March 15th 2012 Issue

Safe havens for pollinators

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A bumblebee finds nectar in a wildflower planting.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF USDA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE

Fruit growers across the [...]

Rise and fall of the apple empire

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While Harold Copple managed the Apple Commision between 1947 and 1957, most of the apples produced in Washington were [...]

Three keys to successful pollination

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Queen bees lay eggs singly in cells of the honeycomb. After the eggs hatch, worker bees feed the larvae [...]

Easier access to MRLs

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Growers using Washington State University’s online Decision Aid System this season will be able to consider pesticide maximum residue [...]

Tools growers should be using

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To stay in business for the long haul, orchardists must produce exceptional quantities of exceptional fruit. Fortunately, there are [...]

High density not for Concords

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A Washington State University study found that traditional spacings for juice grapes—around six feet between vines and nine feet [...]

Heed global trends

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The global food business is increasingly complex, with new players, new linkages, and cause-and-effect reactions that impact food supply [...]

Gauging apple crop load

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When using the Equilifruit, it should fit tightly around the selected limb, about an inch away from the trunk. [...]

Alcohol depresses wine aromas

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Ethanol (alcohol) interacts with sensory attributes of wine and can decrease the potency of aromas as the amount of [...]

It’s still a family industry

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Consolidation within the Washington apple industry over the years has led to a dramatic drop in the number of [...]