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.

Links of Interest

2016 Pear Packers Meeting

2017 Mid-Columbia Spray Guide - large file

Backyard Tree Fruit Spray Guide for the Hood River Area

EC 631 Managing Diseases and Insects in Home Orchards

EM 8413 2017 Pest Management Guide for Wine Grapes in Oregon

Weather Data 

Hood River AgriMet Weather Station - Weather Data

Western Regional Climate Center - Historical Climate Information

OSU Northwest Berry & Grape Information Network

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.

Oregon Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Agriculture

National Pesticide Information Center

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