Good Fruit Grower

December 2015

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14 DECEMBER 2015 Good Fruit Grower I t should come as no surprise that the biggest chal- lenge for Western growers this year plays a starring role at the Washington State Tree Fruit Association annual meeting: drought. "Growing Forward: Solutions for Current and Future Challenges" is the theme for the 111th conference December 7-9, and with opening day talks planned on weather variability, water resources, infrastructure, and crop stress, perhaps no topic better illustrates that theme. Most or all of Washington, Oregon, and California remain in varying stages of severe to exceptional drought, and forecasters predict continued and perhaps even Hort Show Preview Drought, pollination are key challenges to be highlighted. by Shannon Dininny 'GROWING FORWARD' at annual meeting "With no snow or precipitation this winter, next year could get ugly for everybody." —Kevin Knight

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