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Monday, October 26, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Washington farmers react to China’s announcement to boycott U.S. ag products

Had China’s announcement this week to stop purchasing U.S. agricultural products been the first volley of a trade war, local trade officials would have taken it like a punch to the face. But two years into an off-again- on-again trade war, Washington agriculture officials just kind of shrugged this one off.

Bing cherries could be in shorter supply this year

Bing cherries have been beset with growing problems this year that are reducing the size of the crop. The Northwest’s most popular cherry variety could be in short supply in 2016, after the five-state Cherry Commission this week lowered its outlook for the season to 18.3 million 20-pound boxes. That’s about a million boxes less than was predicted just two weeks ago.

Cherry growers looking forward to yet another bountiful harvest

Barring widespread heavy rain or other disasters, Northwest cherry growers expect to hit the 20-million-box mark during the upcoming harvest, according to the first forecast from Northwest Cherry Growers, a Yakima-based organization that promotes cherries grown in a five-state region.

Green Bluff harvests early this year because of warm weather

The fields of pumpkins sprawling across the hillside at Walter’s Fruit Ranch in Green Bluff are early this year, bright splotches of color signaling the ripeness of the gourds with weeks to go until Halloween. The hot, dry weather has been making crops ripen weeks ahead of schedule all summer. It was particularly bad in July, when growers had to harvest cherries weeks before the annual Cherry Festival. People who arrived on their traditional picking weekends found the trees already bare.

Fruit and vegetable picking underway at Green Bluff farms

Warm summer days herald the beginning of the fruit picking season at the dozens of farms in Green Bluff north of Spokane. Most people know Green Bluff for its cherry and apple festivals, but there are fruits and vegetables ripening all summer long. On Saturday, Eleven Acres Farm on Day-Mt. Spokane Road was doing good business in green tomatoes and broccoli. Some people hauled away the tomatoes by the boxful, the green orbs bigger than a closed fist.

Taste summer with a sweet cherry on top

Cherry season in the Pacific Northwest is sweet – and maddeningly short-lived. Thanks to Mother Nature, though, this year’s crop is slated to be plump and plentiful, perfect for making an abundance of classic summertime treats like cherry pies, cobblers and clafoutis.

Rains damage cherries

YAKIMA – Recent showers have been bad news for some cherry growers in Central Washington. The Yakima Herald-Republic reported growers have been trying to prevent wet cherries from splitting by drying them with wind turbines and air sprayers and by hiring helicopters to fly over their orchards.

Cherry farmers consider techniques

BUENA, Wash. – Washington state cherry farmers expect their crop to continue to break harvest records in the coming years, prompting a rethinking of harvesting techniques. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that the Pacific Northwest cherry industry harvested more than 23 million boxes of cherries in 2012.