Good Fruit Grower

October 2016

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40 OCTOBER 2016 Good Fruit Grower Washington Apple Education Foundation honors volunteers T he Washington Apple Education Foundation awarded three volunteer of the year awards during its annual appreciation breakfast on Aug. 25 at Cave B Inn in Quincy, Washington. Vanessa Reyes-Romero of Yakima was chosen alumni volunteer of the year, marking the first time the foundation has handed out the award. Reyes-Romero started volunteering the same year she became a WAEF scholarship recipient. Since then she has completed her master's degree in criminal justice at Seattle University and is preparing for law school. Dee Schoenmakers of Wenatchee was named indi- vidual volunteer of the year. She began with WAEF while employed by the Washington State Horticultural Association and continued her involvement when she was hired by Van Well Nursery. For 15 years, Schoenmakers has been charged with handling regis- tration transactions at the foundation's Wenatchee and Yakima golf tournaments. AgroFresh received the company/group volunteers of the year award. AgroFresh volunteers La Verne Bergstrom (Wenatchee), Darrell Riddle (Yakima), Garret Babst (Wenatchee) and Emily Bautista-Herdt (Wenatchee) led the company's involvement in 2016 with volunteer efforts including serving on the scholarship selection and farmworker education committees, assisting at the scholarship luncheons and golf tournaments, serving on the board of directors, posting training jobs for WAEF students, and coming together to raise funds from their coworkers to award their own AgroFresh employee funded scholarship award granted to a WAEF Wish List student. Bautista-Herdt represented AgroFresh and received the award. The Washington Apple Education Foundation is the charity of the tree fruit industry. The foundation receives help from more than 150 volunteers. This year, it sup- ported 225 college students and awarded over $1 million in scholarships. For more information, please visit the foundation's website,, or contact the foundation office at (509) 663-7713. Dramm Corporation celebrates 75 years T he Dramm Corporation, a leading manufacturer of high quality watering tools, is celebrating its mile- stone 75th anniversary. In 1941, Manitowoc florist John G. Dramm invented the 400 Water Breaker Nozzle to water plants quickly and efficiently while not damaging the plants. Today the company has expanded into four business segments: retail, commercial, DRAMMwater, and fertilizer. The company's Drammatic Fertilizer is made from fresh fish and fish scraps processed at low temperatures to maintain the integrity of the naturally occurring amino acids, vitamins, hormones and enzymes that are so essential to plant and soil health. Drammatic Fertilizer is used for organic, sustainable or conventional crops. For more information about Dramm's new and cur- rent products, visit Botector biofungicide receives California registration T he California Department of Pesticide Regulation has approved the addition of stone fruit and almonds to the Botector label, Westbridge Agricultural Products announced. The registration change provides stone fruit and almond growers a new tool in preventing blossom blight and brown. Botector is an organic biofungicide that is also regis- tered for the prevention of botrytis in grapes, tomatoes and berries, and anthracnose, phomopsis and rhizopus rots of berries. The active ingredient in Botector consists of two strains of Aureobasidium pullulans, a beneficial fungus that is commonly found on the surface of fruit and flow- ers. Botector's mode of action is "competitive exclusion", whereby beneficial organisms outgrow disease patho- gens, robbing them of essential nutrients and space for growth. Because A. pullulans has evolved on the surface of plants, it will survive through irrigation or rain events. For questions about Botector or the Westbridge prod- uct line, call (800) 876-2767 or visit Good Stuff A selection of the latest products and services for tree fruit and grape growers Covering the fruit industry A s you well know, our covers are something special. We love to bring stunning images and beautiful artwork into your hands with each issue. It's a wonderful tradition made possible by talented photographers and artists, including some with ties to the fruit industry. And this month's cover is a perfect illustration, so to speak. Vicki DeRooy, a longtime art instruc- tor in Wenatchee, Washington, created her colored pencil drawing from a photo taken at McDougall and Sons in Wenatchee, where Vicki works part-time in quality control. We feel fortunate to share the work of Vicki and other artists and photographers who use their creative flair to highlight the tree fruit and grape growing industry. Our extra-large format — one of the biggest magazines published in any field — is a great canvas to feature the beauty of fruit and everything it entails. With that in mind, we're getting ready to make our selections for next year's covers, and we'd like to invite accomplished photographers and artists to submit their work. If you know of someone, spread the word. You can find more details and submission guidelines on our website at www. —Jared Johnson Clarification A story in the August 2016 issue about Bernardita Sallato, Washington State University's cherry breeding program manager, contained some unclear information. The story reported that the breeding program has selections in phase two and phase three trials; there is only one selection in phase three. Also, the story reported that breeding programs in her home country of Chile are funded by the university, but they receive both public and private money. PHOTO COURTESY WASHINGTON APPLE EDUCATION FOUNDATION 2016 WAEF Volunteer of the Year award recipients Dee Schoenmakers, Vanessa Reyes-Romero and Emily Bautista- Herdt representing AgroFresh. The PREMIER Show for fruit and vegetable growers, greenhouse growers and farm marketers! 4,000 + attendees 75+ education sessions and workshops 450 + exhibitors

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