Good Fruit Grower

January 2014

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QUICK BITES O Yours rder N The Co ow For Seasoming n! Let us build a Blueline Platform that will save you money and fit your orchard needs. Read more Quick Bites Blueline OP33 Platform at D r. Lee Kalcsits has officially accepted a tree fruit physiologist position at Washington State University and will join the faculty at the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center on March 1. He is currently doing postdoctoral research in tree physiology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Kalcsits earned a doctorate in forestry, with an emphasis on tree ecophysiology, from the University of British Columbia last year. He has a master's degree in plant sciences and a bachelor's degree in horticulture from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. He has worked and published on the physiology of dormancy induction and on the partitioning of nitrogen assimilates in trees and other plants. Announcing the appointment, Dr. Rick Knowles, chair of WSU's horticulture department, said Kalcsits would develop a robust basic and applied research program in the general area of physiology of tree fruits in collaboration with the tree fruit research and extension team and industry. "He brings novel expertise that complements our existing strengths in tree fruit physiology," Knowles said. Health care insurance $34,800 A Blueline OP23 Platform s of January 1, all Americans must have health insurance or pay a penalty when income tax time arrives in 2015. If you or your employees have not yet signed up, or need some information on what you need to do to comply, visit our Web site,, and read "How the Affordable Care Act affects growers." The new online health insurance marketplace is open for new business until March 31, when open enrollment closes. Pear committee nominations 2 person platform Adjustable height Four drive Dual speed hydro engine $23,800 P ear growers will elect nominees for positions on the Fresh Pear Committee of Marketing Order #927, which is responsible for collecting assessments for research, and promoting and advertising fresh pears marketed in the domestic and export markets. Members serve two-year terms. A handler position for the Yakima district held by Jordan Matson will filled at the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association meeting at noon on January 8 at the Holiday Inn, Yakima,Washington. Rod Matson is the first alternate, and Dick Woodin second alternate. A grower position for the Wenatchee district will be filled at the North Central Washington Pear Day at the Wenatchee Convention Center on January 22. The position is held by Matt McDevitt with Kevin Stennes first alternate, and Daryl Harnden second alternate. A grower position for the Mid-Columbia district will be filled at the winter horticultural meeting at the Hood River Best Western on February 7. Mark Laurance holds the position with Erick von Lubken as first alternate, and Derek DeBorde second alternate. Cherry marketing nominations Call Your Nearest Dealer Today! CLE ELUM, WA 509-654-4544 UNION GAP, WA 509-248-8411 SUNNYSIDE, WA 509-839-2066 GEORGE, WA 509-785-2595 38 WSU appoints physiologist PASCO, WA 509-544-6678 WALLA WALLA,WA 509-525-4550 JANUARY 1, 2014 GOOD FRUIT GROWER N ominations for grower positions in District 1 of the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee will take place during the North Central Washington Stone Fruit Day at the Wenatchee Convention Center on January 21. Members whose terms expire on March 31 are: Dave Eichelberger, with John Senseney as alternate; Lee Gale, with Norm Gutzwiler as alternate; and John Gebbers, with Kevin Stennes as alternate. This committee establishes grade, size and pack regulations for fresh sweet cherries from designated counties in the state of Washington.

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