March 15th 2012 Issue

The myths of high-alcohol wine

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The recent trend of higher alcohol wines is related to winemakers wanting riper fruit so they can produce super-ripe, intense

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 mechanical

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. The

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 haul

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 growers,

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 country will

Export focus is not new

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The Washington apple industry was exporting a significant percentage of its crop, long before the Washington Apple Commission was formed.

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 in

EU regulations stifle fruit exports

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Pacific Northwest apple and pear exports to Europe have dropped dramatically since pesticide ­regulations were harmonized among members of the

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 many

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