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WSTFA annual meeting — Wednesday wrapup

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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Farm transfer planning and lending were the topics in one Wednesday morning session about “Future

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Day two of the WSTFA annual meeting, afternoon summary

December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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Researchers are still working to get the word out to the industry about the requirements

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Cosmic Crisp to be grown overseas: Hort Show Preview

December 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Some Washington producers are caught off guard by international propagation plans for WA 38.

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Tree fruit technology roadmap : Hort Show Preview

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

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“Continuous Change,” the theme of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association 112th Annual Meeting, is

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Oregon viticulturist tests, uses drone technology — Video

November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Chad Vargas demonstrates his modified DJI Phantom 4 drone from the back of his truck.

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Spraying with precision — Video

November 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Cornell researcher offers tips for making your grandfather’s sprayer more effective, but says precision sprayers are the future.

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Matson leads industry in automated cold storage technology — Video

November 17th, 2016|0 Comments

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Pallets stand five racks high, cramped, dark and sci-fi eerie. Robotic cranes, guided by lasers

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Gripper’s gentle touch

November 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Pneumatic air-controlled gripper may lend itself to robotic fruit harvest.

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Creators of vacuum harvester aim to have machines ready in 2018

November 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

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A vacuum apple harvester under development by a California company has shown it can see

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The long and tricky path to automated picking — Video

October 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Vacuum picker under development brings the apple industry closer than ever to automating harvest.

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Fighting fire blight

October 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Antibiotics and Apogee continue to top the list of control products.

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Thinning without carbaryl

October 21st, 2016|2 Comments

Darwin thinning followed by MaxCel application shows promise for Galas and Honeycrisps.

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Beating bitter pit in Honeycrisp

October 19th, 2016|0 Comments

The key lies in combining foliar calcium sprays with reduced potassium fertilization.

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USDA Reminds Fruit Producers of Crop Sales Nov. 20 Closing Deadline

October 14th, 2016|0 Comments

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 The U.S. Department of Agriculture has put out a reminder that Nov. 20 is the final

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WSTFA annual meeting 2016: How continuous change forces adaptation

October 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Why change now? A Good Point by Sam Godwin

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Food safety manager training scheduled for November

October 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Washington State Tree Fruit Association is hosting an educational seminar for packing house food

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Latest MRL report is available for apples and cherries

October 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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In response to increasing industry concerns about complying with Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for pesticides

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Wal-Mart weighs in on food safety

October 6th, 2016|2 Comments

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Illnesses caused by foodborne pathogens are becoming much easier to track and investigate, and new

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U.S. growers hope to send apples to Japan once again

October 5th, 2016|0 Comments

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For the first time in 15 years, apple growers are pursuing exports to Japan.

The U.S.

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The clean team

September 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Workshops go on-site to warehouses to show workers where pesky pathogens could be hiding.

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FDA awards Pennsylvania $6.3 million FSMA grant

September 27th, 2016|0 Comments

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced  that the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture  received a $6.3

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Arctic Fuji non-browning GMO apple gains USDA approval

September 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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The USDA has approved for public consumption a third genetically-modified (GMO) apple by Okanagan Speciality Fruits,

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United Fresh announces training program

September 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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United Fresh is offering a Preventive Controls for Human Food Qualified Individual training program at

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Lessons learned from Listeria contamination of caramel apples

September 8th, 2016|1 Comment

Aftermath of an outbreak

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The tech advantage of digital oversight – Video

September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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Wafler Farms wanted to do more than just mechanize tasks on the farm.

Paul Wafler also

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Orchard innovators: Practices should change with mechanization

September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Learning Wafler Farms’ tall spindle tipped (TST) system.

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Mechanization is rolling along — Video

August 31st, 2016|0 Comments

Innovative New York growers find success with platforms and more.

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Food safety sets tone at 2016 U.S. Apple meeting

August 25th, 2016|0 Comments

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Illnesses caused by foodborne pathogens are becoming much easier to track and investigate, and new

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Getting employees to switch from ladders to platforms

August 24th, 2016|2 Comments

All aboard

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Bayer AG says it will no longer sell Belt (flubendiamide)

August 12th, 2016|0 Comments

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Bayer AG announced it will no longer sell Belt (flubendiamide) insecticide in the United States

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Promising progress for solid-set delivery

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

MSU research team improves system to reduce chemical waste.

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Woods: Getting ready for FSMA

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

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Even as retailers continue to up the ante by adding more restrictive food safety requirements

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Red tape keeps some workers out

August 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Farm labor housing struggles against federal loan stipulation.

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Bearing down on black stem borers – VIDEO

July 29th, 2016|1 Comment

New York researchers working to stop one of the newest apple pests.

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Tracking pathogens

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Whole genome sequencing tracks pathogens, perhaps to your door.

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What is whole genome sequencing?

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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Over the past year or so, whole genome sequencing has gotten a lot of attention

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Protect your customers, protect your orchard

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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Listeria is a true environmental bacterium, not requiring an animal host, and occurs naturally in

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Dininny: How FSMA impacts you

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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Food safety.

Perhaps no two words have frustrated U.S. fruit growers more — growers who believe

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Tree Fruit Research Commission releases new cherry pesticide study

July 21st, 2016|0 Comments

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For growers looking to export, the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has released a new

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Simple steps for water sampling

July 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers are educating packing house operators and growers about proper water sampling methods in orchards and vineyards.

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Water sampling 101

July 13th, 2016|2 Comments

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In a recent interview with Good Fruit Grower, UC-Davis researchers Melissa Partyka, Ronald Bond and

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Pennsylvania expands spotted lanternfly quarantine

July 11th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has expanded a spotted lanternfly quarantine to include more townships

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State finalizes rules to kill maggots before shipping compost

July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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Washington state regulators have finalized special permit requirements for composters seeking to transport feed stocks

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Senate passes GMO labelling bill; next it goes to the House

July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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A bill that would establish a nationwide requirement for labelling of genetically-modified ingredients in food

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Reinventing the string thinner (Video)

July 7th, 2016|0 Comments

California cling peach grower modifies Darwin for nonplanar orchards.

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Check up on farm labor rules

June 28th, 2016|0 Comments

After recent court ruling, more growers will need farm labor contractor licenses even for workers they don’t directly hire.

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Are your bins sanitary?

June 28th, 2016|1 Comment

Promising options for wooden and plastic bins’ "cleanability" were identified in study.

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Meet candidates for WSU’s “crucial” Food Safety Specialist position

June 16th, 2016|0 Comments

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WSU is inviting growers and others to participate in the selection of its Food Safety

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Mexico dismisses dumping complaint against U.S. apple growers

June 7th, 2016|2 Comments

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The Mexican government has terminated an antidumping case filed by growers in the border state