Written by Dan Langager, Northwest Horticultural Council, January 31, 2024
The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission is funding a study that will allow the Pacific Northwest apple industry to take charge of its own environmental data by developing a scientifically defensible benchmark for apple production specific to practices and conditions in our growing region. The research team now needs growers’ input to build the environmental model of apple production through a life cycle assessment (LCA) survey. This data is critical to the success of the project.
The Research Commission, Washington State University, Washington State Tree Fruit Association, and Northwest Horticultural Council encourage growers to complete the survey, which will ask apple growers to answer general questions about one block of their operation in full production, covering orchard infrastructure and water, fuel, and fertilizer use. The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete, with all data provided remaining confidential and anonymized.
Funding and acknowledgements
The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission funded the LCA study, with consultation provided by Washington State University, Washington State Tree Fruit Association, Northwest Horticultural Council, and growers.