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Wrapping up day one of the WSTFA annual meeting – Video

December 5th, 2016|0 Comments

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Two words can sum up Monday afternoon’s session of the 112th annual meeting of the

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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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Orchards under cover: Hort Show Preview

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

In early study results, WSU researchers find multiple benefits to netting fruit trees.

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Cosmic Crisp insights: Hort Show Preview

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Washington beefs up education ahead of plantings of new variety.

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Sessions engage Spanish speakers: Hort Show Preview

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Spanish presentation topics at WSTFA annual meeting range from pesticide handling to economics.

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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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Washington State hires tree fruit extension specialist

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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Washington State University has hired Rob Blakey for an endowed position as tree fruit extension

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Jesus Ramos, Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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family background/ Jesus, son of Javier and Irma Ramos, is the first in his immediate

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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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Share your know-how and grow-how — Great Lakes Expo preview

November 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Expert view: Individual growers must take on customer fears about GMOs and chemicals.

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Ag drone future’s up in the air — Video

November 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Even with recent advancements, drones are not quite ready for optimal use in the tree fruit industry.

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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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DeVaney: Continuous improvement

October 31st, 2016|1 Comment

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The 2016 Washington State Tree Fruit Association Annual Meeting and Hort Expo—the “Hort Show”—is fast

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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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Growers who innovate in the Golden State

October 28th, 2016|0 Comments

California apple growers hang in there and invest with focus on fresh market.

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The solitary orchard

October 25th, 2016|0 Comments

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Byron Albano is one of the southernmost apple growers on the West Coast but has

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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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Growing with Pazazz

October 20th, 2016|0 Comments

New York grower Dan Pettit shares his experience growing Honeybear Brands’ latest club variety.

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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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Why gaps are money losers

October 14th, 2016|0 Comments

The quicker you fill the space on a trellis, the more sunlight is captured in the canopy.

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Grafting provides ‘A better solution’

October 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Hedges Family Estates grafts Cabernet Sauvignon to Merlot as a cost-effective option to replanting

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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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Demystifying cold-hardy grapes

October 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Northern Grapes Project is designed to encourage the wine industry in colder climates.

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Bush: New tool in detecting BMSB

October 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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Researchers from Washington State University, the Washington State Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department

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Domestic apple market looks bright

October 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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The value of the dollar and the increasing size of the apple crop in other

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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.

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Picking prospects: 2016-17 USApple forecast

October 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Drought in Eastern U.S. dampens outlook, but other U.S. regions are forecasting steady — or even larger — apple crops.

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Canadian bee expert joins OSU

September 30th, 2016|0 Comments

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Oregon State University has hired an expert on bee pollinators to fill a new extension

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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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Cornell looks for insects that may transmit fire blight bacteria

September 30th, 2016|0 Comments

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Matt Boucher, a doctoral student at Cornell University, thinks insect transmission is one way fruit

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Swapping wheat for Pinot

September 28th, 2016|0 Comments

One of the largest wineries in Oregon is planting 400 acres of Pinot Noir in what were wheat fields with the help of some new technologies.

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MN55 to be known as Rave

September 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

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The newest apple variety developed by the University of Minnesota, MN55, will be sold under

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Let there be light on pears

September 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Two Washington pear growers try to bring light to lower canopies with trees on Y-trellises.

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In the hunt for cold-hardy pears

September 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

A Vermont organic grower is evaluating 84 pear varieties as cold-hardy rootstock candidates.

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Pear industry continues push for more pear conditioning

September 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Persistent conditions

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Field day tips for growing Cosmic Crisp

September 19th, 2016|0 Comments

The university plans to hold a companion field day at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 in Quincy and Wenatchee.

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Central Washington pear grower innovates, adapts

September 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Rudy Prey of Leavenworth, Washington, does things with his pear trees that not all, or even most growers, do.

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Dhingra: The age of the pear

September 14th, 2016|2 Comments

The pear industry has unlimited potential and is ripe for a revolution

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Fresh pear industry pushes for stand-up “pouch” bags

September 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Grab and go for consumer convenience

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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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Northwest organic pear growers opt out of assessments

August 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Organic Pearxit

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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