March 15th 2012 Issue

Mechanical thinning of cherries

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The Electroflor looked promising for mechanically thinning cherries in tests that Karen Lewis, WSU extension specialist, conducted.

After success with [...]

Tackle food safety one step at a time

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Implementing a food safety program for an orchard might seem overwhelming. But with forethought, planning, and willingness to seek [...]

Bee Informed Partnership

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After five years of annual colony losses near or above 30 percent, beekeepers have settled in for the long [...]

Cherry research project progresses

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WSU engineers are developing a vibrating actuator that will be used with a mechanical harvester to shake limbs and [...]

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 [...]