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FairWeigh system for fair pay

WSU develops in-the-field weighing system for picking buckets.

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Magic water

Electrolyzed water is making waves in storage and packing house sanitation.

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Family farm puts flavor first

Family Tree Farms sources new stone fruit varieties from around the world.

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IFTA summer tour highlights gear to help fruit beat the heat

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The 2015 IFTA summer tour provided an intense learning environment for growers and researchers who took part in the the three day event in eastern Washington on July 15-17. Nearly 200 people loaded up on

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Digging back into peach history

The Chinese were clonally propagating peach trees at least 7,000 years ago.

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Peaches in Florida

Citrus growers are diversifying into peaches.

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In The Box: Arctic answers

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Dear Good Fruit Grower,

We’d like to address a few points raised by Mike Willett of the Northwest Horticultural Council in his opinion piece about Arctic apples (“Why go Arctic?” Good Fruit Grower, May 15, 2015).

First,

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California cling peach growers plant more trees as prices improve

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Stronger prices for cling peaches seem to have prompted California growers to plant more trees, which should slow the industry’s long-term slide in acreage.

The rising price was triggered by long-term falling production as growers turned

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What is SnapDragon?

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New York apple breeder Dr. Susan Brown answered questions about SnapDragon (NY 1) in the latest RosBREED newsletter:

What is the pedigree of SnapDragon?

SnapDragon is a cross of Honeycrisp and a New York advanced selection whose

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Drone ready to work in fruit

FAA approved Yamaha’s remote-controlled copter for agricultural use.

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Matching the spray to the tree

As canopy volume has decreased, growers would like to use less pesticide.

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Those rotten Honeycrisp

Among the cultivar’s many problem features is exceptional susceptibility to fruit rots.

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How to manage young Honeycrisp

Crop load management is critical for return bloom and good tree growth.

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Reds still dominate apple exports

Club varieties are too expensive when freight and duties are added.

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Ambrosia restrictions to end

By 2019, Ambrosia will be an open variety in both the United States and Canada. But it won’t do well in all locations, growers are warned.

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Clubs are changing how apples are marketed — and priced

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The Honeycrisp apple is a Cinderella story. A somewhat homely apple, almost rejected from its own breeding program, is given a chance and is discovered by an adoring public and propelled on a rise to

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Clubs exclude many growers

Varieties are managed to create a controlled scarcity of product.

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New apple varieties excite consumers

But there's not room in the grocery store for all the contenders.

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Apple varieties from A to Z

Sink your teeth into this alphabet of apples

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Will Honeycrisp become a victim of its popularity?

Will Honeycrisp become a victim of its popularity?

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Who’s going to sell all these apples?

And who's going to buy them?

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Corr: Consumers decide

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The June 2015 issue of Good Fruit Grower examines how new varieties are changing the economics of the apple industry.

When the domestic market tilts toward some varieties and away from others, the game changes. Growers

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Student wines toast WSU Wine Science Center’s opening

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Washington’s wine industry will fittingly toast the grand opening of the new Wine Science Center with wines made by students of Washington State University’s viticulture and enology program.

The wines to be poured for the celebration

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Industry celebrates WSU’s wine science center

World-class research and teaching facility elevates Washington in the wine world.

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Oregon Cherry Growers co-op positioned for growth

Cooperative is focused on expanding value-added products.

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Brining key to cherry processing

Brine solution makes cherry processing a year-round operation.

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Cherries give fruit flies a boost

Spotted wing drosophila’s wide host range makes it difficult for orchardists to control the pest.

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Is ‘Grape Virus Tax’ hitting your pocketbook?

A new study estimates the economic losses from grape leafroll disease.

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Study shows value of high-density cherry systems

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Stefano Musacchi, who was hired in 2013 to fill Washington State University’s endowed chair in tree fruit physiology and management, has been one of the world’s active participants in designing and evaluating sweet cherry production

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The seven cherry training systems

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Kym Green Bush

The Kym Green Bush (KGB) is the only system of the eight that creates a fully pedestrian orchard—one that can be harvested without ladders or platforms. Tree formation is easy and requires minimal

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Training sweet cherries

New guide gives step-by-step details for managing cherries in seven different systems.

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Cherries harvested as berries

A Utah researcher joins others who want to change how cherries are grown and harvested.

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Optimizing cherry quality during export

Choosing the right MAP liner can improve fruit quality.

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New cherry varieties wanted urgently

Growers are frustrated by the pace of WSU’s sweet cherry breeding.

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Early cherry is on fast track

WSU’s elite selection matures a little after Chelan.

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WSU team taking on cherry disease

Little cherry virus 2 is spread by mealybugs

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Calcium improves cherry quality

Calcium in field sprays and added to cooling water reduced pitting and improved cherry firmness.

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Why go with Arctic GMO apple?

There are apple varieties that naturally don’t turn brown.

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Match vintage with wine style

There is a market for cool vintage wines.

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Vintage variation in the vineyard

There’s no room for error in a cool vintage.

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Chelsea Durfey, Young Grower from Sunnyside, Washington

I’ve had so many mentors... They’ve taught me about pruning, soil biology, bees, products, and applications, and there’s so much yet for me to learn.

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Extracting goodness

Sales are growing for varietal grape seed oils and flours made from pomace.

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New cools of the trade

Secondary chillers are replacing conventional storage cooling systems.

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Reducing water usage

E & J Gallo reduced its winery water usage by 25 percent.

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Branching experiment results in more feathers

Treatments with Promalin or MaxCel put more branches on young apple trees.

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Understand key roles of roots

Knowing more about what’s below ground might translate into improved yields and better informed management decisions.

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Six steps to good orchard site preparation

It’s important to prepare your surface soil the right way before planting.

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McFerson applies for WSU director job

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Dr. Jim McFerson, manager of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission for the past 14 years, has applied for the position of director of Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee.

If

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Turning pomace into compost

Walla Walla Community College hopes to show wineries how to compost their wine leftovers.

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Beating the competition to help new plantings

In young orchards, good weed control is essential for fast, early growth and high yields.

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