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Let vigor be your guide : Video

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Precision crop load management strategies lower risk and raise fruit quality.

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How to manage weeds and nitrogen in organic orchards

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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Managing weeds and maintaining nitrogen in organic apple production is an expensive and labor-intensive task.

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Grower says bloom thinning by hand gets the results he wants

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Let hands take hold

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I-9 form gets ‘smart’

April 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Updated employment eligibility verification form features electronic tools, new information fields.

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What’s your ideal orchard system?

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Finding the ideal system for your orchards can be trial and error, but luckily, Mike Robinson likes to experiment.

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Fertilizer tips to maximize baby tree growth

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Nourishing new orchards

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New methods to get from bud to bin : Videos

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Tree system architecture for apple orchards a key topic for IFTA speakers, grower tours.

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The latest on FF Robotics’ machine harvester

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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IFTA’s summer field tour in New York last year focused on automation technologies and growers

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Where can I get training to be prepared for FSMA?

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Answers to your food safety questions

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Working safely with Fumitoxin in orchards – A grower’s perspective

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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By Sean Gilbert

Gophers and other underground pests can cause significant damage to fruit tree orchards

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Putting your FSMA plans in writing

March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Cornell extension educators help growers write food safety policies.

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FSMA answers: Preparing your facility

March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

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Questions abound about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To keep you abreast of

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Mercer Canyons settles H-2A lawsuit

March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

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A Central Washington farm that grows tree fruit and wine grapes has agreed to pay

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Safe spaces the focus of Ag Safety Awareness week

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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The theme of this year’s Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week is “Get Out of My

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Medford fresh pear handler nominations set

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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An election for the Fresh Pear Committee handler position for Medford, Oregon, will be held March 28 in

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Processed pear handler election set for Hood River

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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An election for the Processed Pear Committee handler position for Oregon District No. 2 will be held

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Spanish irrigation workshop set for Hood River

March 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

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An irrigation management workshop in Spanish is scheduled for March 29 in Hood River, Oregon.

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The GMO debate gets more complicated

February 28th, 2017|1 Comment

As growers and regulators try to keep up with advances in genomics, questions arise over what is and is not genetically engineered.

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Cutting-edge technique to keep pathogens away

February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Rutgers researchers hope gene-editing technology can make wine grapes resistant to downy mildew.

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Taming traits from the wild genome

February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

New genetic techniques have made it much faster for breeders to bring blue mold resistance from wild Eurasian apples into modern cultivars.

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Auvil: Are you ready for automated harvests?

February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

What growers need to know to prepare for implementing robotic harvest technology

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ITFA Day 3: “From Bud to Bin”

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

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The second day of tours for the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60th annual conference in Washington

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Tips for putting the fight back in fungicide

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

WSU extension specialist shares tips to overcome spray resistance.

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Is it really clean? Aggressive cleaning makes big difference

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Study shows areas with floor, wall damage are key harborage sites for Listeria.

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Woods: Food safety answers

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

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Questions abound about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To keep you abreast of

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High tunnels extend vineyard growing season

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Mari Vineyards gets up to 25 more growing degree-days for grapes grown under tunnel structures

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Is your orchard robot ready? – Video

February 15th, 2017|2 Comments

Industry leaders break out crystal ball to help growers prepare for ‘game changers.’

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Chris Oakes, Young Grower from Lyndonville, New York

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/ Chris is a fourth-generation farmer who works with many of his relatives along

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G.S. Long Winter Ag Academy meets Feb. 15 in Kennewick

January 31st, 2017|0 Comments

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The next G.S. Long Winter Ag Academy will be Feb 15 at the Three Rivers

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WSU Extension hosts Organic Pest and Disease “Fruit School” March 14 and 15

January 31st, 2017|0 Comments

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Washington State Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center is sponsoring a conference in March on

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New postharvest fungicide idea comes from an old place

January 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Natamycin emerges as a possible nontoxic postharvest fungicide.

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Targeting bacterial pathogens in cold storage with ozone

January 26th, 2017|0 Comments

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Much is still unknown about contamination risks from pathogens in fruit packing warehouses. Researchers across

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New webcast talks about fire blight resistance to antibiotics

January 25th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Plant Management Network has released a new web presentation called “Fire Blight and Streptomycin

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Hanrahan: Food safety questions and answers

January 20th, 2017|0 Comments

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Questions abound about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To keep you abreast of

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Compliance countdown: Getting ready for next year’s food safety regulations

January 20th, 2017|0 Comments

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Inspections under the Food Safety Modernization Act are coming to orchards and packing plants in

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Empire State Producers Expo: Wednesday wrapup

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

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A sparsely attended but lively discussion about H-2A guest workers highlighted Wednesday’s proceedings at the

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Empire State Producers Expo: Tuesday wrapup

January 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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No more theory. No more hypothetical examples.

Four apple growers, as well as a few vegetable

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Empire State Producers Expo: Monday wrapup

January 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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About 50 farmers, many of them apple growers, took one of their first official first

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Growers to vote on keeping pear marketing order

January 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Pear decision ahead for Pacific Northwest growers

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Moffitt: All pears, all the time

January 13th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Pear Bureau is celebrating 85 years of promoting the beautiful and delicious pears nurtured

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Cuban farms: Making virtue from necessity

January 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Shortages of fuel, chemicals and machinery make Cuban farms organic but not efficient.

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Cuba’s next chapter? Not so fast

January 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Politics and Cuba’s own challenges make the island a distant prospect for tree fruit growers.

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Washington state expands apple maggot quarantine area

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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After finding apple maggot in the southeastern corner of Lincoln County, the Washington State Department

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Insider tips to avoid growing an $8 box of fruit

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Success from tree to market

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Trade questions loom as 2017 begins

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Focus for the year ahead is keeping current markets open while the U.S. tree fruit industry awaits the president-elect’s actions on trade.

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Ag Safety Day coming to Wenatchee and Yakima in Feb.

January 9th, 2017|0 Comments

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Washington State Labor and Industries and the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board are

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Public input requested on labor practices charter

January 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association are seeking public input on a

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GMO Arctic Apple gets new logo and higher profile

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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Okanagan Speciality Fruits continues to raise the profile of its genetically modified Arctic Apples with

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Wine industry leaders, growers team up to discuss policy agenda

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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Grape growers, winemakers and retailers want to speak in a more unified voice when sharing

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Nick Ferrari, Young Grower from Linden, California

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family background/ Fourth-generation farmer in the San Joaquin Valley. Nick has volunteered with several young