May 15th 2013 Issue

The NOSB’s ‘lose-lose’ decision

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A decision by the National Organic Standards Board not to extend use of a key antibiotic to control fireblight [...]

Yakima Valley AVA turns 30

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The Yakima Valley American Viticultural Area, established by the federal government on March 23, [...]

Food safety mistakes

By |May 15th, 2013|

This creative, portable handwashing facility meets GlobalGAP requirements. Water is clearly labeled.

For growers just [...]

Chemical thinning is getting more precise

By |May 15th, 2013|

As with precision pruning, the thinning process starts by knowing how many fruit buds are on the tree and [...]

Great expectations

By |May 15th, 2013|

Milinda Dwyer

Mega retailer Costco Wholesale has high expectations when it comes to food safety and requires more from its [...]

Achieving the optimal crop load

By |May 15th, 2013|

Precision pruning is a good first step to adjusting crop load and producing fruit of the best size and [...]

First Bite

By |May 15th, 2013|

As the Northwest cherry season draws closer, for the first time in six or seven years I am thinking [...]

Last Bite: Test your cherry knowledge

By |May 15th, 2013|

   1    What percentage of Northwest fresh cherry exports was shipped to China (including Hong Kong) last season?
a. [...]

Widely planted

By |May 15th, 2013|

Coral Champagne has been the hottest selling cherry variety in California in recent years, according to accounts from nurseries, [...]

Outreach: The final goal

By |May 15th, 2013|

Field horticulturists from Chelan Fruit Cooperative examine beneficial insects during a hands-on workshop offered in February. Inset: Angela Gadino [...]