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History - Nathanial Coe brought to the Hood River Valley the first fruit trees in 1854 when he arrived to establish Oregon's first post offices and mail routes.
In 1876, E.L. Smith planted the first commercial orchard, 30 acres of apples (Newtown Pippins and Spitzenburg) and peaches. In time, apples became the dominant crop.
In 1919 the Hood River Valley had a disastrous freeze that killed many apple trees. With that, growers began planting pear trees to replace the apples. Today pears are the major commerical crop grown in the valley. In recent years more sweet cherry trees and vineyards have increased in acreage.
Upcoming Event -
2017 Winter Hort Meeting, February 10th 8am-4pm at the Best Western Hood River Inn in the Gorge Room (Agenda)
February 15 - Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife meeting regarding deer and elk damage on local orchards and crops. Meeting is hosted by Hood River County Farm Bureau and will be held at the Parkdale Fire Station starting at 2pm.
Links of Interest
2016 Pear Packers Meeting
- Postharvest Physiology and Handling of PNW Pears
- Strategies to Improve Pear Diseases Management and Curb Fungicide Resistance Development
2017 Mid-Columbia Spray Guide - large file
Oregon Small Farms - This OSU Extension Service website provides university research-based information and publications for commerical farmers, beginning farmers, as well as small acreage landowners. There is information on current events in the Pacific Northwest, as well as on livestock, pastures, crops, soils, marketing, technical reports and links to upcoming conferences and workshops.
Hood River AgriMet Weather Station - Weather Data