April 1st 2012 Issue

MCP alternative tested

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Amit Dhingra’s research shows that the new product delays ripening differently than MCP.

An organic compound that has the potential [...]

From pie to health food

By |April 1st, 2012|

New, healthy products include dried cherries and tart cherry juice.

If you hear the words, “tart cherries,” and a nice [...]

WSU releases promising apple

By |April 1st, 2012|

WSU’s newest variety, WA 38, is a cross of Enterprise and Honeycrisp.
Geraldine Warner

Washington State University has released a [...]

USA Farmers seek reform

By |April 1st, 2012|

Chalmers Carr III doesn’t expect Congressional action on farm labor and immigration issues before the fall elections this year, [...]

Clinic can diagnose crop ailments

By |April 1st, 2012|

Karen Ward runs WSU’s Plant Pest Diagnostic Clinic.

If you find strange rots or spots on your fruit trees or [...]

DNA test identifies pathogens in tainted foods

By |April 1st, 2012|

Fruit or vegetable packers concerned that their produce may be contaminated with unsafe pathogens will soon have a simple [...]

Aiming for efficiency

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Almost $3 million in government funding earmarked for packing house improvements was announced January 27 at the B.C. Fruit [...]

Housing helps attract workers

By |April 1st, 2012|

Housing—be it state-subsidized tent programs, onsite grower-owned, or public housing built for seasonal agricultural workers—is an attractive employment benefit [...]

Are Washington Merlots Sideways?

By |April 1st, 2012|

Harold Thoreen of Antoine Creek Vineyard near Chelan, Washington, son Colin, and Harold’s wife Suzanne Haggard taste Northwest Merlot [...]

Underground drip irrigation serves two purposes

By |April 1st, 2012|

Water is plentiful in the fruit-growing area along Lake Michigan’s eastern shore, so it’s not scarcity that’s an issue. [...]