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January 26, 2012 • Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune

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Okanogan County

HORTICULTURE MEETING

January 31, 2012

Gold Digger Apples excited about growing volume By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor OROVILLE – A combination of new growers and new trees coming into production has led to a 30 percent growth in volume over last year at Gold Digger Apples in Oroville. “We’re excited about the increase and would like to grow another 30 percent in the future... that’s about the maximum volume to fit our capacity without adding more facilities,” said Gold Digger’s general manager Greg Moser. The grower’s cooperative specializes in serving the smaller, family-owned fruit growers and has recently seen an increase in local growers bringing their fruit back to the area to be packed by the cooperative. “One grower commented that he’d rather see his fruit helping to provide jobs in the local economy rather than in Wenatchee, and he saw great returns. It’s a win-win,” Moser said. “The growers have had very successful returns in the last two years and we look forward to that trend continuing. “Our main focus is being a family warehouse; we cater to small growers. We take care of our family by having an efficient staff that does an excellent job of getting maximum pack-outs while keeping the expenses down and maximizing the returns to the grower.” The state crop was projected to be between 102 and 104 million boxes last year, but actually came in at 110 million. “It’s kind of comical that a few years ago everyone worried that when the crop hit 100 million boxes no one would make any returns and now we are looking at crops of 110 million boxes and still getting successful returns,” said Gold Digger’s

Apples waiting to go to warehouse GM. “When I started 60-70 million boxes was a big crop. The industry has d on e a g ood job of developing the market and people are more health conscious... that’s one of the biggest things that has been in our favor.” Moser said diversification has also been a key in developing the market. Greg Moser “Growers are more diversified. It’s not just Reds and Goldens anymore,

the risk is spread out making it more profitable,” he said. “We are seeing Galas as the number one apple coming into production, as well as an increase in early Fujis and regular Fujis, with higher color.” Moser said there has also been an increase in Honey Crisp production, but they are hard apples to raise because they are susceptible to a bitter pit and soft scald. Honey Crisps can bring in $40-$50 a box, compared

to Reds and Galas at around $20 a box, however Reds and Galas have higher pack-outs, according to Moser. “Red Delicious are holding their own. Growers are putting in higher color new varieties that taste good,” Moser said. “The Midnights have higher color and good taste.” Last year the state also had the second largest cherry crop and Gold Digger’s growers had excellent returns, according to Moser. “The only setback was some late rainstorms that resulted in some splitting that reduced pack outs,” he said. Moser said growers are planting earlier varieties of cherries. “The trend historically is for us to begin picking cherries

Photos by Gary DeVon

Packing pears at Gold Digger around the fourth of July. We’d like to see the season start the third week of June and continue into the first week of August,” he said, adding that a couple of the new varieties being planted in the area are sweet cherries known as Black Pearl and Jolly Special. This year the state had one

150 each working and during cherry season there are 400 people working. “Counting those in the orchards during cherry harvest we have about 600 total,” Moser said. Getting the labor for the area is sometimes a challenge. “Last fall we had adequate

77th Okanogan County th Horticultural Association Annual Meeting January 31, 2012 Okanogan County Agriplex (County Fair Grounds, Omak)

Co-sponsored by: WSU Extension and Okanogan County Horticultural Association

9:00 - 9:30

Potential New Products for Fire Blight, and how to develop an integrated blight management program. Tim Smith, WSU Extension - Chelan, Douglas & Okanogan Counties

9:30 - 10:00 The Immigration Act of 2015- Can you survive until then? Dan Fazio, Washington Farm Labor Association

10:00 - 10:30 The Fruit Industry Investing in WSU - What happens next? Dr Jay Brunner, WSU TFREC, Wenatchee

10:30 - 11:00 Enhancing Biological Control in Your Orchard. Dr Jay Brunner, TFREC, Wenatchee

11:00 - 11:30 Sprayer Calibration - critical for efficient pest management. Kim Blagborn, Turbomist

11:30 - 11:50 Okanogan County Horticultural Association Business Meeting 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch and Trade Show + Elections and Nominations - Choosing your representatives. 1:00 - 1:35

Spotted Wing Drosophila - not so bad, or was 2011 just an odd season?

1:35 - 1:55

The Washington State DOE Burn Permit Program.

2:00 - 2:45

Management of weeds in the orchard, new options and suggestions to avoid development of herbicide resistance in common weeds.

Cherries arrive at Gold Digger in lugs its larger pear crops and Moser said that the fruit was of good size. “The best returns for pears were for those who had fruit size 90 and larger,” he said. “Pears continue to be strong in our area.” Gold Digger is one of the areas biggest employers and has 150 people that work for the warehouse year around. During apple and pear harvest the company has two shifts of

labor, but some growers needed pickers. As a family warehouse we were able to move pickers to other orchards. We also were able to lend some company pickers who were working in the company’s 600 acres,” he said. The general manager said Gold Digger hasn’t any major upgrades in equipment planned, but is always looking at new technology and ways to make the company better and more affordable.

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By applying the most up-to-date technology, our experienced, dedicated and hard working crew continues to provide the best possible service to both growers and consumers.

Tim Smith, WSU Extension - Chelan, Douglas & Okanogan Counties

2:45 - 3:00

Situation Report on 2012 Fruit Sales.

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Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune • January 26, 2012

Tonasket hosts early FFA Event Great opportunity

for beginners to get a farming education Submitted by Curtis E. Beus Okanogan County Director WSU Extension

Many people who own small acreages dream of farming them for extra income, to provide food for their families, or just to change their way of life. If you are one of those people, Photos by Brent Baker WSU Extension has the perfect Students from Tonasket, Wenatchee, Manson and Bridgeport FFA chapters had to identify more than 40 varieties of apples. program for you! Called “Cultivating Success,” of bug damage to apples; By Brent Baker this WSU Extension program is Staff Writer in yet another, the actual specifically designed to assist bugs needed to be identipeople with little or no experiTONASKET - Tonasket fied. ence in agriculture to develop a High School’s FFA, still Students were also replan on how to farm their land aglow from the success of quired to pressure test in a way that meets their own its Parliamentary Proceapples as well as identify goals. This is a 16-week course dure team at the national more than 40 apple varietthat meets one evening a week, c o nve n t i o n i n O c t o b e r, ies. and covers topics as diverse h o st e d a n e a r ly - s e a s o n “It’s a ton of work getting as soil management, fruit and event Nov. 9 to prepare for all these apples,” Deebach vegetable production, liveupcoming district and state said. “Gold Digger, Smith stock and poultry production, competitions. and Nelson and Dan McCafarm management, marketing, Wenatchee, Manson and rthy and others have been evaluating farm resources, Bridgeport FFA teams visa t r e m e n d o u s su p p o r t , ited, with more than 100 going through and finding kids participating, accordall of these varieties that ing to Tonasket coach Matt they’ve donated to us. We Deebach. Tim Jackson, Chad Edwards, Lazaro Ortega and Kayla Davis get a ton of community S tu d e n t s p a r t i c i p at e d of Tonasket FFA examine and grade trays of apples as part of a support for this.” in CDEs (Career Develop- practice run for the Apple CDE competition on Nov. 9. ment Events) for apples and / or welding. I n t h e we l d i n g eve n t , teams of three students were given three hours to construct a farm implement or small (non-motorized) tractor out of scrap. The completed projects had to meet several criteria including three types of welds, a gas cut, braze, at least one 90-degree angle and size limitations. P r o j e c t s we r e g r a d e d on weld quality, artistic ability, engineering and completion within the time limit. In the apple CDE, there were a handful of different areas graded. In one, students had to evaluate multiple trays of apples for flaws and consistency of color, then rank the trays in order of quality. Another Lazaro Ortega demonstrates the pressure testing of apples at an early-season FFA competition in involved the identification November.

farm equipment, irrigation, and much more. Three tours of successful area small farms will also be offered during this course, as well as a personal visit and consultation at your own property by the WSU Extension Director for Okanogan County, Curtis Beus. Classes will be held at the Community Cultural Center in Tonasket, and will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The first class will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8. There is still room in this class, but it is filling fast, so if the idea of gaining a good foundational education about a wide array of farming topics interests you, then don’t delay in contacting the WSU Extension office. You can register or get more information by calling the WSU Extension office at (509) 422-7245. You can also e-mail the primary instructor, Dr. Curtis Beus at beusc@wsu.edu.

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January 26, 2012 • Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune

The best organic apples on earth Source: Washington State Apple Commission Washington State is known as one of the premier apple-growing areas in the world. The nutrientrich soil, arid climate, plentiful water and advanced growing practices provide the right ingredients for producing top-quality fruit. These same elements also make Washington the finest place to grow organic apples. The dry climate and ideal temperatures reduce the number of disease and pest problems that can impact fruit. This superior climate reduces the need for applications to control insects and pests. In addition, Washington’s quality standards for all apples are more stringent than grading standards used in any other growing region in the world. All of Washington’s nine key varieties are available as organically grown. Statistics from Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center indicate most of the Washington organic acreage planted is in Gala and Fuji followed by Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Cripps Pink, Braeburn, Honeycrisp™ and other new varieties. And Washington’s organic apple industry is not only growing, but it is holding true to the state’s unmatched history of dedication to cutting-edge production practices. Over 25 percent of the state’s apple packers hold Organic Handler Certificates from the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Organic Food Program. Organic Washington Apple FAQs Q. How are organic Washington apples grown and packed? A. Organic Washington apples are grown and packed only with materials and methods approved by the National Organic Program (NOP), which rely on natural materials and processes. Organic orchards receive nutrition and fertilizers consisting of compost, animal manure, fishmeal, plant residues and other natural nutrients. Natural pest control methods are derived from plant extracts, the fermentations of yeast, beneficial insects, mating disruption pheromones and systems that bait and trap pests. Weeds may be controlled by mulching, cover plantings and mechanical methods. In addition, certified organic apples can only be processed and packed on equipment using belts, brushes and water specially cleaned and prepared to handle organic fruit. Organic apples may not commingle with conventionally grown apples in either the orchard or in the packing houses. Q. How many years does it take for an apple orchard to be certified organic? A. The land on which the apples

are grown must have been farmed organically for three years or fallowed for three years before certification is granted. This means that for at least three years prior to the first certified organic harvest, only practices and materials allowed under the national organic standard have been used. Prior to the third year, the apples from the orchard are considered transitional fruit. Transitional fruit cannot be sold as certified organically grown. Q. How are organic apple growing and handling practices monitored? A. The NOP requires producers and handlers to submit an Organic System Plan. The plan must document the practices and procedures used, the materials they plan to use, the soil monitoring methods used to determine that soil and water quality are being maintained and improved and the records that are maintained. And, for growers who produce or handle both organic and conventional apples, the procedures that are in place to prevent commingling of the products. An annual update of the system plan must also be submitted each year. Q. Are organic apple orchards and packing facilities inspected? A. It is mandatory that organic orchards and packing facilities be inspected every year. The Washington State Department of Agriculture conducts these inspections. During the certification process, random samples are collected to verify compliance with organic production standards. Growers must submit soil tests every three years. Q. Do organic practices involve or include genetically modified organisms? A. No. Genetically modified organisms are not allowed under organic regulations. Q. How do I know my apples are grown organically? A. Look at the stickers on the apples and watch for signs in the supermarket. Along with the national organic standards, the USDA developed strict labeling rules to help consumers know the exact organic content of the food they buy. The USDA Organic seal (see below) tells you that a product is at least 95 percent organic. However, apple growers may or may not use the full USDA Organic seal, the certified organic apples may simply have “certified organic” on the existing sticker. Q. What is Organic? A. Organic refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Organic food production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility through the use of biological pest control, rather than chemical. Organic foods are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation. Core Facts

Organic Washington Apple Facts • Washington apple growers currently produce over 6 million boxes of certified organic apples. Washington State cultivates 14,309 acres of certified organic orchards, compared to 7,642 just 4 years ago. • The United States is the leading organic apple producer in the world, with Washington State growing more than 80 percent of U.S. certified organic apples. • Organic Washington apples are available in every key variety – Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji, Braeburn, Cripps Pink, Cameo® and Honeycrisp™. • Each organic Washington apple is picked by hand. If you choose to buy organic Washington apples, read the sticker on the apples to ensure the apples are certified USDA organic. The National Organic Program The push to standardize organic certification nationwide started in 1990 when Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA). The OFPA required the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop national standards for organically produced agricultural products to assure consumers that those products meet consistent, uniform standards. In response to these demands, the USDA created the National Organic Program (NOP). NOP standards offer a national definition for the term organic. They detail the methods, practices and substances that can be used in producing and handling organic crops, livestock, and processed products. Beginning in 1988, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) had been certifying orchards under the state’s organic food laws. When the USDA created the national program, the WSDA was accredited to certify orchards, processors and handlers under the national program. Good Reasons to Buy Organic Apples • Organic orcharding protects future generations • Organic apples meet stringent standards • Organic apples taste great • Organic production reduces health risks from chemicals • Organic orchards respect our water resources • Organic growers build healthy soil • Organic growers work with nature • Organic growers are leaders in innovative research • Organic growers strive to preserve biodiversity • Organic orcharding keeps communities healthy • Organic orcharding saves energy • Organic orcharding helps small growers

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Women in ag workshop By Michelle Lovato Staff Writer WENATCHEE -- Leaders of Washington State University Extension’s Women in Ag program will present its women in agriculture specialty workshop Feb. 11 featuring two keynote speakers and local panel discussions. Keynote speakers will be broadcast across the state to 16 site locations set to host the day-long event. One of the two keynote speakers is Lyn Garling, owner/operator of Over the Moon Farm, a 26-acre grass-based farm in central Pennsylvania. “The average age of women farmers in Washington is 50 years old. They are farming a little later in life and overcoming obstacles. Lynn’s talk is ‘Farming as a Woman: My Own Private Reality Show!,’ so I think a lot of people can relate, Chelan/Douglas counties WSU Women in Agriculture Director, Margaret A. Veibrock said.” The second speaker is Rita Emmett, who was born the world’s greatest procrastinator, has converted and is now a “Recovering Procrastinator.” She is adamant that procrastination is NOT a personality flaw or a character trait, it is simply a habit. At the end of the seminar, each location will hold its own discussion panel featuring topics that revolve around risk management.

“They will be different types of topics that are important to people that come with handling risk: Finances, health, employees, and marketing,” she said. When the broadcast speakers and through, local leaders will host a panel discussion led by three women producers or farmers who will answer questions relative to their businesses. Each speaker will offer attendees a take-home message and a handout that will help attendees develop an action plan. “Women learn differently than men,” said Viebrock. “They like to connect with other women farmers in sharing experiences, knowledge and resources. Women like to share resources, like how they learned about setting up page, what worked or what didn’t work or their knowledge of a vendor where they were able to find a good price, she said. Wo m e n fa r m e r s s h ow a heightened interest in customer and end-product satisfaction, Viebrock said.

ket your products? 5. What are your biggest risks and how do you deal with those risks? 6. What was one of the biggest challenges you faced and how did you overcome it? 7. What have you learned that has helped you to be successful? 8. How do you stay current in your profession (technology, markets, production methods, etc.)? 9. What, if anything, has been unique about being a female producer?

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Even though the name indicates Women in Agriculture, all agricultural producers are welcome to attend. The day begins at 8 a.m. and cost $25. There are no credits available for this workshop. For more information visit WomenInAg. wsu.edu.

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Conservation Stewardship Program sign-up extended to Jan. 27 Submitted by Jenn VanEps NRCS - Spokane SPOKANE – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced that the cut-off date for the current Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) ranking period has been extended to Jan. 27, 2012. Producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship are eligible for CSP payments. “Since the voluntary conservation practices offered through CSP are an essential part of our effort to improve soil and water quality, we want to be sure producers have enough time to complete their applications for

the first ranking period,” said assistant State Conservationist, Lacey Gaw of the sign-up extension. The original cut-off date for application was January 13, 2012. CSP provides many conservation benefits including improved water and soil quality, enhanced wildlife habitat and conservation activities that address the effects of climate change. CSP is offered through the NRCS in all 50 states, tribal lands and the Pacific and Caribbean areas through continuous signups. Producers are encouraged to apply for CSP throughout the year to be considered for current and future application ranking periods. Those who apply by January 27, 2012, may be eligible

for current available funding. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial forestland. A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if CSP is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, contracts obligations and potential payments and is available at local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service offices or on the NRCS Web site at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/ wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/ programs/financial/csp. Learn more about CSP and other NRCS programs at http:// www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/ nrcs/main/national/programs.

Save water, save energy, save money Submitted by Kirsten Cook Conservation Educator Okanogan Conservation Dist. OKANOGAN - The Okanogan Conservation District has programs to help agricultural producers increase efficiency and save some money along the way. The Save Water Save Energy program is a partnership with Bonneville Power Ad m i n i st r at i o n ( B PA ) a n d local utilities. The program targets on-farm energy efficiency, especially irrigation and lighting. Energy efficiency is the lowest cost source of new energy. BPA’s target goal for energy savings is 0.25 to 0.33 average megawatts of the total agricultural load statewide. To achieve these energy savings, BPA is offering incentives through local utilities for agricultural producers to implement a wide variety of energy-

saving measures. There are many small changes to your irrigation system that can make a big difference in efficiency. Worn out sprinkler nozzles and gaskets can lead to inefficient application of water, leaks, soil erosion, unnecessary energy usage, and unnecessary costs through pumping too much water. Rebates are available for several sprinkler hardware upgrades and repairs. Rebates for other irrigation pumping improvements, such as variable frequency drives, NEMA premium efficiency motors, and custom pump modifications, may be available through the program as well. So far, irrigators working with the Okanogan Conservation District have received close to $500 in rebates and will be saving 3,004 kilowatt hours per year and nearly 6 acre-feet of water thanks to the

improvements made to their system. The District is looking for additional projects, including orchards with solid-set systems. If you are thinking about replacing or repairing parts of your agricultural irrigation system contact us today to arrange a site visit with our Field Energy Analyst, Bob Clark. He will conduct an energy assessment of your system, determine which rebates you are eligible to receive and evaluate which rebates would provide you with the most money and energy savings. Please note that funding for the program is limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Bob Clark at (509) 4220855 ext. 122 or email bobc@ okanogancd.org. Save water, save energy, and save money by signing up for this exciting program today.


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Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune • January 26, 2012

Researchers, growers revolutionize cherry harvesting Washington State University scientists are reinventing cherry production. A fouryear, multi-state project underway produced a good crop of ideas in its first 12 months, making the industry ripe for revolutionary renovation. Matt Whiting is passionate about his work. Whiting, who is associate professor of horticulture at Washington State University’s Prosser research Center, leads the team of cherry researchers. WSU research teams were awarded more than $15 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture grants aimed at specialty crops such as tree fruit, wine grapes and potatoes. Whiting’s team received $3.8 million for “A Total Systems Approach to Developing a Sustainable, Stem-free Sweet Cherry Production, Processing and Marketing System.” Collaborators include cherry breeder Nnadozie Oraguzie; biological systems engineer Qin Zhang; Fran Pierce, director of WSU’s Center for Precision Agricultural Systems; plant physiologist and genomicist Amit Dhingra; and food scientist Carolyn Ross. Additional team members are made up of growers and producers from Washington,

Michigan, Oregon and California. Below are the objectives, su m m a r y a n d f i n d i n g s o f the group’s first year of research. Long-term goal • Our team and stakeholder’s long-term goal of developing a highly efficient, sustainable sweet cherry production, processing, and marketing system entails a comprehensive and integrative research and extension project with the following objectives: Objective • Develop high efficiency, productive angled fruit wall orchard systems Year One Milestone • Planted test orchards with collaborators in California, Oregon and Washington; toured established test orchards; refined management strategies focused on orchard establishment; initiated development of outreach material. Objective • Establish the genetic basis for sweet cherry abscission Year One Milestone • Phenotyped cherry cultivars and advanced breeding selections for pedicel-fruit retention force and fruit texture/ flavor attributes; documented expression of known abscis-

sion genetic pathways in sweet cherry. Objective • Improve labor efficiency and safety by developing mechanical and/or mechanicalassist harvest technologies Year One Milestone • The USDA mechanical harvester and shake and catch mechanical assist upgraded and field-tested. Picker Technologies LLC transport system prototype built and preliminary tests completed. All systems field-tested for efficiency and impact on harvest efficiency and fruit quality. Field demonstrations of harvest technologies conducted. Objective • Extend shelf life/consumer appeal of sweet cherries Year One Milestone • Study effects of modified atmosphere packaging on fruit quality and shelf life; studied effects of harvest technology on fruit quality and shelf life. Objective • Develop markets for stemfree sweet cherries and determine optimum shelf life for stem-free sweet cherries. Year Milestone Study consumers’ perceptions of stemmed verses stemfree cherries and willingness to pay; conduct test marketing with retail partners; evaluate effects of modified atmosphere packaging on consumers’ perceptions of cherries. Objective • Analyze system profitability, market potential, and

develop economic models for outreach and adoption Year One Milestone Identify and convene growers of small- medium- andlarge sized farms to estimate each farm’s production costs; collaborate with coPDs to ensure experimental designs that are adequate to collect economic data on harvest technologies; collect economic data on harvest technologies. The project’s overall goal is to have every professional in the U.S. sweet cherry valuechain to be familiar with the project’s progress or know where to find out. The researchers plan is integral and flexible and integrates th total value chain. Outreach has been delivered to target audiences through a variety of traditional and innovative mechanisms including: Presentations, Field demos,Tours of grower-collaborator orchards and Radio interviews. As well as a dynamic website including One- A World War II era poster encourages citizens to help with the page summaries of research harvest in Central Washington. A copy of the poster is on display results,Searchable photo jour- at the Oroville Depot Museum. nals, videos of presentations, demonstrations, blogs. wikistype technology for PD’s to work on documents collaboratively online publications in popular press and extension bulletins and social media outreach including a Facebook Page, Twitter, Youtube, Flickr and Vimeo accounts. For a complete copy of this report visit www.wsu.edu.

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