Reopening of Chinese apple market is welcome news for growers

Industry grateful as biggest apple crop ever prepares to ship.

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DeVaney: Why telling our story matters

  • March 10th, 2015

By Jon DeVaney

While not yet ratified, an agreement on a new contract for West Coast port workers has been reached, ending four months of work slow-downs and temporary closures that have severely harmed our industry and the entire U.S. economy. While an agreement is welcome news, the damage has already [...]

Make the most of biocontrol

  • March 6th, 2015

Beneficial insects and mites can play a role in controlling key orchard pests if they’re not exposed to harmful pesticides. Dr. David Biddinger, entomologist with Pennsylvania State University in Biglerville, explains how to take advantage of biocontrols for managing mites, woolly apple aphid, and scale.

Mites
In apple orchards, the [...]

Crab apple pruning demos

  • March 2nd, 2015

Two pruning demonstrations have been scheduled this month to help orchardists understand how to prune Manchurian crab apple trees in order to be eligible to export apples to China.

The Chinese apple market, closed between 2012 and 2014 due to fruit infection caused by two postharvest rots, recently reopened. The [...]

Ag job fairs planned in Eastern Washington

  • February 26th, 2015

Agricultural job fairs have been announced for three communities in Eastern Washington centered on educating Spanish speaking workers about employment programs in the state. The job fairs will take place in Bridgeport, Yakima and Kennewick, Washington on March 3, 4 and 5, 2015. Read more information about these events [...]

SWD research continues

  • February 25th, 2015

Great progress has been made in the last five years in learning about spotted wing drosophila, but much more is needed, says a Washington State University entomologist.

Dr. Betsy Beers of WSU checked off a list of things that have been accomplished in the last five years of living with [...]

  • Corr: Was USDA’s GMO decision a black cat crossing America’s orchards?

Corr: Was USDA’s GMO decision a black cat crossing America’s orchards?

  • February 17th, 2015

To hear some critics tell it, the government’s decision Friday the 13th to deregulate a GMO apple was bad luck for growers and consumers. You could almost see the black cat crossing America’s orchards.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it would deregulate two apple varieties genetically engineered to resist [...]

Sign up for free pesticide disposal

  • February 11th, 2015

Washington growers looking to safely dispose of unwanted pesticides for free need to contact the Washington State Department of Agriculture before February 27, 2015, to be included. Last year WSDA collected and disposed of more than 150,000 pounds of pesticides alone.

The WSDA will send contractors out to farms to [...]