arrive in Beijing in less than 15 hours. 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Washivore. org says of the 39,000 farms in Washington, 95 percent are family-owned and operated. In addition to the balanced diets that farms across the state provide, Washington is the only state in the nation that commercially grows super foods like blueberries, blackberries, cranberries and Concord grapes. The state many call home is also the second-largest producer of premium wines in the United States, with more than 740 wineries and 350 wine grape growers. The state’s agricultural industry, worth $38 billion annually according to Washivore. org, contributes 12 percent to the state’s economy and employs 160,000 people. The agricultural industry is also the state’s largest employer. 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In other words, the end of California’s cherry growing season extended 22 days into the start of Washington’s. “The more overlap you get it tends to keep labor and prices down,” says Mike Gempler, executive director for the Washington Growers League. “There’s the need for cherry pickers and if there are a lot still in California they’re not up here,” he added. “That’s a big stressor. If the cherries are ready to be picked you have to pick them. They’re very perishable and you have to get them out to market.” Gempler says California’s cherry shipping season generally runs from mid-May to about midJune. Washington’s season starts in June and runs through August. The hope each year, he adds, is that California’s season finishes by July 4, which is prime time for Washington cherries. The issue isn’t that Washington and California overlap – it’s bound to happen given that one state ends DSN 2013 SPRING FARMER ISSUE * ½ page horizontal full color and the other starts in the same month – but it’s the duration of the overlap. That’s according to B.J. Thurlby, president of the Washington State Fruit Commission who, like Gempler, is based in Yakima. The 22-day overlap in 2012, for example, was nearly three times longer than the eight days just the year before. Thurlby said Washington state shipped a bumper crop of 19 million boxes of cherries in 2012, and California enjoyed its second all-time best total of 8.5 million boxes. Because of the extended shared shipping season last year, he notes California purchased less than half of the normal amount of cherries from this area in 2012, a total of 900,000 boxes compared to 2 million in 2011. He adds even with a long crossover season like 2012, there’s still room for optimism. “Pricing wasn’t bad last year, we just had to make sure we had significant promotions elsewhere in the world for our early growers,” Thurlby says. There are other positives for growers here in that he notes Washington cherries are often preferable to consumers. Thurlby says that’s because this state pro- photo courtesy WSU For more than three weeks last year, buyers had their choice of Washington and California cherries hitting the market at the same time. That overlap was nearly three times longer than that experienced in 2011. duces bigger fruit and delivers a standard box that weighs 20 lbs. compared to the 18 lb. boxes of cherries California ships. “There are good sugars in our cherry crop,” Thurlby says. 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This is no simple task and requires of the decision maker an in depth understanding of how each plant functions both individually and as part of a blend. “Only when that person knows exactly how these varieties and genotypes perform can he start putting them together in a systematic way,” he says. “Otherwise he is playing a guessing game.” A nutritional bonus For Fransen the advantages associated with matching the right grains to the right legumes don’t end at more tons of forage per acre. “Each plant contributes to an overall nutritional profile that is hard to beat,” he says adding that this is a classic case of the whole being greater than its individual parts. 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The text of the initiative describes genetically engineered food as being produced from an organism in which genetic material was changed either through in vitro nucleic acid techniques (altering the organism’s DNA by adding hereditary material prepared outside the organism) or by cell fusion where the donor cells are not within the same taxonomic family. Foods produced through mutagenesis, selective breeding or somaclonal variation (plants produced through tissue cultures) are not included in the definition. The “Yes on I-522” campaign argues that polls show most consumers want genetically modified foods to be labeled, that international trade of food grown in the United States is being threatened due to bans on genetically modified food in other countries and that agriculture resistant to herbicides have meant that more herbicides are applied to crops, potentially damaging soil. Opponents to the initiative argue that the label as required in the initiative doesn’t provide any useful information and amounts to being a scare tactic by implying something is wrong with the foods. It’s also been noted that having a Washington-state-only label will add an unreasonable burden on small- and medium-sized companies that would have to comply with the new law. In addition, United States consumers have been eating foods with genetically modified ingredients in them since 1996 with no documented cases of ill effects. Further, opponents of labeling note that consumers concerned about genetically modified foods can already select food that are certified organic, as that label prohibits genetic modification. A similar proposition in California went before voters in 2012 and lost. Initiative 522 is an initiative to the legislature, which means that if the legislature does not approve it in the current session it will go before voters in the next general election. ‑ Laura Gjovaag can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email LGjovaag@DailySunNews.com An initiative being considered in the Washington state legislature would require labeling to indicate if a food product contains genetically modified organisms. Proponents say it would give consumers more information while opponents say it is a scare tactic that implies something is wrong with the food. graphic by Job Wise/Daily Sun News Agent Ben Sartin 1112 Yakima Valley Hwy. Sunnyside, WA 98944 Farming. 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Labor shortage not due to low wages by Laura Gjovaag “It’s not that American workers don’t want to work hard,” said Dan Fazio, director of the Washington Farm Labor Association. “It’s just that they don’t want this kind of seasonal job that lasts only five months and doesn’t pay enough to support them for the rest of the year.” Fazio said the labor shortage in the agricultural areas of the state last year resulted in many farms taking advantage of the federal guest worker program. “You know there was a shortage when every application for guest workers was approved,” he said. “One of the requirements to prove the farms can’t find domestic workers is to advertise the jobs across the United States.” In addition, guest worker jobs have a higher minimum wage. This year the minimum is $12 an hour. “It really proves the need is desperate,” Fazio said. “Last year the minimum was $10.92, but it’s gone up because the prevailing wage being paid to agricultural workers has also gone up.” Fazio said the industry has consistently increased wages over the last five years by as much as 5 percent a year. “We have the stats to prove that wages in agriculture are going higher,” he said. Last year the state’s apple and cherry harvests used about 4,000 guest workers. Fazio expect that number to increase 10 to 20 percent this year. He said Americans would be willing to take the job if they could make enough to live on, or get ahead. He noted American workers who take dangerous fishing jobs in Alaska as an example. But while farm jobs don’t have a high enough wage for Americans, they appeal to Mexicans. “These workers (coming from Mexico) earn $10 a day at home,” Fazio said. “Here they can make $100 a day. They can work in America during the harvest season six or seven years and save up enough to buy their own farm back home.” The guest workers that he works with generally don’t plan on living in the United States. They just need money to live comfortably at home. Fazio also said that some sort of immigration reform is necessary. He estimated the number of farm workers not authorized to work in the United States to be 40 to 50 percent of seasonal workers. Even with those workers, farms have faced a shortage of labor. “Something will need to be done,” he said. ‑ Laura Gjovaag can be contacted at 509-8374500, or email LGjovaag@DailySunNews.com To plant or not to plant? That is the question the federal government hopes to find out in the weeks ahead. It’s all part of the USDA’s plan over the next few weeks to survey tens of thousands of growers about their planting intentions for 2013. The results of this survey will help all participants in the ag-related fields to determine what to expect this growing season after a drought-hampered 2012 season. “The information we collect from producers in March establishes a trend that we’re likely to see in the entire growing season,” said Bob Bass, National Operations Division director for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The service is conducting the survey, and Bass says it’s important to get a handle on what farmers are planning for 2013. “This year, after a weather-plagued 2012 season, it’s more important than ever to understand planting intentions for this year.” Most survey participants should have received their questionnaires in the mail by now. The USDA says trained interviewers will visit those who do not respond to answer any questions they may have and to help them fill out their survey forms. “These surveys require a pretty quick turnaround so that the information is as current as possible,” added Bass. “We also recognize that farmers have a very busy time ahead of them and we want to let them get back to the task at hand as soon as possible.” As with all of its surveys, The National Agricultural Statistics Service keeps all individual responses confidential. The published reports will include only national and state aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operations can be identified. - John Fannin can be reached at 837-4500 or at firstname.lastname@example.org Did you know? Washington state is number two in the country in production of apricots, asparagus, grapes, potatoes, green peas and corn for processing, onions and nectarines. 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A popular saying, speaking to the rich healthy powers of apples is, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Research has verified this statement and recent studies have linked apples and apple products to helping with everything from weight loss to different types of cancer, heart disease, type-2 diabetes and even asthma. “Fresh apples are a very healthy nutrition option, since they are low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol” said Nancy Hultberg, Chief Nursing Officer at Sunnyside Community Hospital. “In addition, they are a good source of Vitamin C and dietary fiber.” Dropping pounds The U.S. Apple Association says apples can also assist in weight loss. Studies show the im- pact of fruit intake on weight loss found that overweight women who ate the equivalent of three apples or pears each day lost more weight on a low-calorie diet than women who didn’t add fruit to their diet. In addition to lower blood pressure and a trimmer waistline, apple product consumers are also at a reduced risk of metabolic syndrome, which comes with a cluster of health issues related to diabetes and heart disease, according to apple health benefits facts listed by the US Apple Association. Peel and all The national association also notes apples for their antioxidants, and two thirds of the antioxidants are found in the apple’s peel. Antioxidants take on a role of maintaining good health in the human body. For more information on the nutrition facts and research findings of apples, visit www.usapple.org. ‑ Amber Schlenker can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email ASchlenker@DailySunNews.com Rod Smith/Daily Sun News Apples are said to have ample amounts of antioxidants and vitamin C. 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March 19, 2013 Valley Farmer - Spring Edition Daily Sun News - 15 State plans ag seminars Growers here in Washington state will have a one-stop opportunity to reach markets in Asia and Mexico thanks to a series of seminars planned next month by the state’s Department of Agriculture. The ag department, headed by Sunnysider and farmer Dan Newhouse, is bringing in buyers from China, Japan, Korea and Mexico in the hopes increasing agricultural exports to those countries. “Washington food and agricultural businesses not already exporting may be missing the boat—as well as the potential for reaching lucrative export markets in Asia and Mexico where consumers are hungry for agricultural products grown, raised or processed in the Evergreen State,” Newhouse said in a press release issued by his office. Two of the three 90-minute marketing seminars with will be held near Sunnyside. The first is in the Tri-Cities on Monday, April 15, and the second is Tuesday, April 16, in Yakima. The final seminar will be held in Seattle on Wednesday and Thursday, April 17 and 18. Based on the information exchanged in the consulting session, the Washington State Department of Agriculture will then work to organize meetings between foreign buyers and small ag businesses here in Washington. In September, these foreign buyers will then visit participating Washington firms, sample their products and explore new business partnerships. All of this is funded by a federal grant from the State Trade and Export Promotion program developed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. To register for these export seminars, contact Julie Johnson at jjohnson@agr. wa.gov or (360) 902-1940. Nutrition affects calf health and herd productivity for years Proper cow nutrition affects calf performance, health and survivability more than any other factor. That’s according to the LSU AgCenter, which notes problems are magnified in heifers if they are not properly supplemented. Here are some of the problems the AgCenter says can be encountered if cow nutrition is lacking during gestation of the calf. - Increased Dystocia Underfeeding Late-gestation cows can lead to more weak calves and stillbirths, mostly due to prolonged labor. Weak calves are more likely to get sick and die, and they have decreased performance. - Weak calves Birth weights of calves will decrease, as will brown fat storage (important for generating warmth). Both are important for calf vigor and survivability in the short term and reducing sickness and death rates in the long term. - Sick calves A decrease in calf birth weight and vigor increases the chances of calves not getting colostrum in time. To compound this, cows that are nutritionally deprived cannot produce good colostrum. Both of these problems lead to failure of passive transfer (FPT) in calves. Calves with FPT are more likely to get sick and die. Even if calves survive an illness, they do not grow as well as healthy calves. - Vaccine responses Having a scours problem and decided to vaccinate the cows prepartum to protect the calves? Cows can only respond to a vaccine if they have proper energy, protein and mineral levels in the diet. If a cow isn’t taking in enough protein to maintain her body condition, she can’t make antibodies, which are protein, and put them in her colostrum for her calf. Therefore, vaccinating cows to protect calves through colostrum will only work with proper cow nutrition. Calf vaccine response is also poor in calves that don’t get adequate colostrum. So even if vaccines are administered, calves will still get sick and possibly die. The outcome means fewer and lighter calves at weaning. - Infertility Females in poor body condition don’t breed back readily. Letting cows drop to body condition score of four instead of maintaining them at five can drop conception rates by 15 percent. 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A push-back has started against a label that was originally meant to help consumers find healthier food, but now has been diluted enough to make savvy consumers look closer. The organic movement The original goal of the organic movement was to produce food that is free of pesticides and other contaminants that may have a detrimental effect on the health of consumers. The movement for organic foods has been around for more than a century, ever since the introduction of synthetic fertilizers and the application of pesticides in increasingly industrial agricultural operations began to concern some farmers. With the publication of “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson in 1962, a general awareness of the potential dangers of pesticides began to create a demand for pesticide-free foods. By the 1980s consumer groups started to create certification programs for organic foods and pressured governments to do the same. In 1990 the Organic Foods Production Act began to establish what could be labeled as “certified organic” in the United States. However, critics say the rules have developed some glaring exceptions over the years. The national list of allowed and prohibited substances includes some items that those in the organic movement do not believe should be permitted, which has led to some dissatisfaction. The hops exemption One example used by critics of the USDA’s organic labeling program was the exclusion of hops from the requirements of organic farming. Beer made with hops grown with prohibited substances was still considered organic beer and could be labeled as such. The justification for the exemption of hops was that not enough different types of hops were being grown organically to meet the market demand. In Laura Gjovaag/Daily Sun News 2010 the committee that han- Organic produce must adhere to strict guidelines to be certified, but some exceptions in processed dles organic standards decided foods have led to concerns that the label is being diluted. to phase out the exception. As of Other critics note that smaller sumers, the demand for food that the beginning of 2013, hops are Cornucopia Institute in May of now required to be grown to the 2012 claims the USDA has “in- operations may have difficulty is raised responsibly will also regular organic standards in or- appropriately favored corporate obtaining the organic label de- grow. agribusiness over the interests of spite following a majority of der to be considered organic. ethical businesses, farmers and the rules and regulations. Such ‑ Laura Gjovaag can be contacted at Corporate organic operations also note that sustain- 509-837-4500, or email LGjovaag@ A paper released by the consumers.” ability is not a requirement under DailySunNews.com the USDA’s rules for organic production, nor are labor issues addressed. A sustainable future To satisfy consumers conAILY UN cerned by the perceived dilution of the organic label, other movements have developed that promote eating locally or sustainable farming practices. Whether or not consumers continue to trust and buy items labeled as certified organic depends on many factors, critics say, including future decisions by the USDA. But as concerns about the food supply chain – including worries about genetically modified organisms – grow among con- NEWS Salutes Our Local Farmers ‘TODAY’S LOCAL NEWS TODAY’ D S Did you know? In 2010, Washington exported more than $6.1 billion worth of food and agricultural products. Did you know? 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This builds on a similar measure voted on by apple and pear growers in 2011 to galvanize cooperation between the industry and WSU. “The close partnership between Washington’s tree fruit industry and Washington State University continues to be transformational,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “Working together for more than a century, we have helped to make Washington a world leader in tree fruit production. “The assessment by cherry and stone fruit growers, in combination with the $27 million investment in WSU made by apple and pear growers in 2011, helps to ensure that our partnership in progress continues for an even brighter future for our state,” he said. “We are extremely grateful for the industry’s confidence and investment in WSU.” State Department of Agriculture officials certified the election results Monday, Feb. 4. Separate ballots were mailed for cherries and stone fruit. The referendum was approved by 338 of the 565 ballots cast by cherry growers, a 59 percent approval rate, and 32 of the 47 ballots cast by stone fruit growers, a 68 percent approval rate. Cherry growers will be assessed $4 per ton and stone fruit growers $1 per ton. This investment comes at a time when the state’s $46 billion food and agriculture industry continues to increase its contribution to the state’s economy. Annually, the Washington tree fruit industry accounts for more than $7 billion of economic impact, with more than a third of that derived from exports. When cherry and stone fruit growers rejected a similar measure in 2011, many industry leaders felt it was imsee “Fruit growers” next page Irrigation pipe and power lines LOOK UP… & LIVE!! 1-800-221-6987 www.bentonrea.org play crucial roles on today’s farms. 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Jennie McGhan/Daily Sun News Fruit growers continued from page B-3 perative to try again. “The Board of the Washington State Fruit Commission voted unanimously to re-run the referendum, and we are thrilled growers affirmed the importance of this investment,” said Gip Redman, a cherry grower and chair of the commission. “Now the entire Washington tree fruit industry is involved in the efforts on our behalf at the WSU research and extension centers in Prosser and Wenatchee - efforts which keep our industries globally competitive.” Jim Doornink, chair of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, said approval of the special project assessment further cements a long-standing partnership between WSU and the state’s tree fruit industry. “This investment builds on the strategic road map outlined by the industry and WSU over a decade ago for all our commodities,” said Doornink, who raises cherries, apricots, peaches, pears and apples in the Yakima Valley. “That trajectory has continued according to plan with WSU’s strategic hires, the commission’s continued funding of priority projects, and now this industry-wide support to make our research and extension partnership with WSU unequivocally the best in the world.” “We compete in a global market, and this investment ensures we will continue to be leaders in innovation while maintaining economic prosperity for Washington growers,” said Jake Gutzwiler, a cherry grower and quality control manager for Stemilt Growers who added that research and innovation have always been at the heart of the Washington tree fruit industry’s success. Gutzwiler is also chair of the WSU Endowment Advisory Committee, which, along with WSU administrators and researchers, has been guiding decisions about how to direct funds from Washington apple and pear growers’ $27 million investment. “We’ve been developing a list of industry needs in terms of research and extension,” he said. “The challenge has been developing these needs for only apples and pears, when cherries and stone fruit are a significant part of our industry. “We just saw the hiring of Desmond Layne, a leader in the delivery of scientific information to producers through extension,” Gutzwiler said. “And with the recent hire of Stefano Musacchi, a worldrenowned pomologist (fruit scientist), the industry investment has already attracted two of the best scientists in the world to work right here in Washington. “With the additional $5 million investment by cherry and stone fruit growers, we can ensure these new positions represent the full Washington tree fruit industry,” he said. Dan Bernardo, vice president for agriculture and extension and dean of the WSU College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, agreed. “The full support of the tree fruit industry is a testament to three critical factors,” he said. “The first is the commitment and foresight of an extremely progressive industry. The second is the long history of quality contributions by our gifted and dedicated scientists and extension professionals at WSU who work tirelessly to serve the industry. And third is the trust and respect built between the two during a century-long partnership.” Bernardo said WSU has been making significant and strategic investments in all areas of tree fruit research and extension over the past decade. For the special project assessment, WSU is working closely with the industry-appointed Endowment Advisory Committee to ensure their dollars are directed where they will have the most impact. Bernardo will continue to work directly with the committee to ensure industryendowed programs perform at the highest level and produce results for the growers and shippers of Washington. Floyd announced WSU’s historic comprehensive fundraising effort - “The Campaign For Washington State University: Because the World Needs Big Ideas” - in December 2010. The tree fruit industry’s combined commitment of $32 million will be counted toward the campaign’s $1 billion goal. Donors, businesses and organizations have committed more than $758.1 million to the campaign to increase support for WSU’s students, faculty, research and extension programs and to leverage the university’s impact across the state, nation and world. - Brian Clark is with WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences 2361 Scoon Rd. 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The viticulture and enology program was designed to help meet the wine industry needs, as well as to provide Yakima Valley residents the opportunity to seek careers in the industry. Christa Leach is a current student in the enology program. She works in the laboratory in the program, but said she has a desire to seek a career in wine marketing. She is pursuing a degree in winery technology and will graduate this coming June. Those goals keep her motivated. “I feel that by going through this program I will be able to easily talk to clients about grape growing and winemaking,” she said. Ball said industry leaders have come to recognize the quality of the students and the educational programs available at the college. YVCC, he said, “…has developed partnerships in the wine industry, which helps the program grow.” Ball said it is through those partnerships that students are provided internship opportunities, and often times permanent job placements. Because the students are often high-caliber employees, the wineries for which they work are able to see first-hand what is offered at YVCC. That turns into more partnerships in the industry. With success comes growth. The program, said Ball, has grown exponentially. He said students have an opportunity to gain more hands-on opportunities. An on-site vineyard furthers those opportunities. There is a teaching winery and two incubator wineries, as well as many field trips to provide students a clear vision of the various job opportunities in the wine industry. The two incubator partners are Mark Wysling of Parejas Cellars and Kevin Cedergreen of Cedergreen Cellars. Ball said Parejas provides unique opportunities for the students participating in the viticulture and enology program because the wines created by Wysling are Spanish varietals. The teaching winery produces between six and eight varieties of wine each year, but the addition of Spanish varieties broadens the experience for the students. Ball said students help with fermenting, filtering and blending wines. The first graduates of the program earned their degrees in 2009. Since then, nearly 30 students have taken on jobs in the wine industry, according to Catherine Jones. She teaches some of the courses provided at the college and oversees the grant programs that make it possible to provide hybrid and online classes. “A lot of students work in the industry while continuing their education,” he said, noting community colleges provide a unique educational experience. They give students the opportunity to take the number of classes they can fit into their schedules while continuing to work. “The benefit to the students is that they can work and learn simultaneously,” said Ball. Currently, he said there are 35 students enrolled in the program. The students can focus on several different careers in the wine industry. Ball said the careers include marketing, farm management, viticulture technicians, laboratory technicians, assistant winemak- ers, cellar workers, cellar masters, tasting room attendants and tasting room managers. Classes provided by YVCC have increased by approximately 25 percent over the years. A grant from the National Science Foundation in 2010 has also allowed the program to become more “hybrid,” said Ball. He explained there are more courses available to students via online and classroom training. “That allows us to expand the offerings.” Leach has taken advantage of those offerings, stating she has taken winery compliance and fruit wine production courses that are 100 percent online. “The hybrid classes I have taken are essentials of winemaking, winemaking and advanced winemaking,” she said, adding a list of seven other hybrid courses to her transcript. She said she chose online classes over traditional instructor-led courses because of the convenience. “Online and hybrid classes were especially great to have in the fall when I was interning at Snoqualmie Winery. I am in the Navy Reserves so having online and hybrid classes means I don’t miss out when I have to participate in drill,” said Leach. She said her family, especially her husband, supports her efforts to earn a college degree. “They know I am working towards a degree that will help me be successful in life.” Leach said that support in addition to the ability to take courses that are flexible made it easier to focus when she was serving as an intern. “I knew I didn’t have to rush to get to class right after work,” said Leach, adding she can access recordings of any classes she misses or when she wants to review something that is talked about during a particular class. 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A team of scientists led by Washington State University’s Tom Spencer is turning to advanced genomics technology to address what has become a challenging issue facing the dairy industry. “Besides feed cost, infertility is one of the most costly issues for the dairy industry,” said Spencer, who holds the Baxter Endowed Chair in Beef Cattle Research in the Department of Animal Sciences at WSU. “In general, there has been a 1 percent per year decline in fertility.” An infertile animal has to be culled from the herd, he explained, leaving the producer with the expense of supporting the animal until infertility is confirmed, as well as the cost of replacing the animal. Barrier to competitiveness “Fertility is a complex polygenic trait, so it is harder to select for than other traits,” Spencer said. “If we can identify and isolate the multiple genes responsible for fertility, we may be able to tell earlier what cows are going to be fertile – maybe as early as at birth.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture has invested $3 million to help address cattle infertility, which is one of the biggest barriers to global competitiveness for American dairy farmers. The five-year grant, announced earlier this year, includes scientists from WSU, University of Idaho and University of Florida and components in research, outreach and teaching. The goal of the project is to increase the sustainability, profitability and international competitiveness of the U.S. dairy industry, Spencer said. “Our hypothesis is that dairy cow fertility can be increased through genetic selection for maternal fertility in heifers and cows and the use of sires with high daughter pregnancy rates,” he said. Identifying, isolating multiple genes The research component will begin by focusing on identifying genetic markers for fertility in dairy heifers and cows. Spencer and WSU animal scientist Holly Neibergs, as well as Joe Dalton from the Department of Animal and Veterinary Science at the University of Idaho, will work with select dairy producers in the Northwest to collect cattle DNA and blood samples and identify which genes are associated with fertility. 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Outreach to dairy farmers The outreach component has three parts and is led by Dalton. A team led by Albert DeVries, an economist in the University of Florida Department of Animal Sciences, will evaluate the efficiency and profitability of increasing fertility in dairy cattle using genetic selection tools. The results of that cost-benefit analysis will be available online and will include a worksheet to help dairy farmers determine if the new technology makes sense for their specific situations. Outreach also will include working with focus groups to better understand dairy farmer needs and to test the understanding of and the best way to describe genomics to the target audience. Dale Moore, director of veterinary medicine extension at WSU, will lead that part. The third part entails transferring the technology of improving fertility using genetic selection tools to dairy farmers, dairy farm personnel and their advisors – in both English and Spanish – using DAIReXNET and extension road shows. DAIReXNET is an online resource for the dairy industry. Dalton and Mirielle Chahine, also of the University of Idaho, will focus extension work on developing bilingual educational opportunities for current and prospective dairy employees. “Ultimately, the focus of our outreach component is to provide educational opportunities and tools to dairy producers, their employees and allied industry to increase fertility and the sustainability of dairy businesses,” Dalton said. 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The company, he said, manufactures more than 100 different products. “Our humic acid fertilizer is the primary product manufactured at the facility,” said Harwood, noting the company produces both organic and conventional fertilizers for agricultural use. Humic acid fertilizer was the first product manufactured by Aleman’s early venture and the company continues to grow. Olga Turnbull is the company’s international sales and marketing manager. She said the company produces approximately 2 million gallons of fertilizer each year and as many as 30 people are employed by Bio-Gro during the peak times. Harwood said “We market our products primarily in Washington, California and Wisconsin.” However, he said, Bio-Gro products are distributed in at least six other states, including Florida, Nebraska, Idaho, Oregon, Michigan and Arizona. “We are a wholesale operation,” said Harwood, noting the company has two warehouses from which the company’s fertilizer products are distributed, one in the Fresno, Calif. area and one in Grand Jennie McGhan/Daily Sun News Eric Harwood, research and development manager at Bio-Gro, stands beside a screening device that makes the company’s fertilizer more refined and liquified to keep fertigation lines from being plugged. Marsh, Wis. The company has been expanding its reach into international markets, as well. Harwood said Bio-Gro recently shipped products to Ireland. With the expansion Turnbull, a veteran employee, took on new responsibilities. Harwood said, “The company doesn’t compost plant or animal products.” He said its fertilizers are made from natural products like humigant, a bi-product of lignite coal. The company’s conventional fertilizers, said Harwood, are specifically formulated for different crops. The products are made for both soil and foliage application processes, depending on the needs of the grower. “Some crops we capitalize on include potatoes destined for potato chips in Wisconsin and Washington, as well as strawberries grown in California,” said Harwood. “We don’t produce nitrogen-based fertilizers,” he said, stating the humic acid fertilizers help plants absorb nutrients better. Harwood said the humic acid fertilizer increases nutrient availability, efficiency and retention. It helps stimulate and improve soil microbiology. Turnbull said Bio-Gro completes a soil analysis for growers to determine which of the company’s products will provide the best results. Harwood said the soil analysis is conducted at an outside lab, but the company has an in-house lab that ensures the integrity of Bio-Gro’s fertilizer products. In addition to contributing to the local economy, Harwood said Bio-Gro is focused on its philanthropy projects, as well. The company sends two cents for every gallon of fertilizer product sold to Africa. Those contributions funded the construction of an orphanage and now are being used to construct a greenhouse and other facilities like a chicken coop to help the see “Fertilizer company” next page Jennie McGhan/Daily Sun News Two cents for every gallon of Bio-Gro fertilizer sold is sent to Africa. The contributions funded the construction of an orphanage there. March 19, 2013 Valley Farmer - Spring Edition Daily Sun News - B-13 Jennie McGhan/Daily Sun News Employees of Mabton’s Bio-Gro are proud of the company’s support of local schools and an orphanage in Africa. Pictured are (front L-R) Debbie Wyatt, Trudy Thomas, Eric Harwood, Lori Emard and Olga Turnbull; (back L-R) Steve Blodgett, Don Thomas and Doug Sandvick. Fertilizer company continued from page B-12 orphanage to become self-sustaining. The company also supports local schools in the Lower Yakima Valley, according to Harwood. He said Aleman is very proud of all his company has been able to accomplish in this way. ‑ Jennie McGhan can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JMcGhan@DailySunNews.com Always… OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! 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Water’s fer fightin’.” While here in the Yakima Valley it may be more appropriate to say that milk is for drinking, water is definitely the source of great controversy and consternation. In the early 1970s, the water problem for the City of Sunnyside was treatment of wastewater. In order to alleviate capacity problems at the city’s wastewater treatment plant, the Port of Sunnyside built its Industrial Wastewater Treatment Facility. Routing wastewater from area’s food processing industries to the Port’s facility, rather than to the city’s municipal treatment plant, allowed the city to continue its population growth without having to add costly additional wastewater treatment capacity. In keeping with Sunnyside’s agricultural heritage, the Port of Sunnyside land applies treated industrial wastewater. Treatment Recycling... March 19, 2013 The Port of Sunnyside operates a state-of-the-art, ecologically sound, Industrial Waste Water Treatment Facility (IWWTF) permitted by the Washington State Department of Ecology. The Port serves sixteen food or food related industries, a steel fabricator and one pipe manufacturing plant. The Facility is located on approximately 550 acres including 3 treatment lagoons and 400 acres of sprayfields. In 2012, the Port received 42,845,100 cubic feet of water discharged from the industries (320,482,348 gallons). The 2012 breakdown is as follows: Darigold 60%, Valley Processing 10%, Independent Foods 15%, Johnson Foods and Johnson Cannery 8%. The balance of our influent, 7% came from Centennial Tank, DRR Fruit, LTI/ Milky Way, JM Eagle and Yakima Chief. of the wastewater discharged from the Sunnyside food processing industries begin in a series of aerated lagoons. Air is supplied to the water in these lagoons. This air aids microbes in the water to use contaminates as food. After flowing through the aerated lagoons, the water is stored in a forty-acre storage lagoon until it is sprinkled on alfalfa. The treatment of the water is completed by the soil/plant system, with most of the water being taken up by the vegetation. The Port of Sunnyside will continue to seek ways to attract new industry to the community, as well as to provide opportunities for expansion of our existing industries. As it considers options for furnishing additional low cost industrial wastewater treatment capacity, it will explore methods using the wastewater it receives to address other water issues the Lower Yakima Valley faces. The harvest is then cut and sold to local daries and beef cattle ranches. This process is referred to as “cradle to grave recycling.” 2640 E. Edison Ave., Suite 1 P.O. Box 329, Sunnyside, WA 98944 - (509) 839-7678 After the industrial waste water has been treated and processed, it is applied to 400 acres of alfalfa fields. Tours of the facility and sites may be arranged for interested parties by calling 839-7678 We would like to extend our gratitude to both the farmers and industries in our area for helping our community prosper. Arnold Lee Martin President Jim Grubenhoff Vice President Jeff Matson Secretary March 19, 2013 Valley Farmer - Spring Edition Daily Sun News - C-1 C section A special supplement to the Daily Sun News and Sun News Shopper • March 19, 2013 NEWS ‘today’S local newS today’ DAILY SUN C-2 - Daily Sun News Valley Farmer - Spring Edition March 19, 2013 Hybrid program provides additional learning opportunities for wine specialists by Jennie McGhan GRANDVIEW – Students participating in the Yakima Valley Community College viticulture and enology programs have greater opportunities to learn using what program director Trent Ball calls a hybrid program. The program integrates online coursework with hands-on classroom instruction. “Some lecture-based classes can be taught online,” Ball explained, stating the flexibility of the online classes provides students the opportunity to maximize their time on campus. Ball said the ability to integrate online courses with the traditional classroom work was made possible via a National Science Foundation grant. see “Hybrid program” next page Yakima Valley Community College Grandview campus offers what are called hybrid courses in viticulture and enology, giving students the ability to receive classroom instruction mixed with online instruction. Time in the classroom also provides an opportunity to interact with students on the Yakima campus as seen on the monitors in the background. 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Students still have labs, discussions and practical application work that must be completed on campus. However, there are discussion boards, videos and modules online to further the educational experience. Ball said many of Yakima Valley Community College’s students must balance their educational needs with work and family. In the fall, several of the viticulture and enology students serve as interns at area wineries. That, said Ball, can make it difficult to arrive on campus in a timely fashion. Online courses, said Ball, are taught in blocks lasting one week each. There are milestones that must be reached to achieve academic progress. With the online courses, a student can log in at specified times for the purpose of interacting with classmates. They can at other times log in at their convenience to view lectures via video. Ball said the model is considered student-centered because it places more control of the learning process in the hands of the student. He said it empowers the students, helping them to better retain the information learned. The students are more proactive, according to Ball. In the classroom, winemaking students work on hands-on activities like measuring titrations, filtration and bottling. The viticulture students are involved in learning pruning techniques, how to gather bud counts and canopy management. “The advantage of a hybrid program is that it allows students to use all facets of the brain,” said Ball, stating students are obtaining knowledge via auditory, visual and hands-on learning. Ball said the students are also better able to focus on the coursework during their down time, time when other responsibilities aren’t a distraction. ‑ Jennie McGhan can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JMcGhan@ DailySunNews.com Students taking online courses in viticulture and enology at Yakima Valley Community College also spend time in the classroom. 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STIHLde C-4 - Daily Sun News Valley Farmer - Spring Edition March 19, 2013 In it for the long haul WSU apple breeding program nears 20th year by John Fannin WENATCHEE – WA 2, WA 5, WA 38. They sound like names of secret agents, or maybe an odd Bingo game. But they are actually new breeds of apples produced by WSU’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, which is funded by growers and WSU. Getting the breeds to market requires upwards of 15 or even 18 years. That’s according to Dr. Kate Evans, an apple breeder at WSU’s Wenatchee center. “For the most part it’s on the longer side than on the shorter side,” Evans said of the time needed for apple breeding. She says the process all starts with cross pollinating two “parents” or apple breeds. “We end up with orchards full of several thousand unique seedlings,” Evans said. Apple breeding is so time consuming, she adds, because of the painstaking process to determine which one of the thousands of seedlings is the best prospect for initial development. Then there are additional phases where the chosen seedling is propagated, multiplied and refined year after year. Then there’s the time needed for that perfect seedling to mature and produce enough woody tissue to sup- port growth and, eventually, produce fruit. For example, WA 2 was the first apple created in Washington for Washington’s growing climate. WSU’s Wenatchee center started work on that new breed in 1994 but it didn’t get to growers – who call it Crimson Delicious – until 2009. In fact, the process takes so long that Dr. Bruce Barritt, who started WSU’s apple breeding program in Wenatchee, retired in 2008 before WA 2 came to fruition. Evans started working at the Wenatchee center in 2008, moving here from England, where she was also involved in apple breeding. She’s tickled to have been on board in time to see WA 2, the state’s first apple, go to market. “It’s very exciting,” Evans says. “For an industry of this size it’s about time the state had its own apple.” She says the apple breeding program started here because prior to that time there were no apple variesee “Long haul” next page Even sweeter, tarter and crisper than WA 2, WSU’s WA 38 may reach growers this year as part of the university’s apple breeding program. photo courtesy Dr. Bruce Barritt xers for Beef and Dairy EQUIPMENT 149 HP, 3+ yds. Bucket Capacity 65ZV-2 shown Rotomix/2005 Peterbilt 1355 TM USED MIXERS* *Partial inventory listing - please call or check our website for complete list of available used equipment! $79,000 Rotomix 455 455 Pull Type $19,900 $37,000 Rotomix/1996 International Truck 1355TM $55,000 Supreme International 900T 110 Factory Rd. 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And that’s important, she adds, because Washington state has prime growing conditions for apples. “We have very low humidity and that’s a big influence,” Evans said. “We don’t have the prevalence of diseases there are elsewhere.” While noting the risk for apples here is primarily sunburn from summer heat, she says the fall climate in Eastern Washington is perfect for apple growing. “In the fall when the apples are ripening we have a really good temperature difference between day and night and that helps them to ripen up nicely and color.” The result of apples bred for Washington’s conditions is WA 2 – a cross between Splendour and Gala with a firm, crisp sweet taste with a good amount of tartness – and WA 38 – a product of Honey Crisp and Enterprise apples that’s even more crisp sweet and tart. But not all of the apple breeds reach growers and markets. While WA 2 was released in 2009 and WA 38 will hopefully be released this year, WA 5 ended up being a no go. Evans says that’s because though WA 5 tasted and looked great, it did not fare well in storage. It’s been nearly 20 years since WSU started its apple breeding program, and Evans says its not resting on the good results with WA 2 and WA 5. In fact, she says the next breed or breeds of apples are already in the pipeline. 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The facility was constructed last year and opened to wineries during the October 2012 crush season, according to Cellar Master Erubiel Clara. There are two winemakers at the facility, David Forsythe and Frederique Spencer. Their combined 50 years experience in winemaking helps the facility produce a quality product, according to Operations Manager David Copeland. Copeland and Forsythe have experience working for Hogue Cellars and Mercer Estates. Spencer hails from France, but has been making wine in Washington for nearly 20 years. She said, “This facility is really unique.” Spencer said she has worked in cramped quarters, but the Zirkle Wine Co. facility is spacious and has the capacity to store 1.2 million gallons of wine. There are also plans to add more storage tanks at the facility. She is also proud of the company’s foresight and care of the grapes to be processed at the facility. The hoppers used for receiving Jennie McGhan/Daily Sun News Zirkle Wine Co. has storage tanks in its newly constructed grape crush facility to hold approximately 1.2 million gallons of wine. The tanks are different sizes for custom crush wines. the grapes are separated according to white and red grapes. They are also 18 feet above the ground level to allow a gravity fed conveyor system transport the grapes from the hopper to the crush facility. Enologist Becca Bailey said, “The process is gentler on the fruit.” Once the crushed grapes are in the storage tanks, said Clara, there is a system that removes the carbon dioxide from the tanks. Spencer said a vacuum is attached to the top of each tank during the fermentation process. She said another part of the system for red wines is the pump-over process used to keep the berry in contact with the juices, the “must,” for continuous extraction of tannins. “It’s like a coffee machine,” said Spencer, stating the juice is taken from the bottom of the storage tank and continually sprayed back into the top of the tank, giving the wine more color and tannins. “It’s very efficient,” she said. Clara said the facility is a custom crush facility, producing wines for various wineries in the area. Spencer said, “We follow the instructions from the client winemakers.” Bailey said each winemaker has his or her own protocols that must be followed by Zirkle Wine Co. “As the enologist, it’s my job to ensure the quality is maintained,” she said, stating each wine must be sampled and tested on a daily basis. For that, Zirkle Wine Co. has provided her a lab on site that is filled with the equipment needed to ensure the integrity of the product. Spencer said, “As a custom crush facility, Zirkle is trying to offer services like filtration, storage see “Zirkle expands” next page Jennie McGhan/Daily Sun News A state-of-the-art centrifuge is used at Zirkle Wine Co. Here, Cellar Manager Erubiel Clara and Winemaker Frederique Spencer talk about a request from a customer that wants to use the centrifugation process prior to fermentation. March 19, 2013 Valley Farmer - Spring Edition Daily Sun News - C-7 Zirkle expands continued from page C-6 and centrifugation.” She said the company is exploring the bulk wine market and last year made its own Riesling for that purpose. “That’s what is great about the wine industry…they are always trying something different.” Spencer continued, stating Zirkle has a customer that is interested in attempting the centrifugation process before the grapes are fermented. Typically, she said, centrifugation takes place after the fermentation process. Clara said Zirkle decided to venture out into the field of winemaking because the company currently owns approximately 3,000 acres of vineyards. Spencer said, “This allows the company to further its diversification…one of the challenges is each year training a new crew with little to no experience.” Clara said the permanent staff, however, met the challenge in 2012 and looks forward to a second season. ‑ Jennie McGhan can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JMcGhan@DailySunNews.com Jennie McGhan/Daily Sun News Samples from the custom crush wines being produced at Zirkle Wine Co. are taken each day to ensure quality. Zirkle Wine Co. Cellar Manager Erubiel Clara and Enologist Becca Bailey smell samples of wine made from pears and grapes before taste testing them. Jennie McGhan/Daily Sun News 1200 E. Lincoln • Sunnyside 837-5133 Replacing Windows In Your Business or Home is a Snap! Ask us about retro-fit windows WE DO MORE THAN BREAKAGE REPAIR! 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