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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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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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Promising pear rootstocks

Researchers study Amelanchier and quince selections as pear rootstocks for Pacific Northwest.

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Demand is strong for Geneva rootstocks

Nurseries and growers have much to learn about the newer ones.

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Keep varieties updated

Orchards need to be renovated to produce the kind of fruit that’s in demand.

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Rootstocks under trial

Geneva rootstocks might be less vigorous in Washington.

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Irrigation effects on wine

Deficit irrigation enhances color and fruitiness of wines.

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Honeycrisp is still an enigma

Growers have yet to unlock the horticultural secrets of growing Honeycrisp in a warm climate.

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Automated pruning with robotics

Robots can follow pruning rules as well as humans, but a key was writing the rules.

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Good to Know: Maintain good soil structure

Weed mulch plus gypsum keep surface soil soft, permeable, and well-aerated

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Soil moisture can be depleted by spring

“In years when we have dry winters, you may need both a fall and early spring irrigation.” — Hemant Gohil

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Soil moisture critical at bud break

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Even a two-week delay in filling up the soil profile in early spring when vines begin to break bud can reduce cluster counts and impact yields, according to Washington State University scientists.

In recent years, WSU

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Percolation barriers could enhance water retention

Subsurface Water Retention Technology could revolutionize irrigated agriculture.

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Nova Scotia revisited

Nova Scotia has earned a reputation for producing the best Honeycrisp apples.

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Timing is everything when fine tuning grape irrigation

Research suggests Washington red wine grapes could benefit from new irrigation regimes.

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WSU to rerelease WA 2

WA 2, which stays crisp and improves in flavor, has good potential for late-season sales.

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Irrigation management key to growing Honeycrisp

Honeycrisp trees don’t like excessive water, says veteran Washington tree fruit grower.

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Microwaves control brown rot

Scientists in Spain showed that microwaving peaches and nectarines prevents rot without harming the fruit.

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Preparing for lift-off

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Proprietary Variety Management—the company that is managing the commercialization of Washington State University’s WA 38 apple—has formed an industry-wide marketing group to discuss how the apple will be launched in the market place.

PVM of Yakima,

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Arctic apple Q&A: Expect more GMO apples in the pipeline

Okanagan Specialty Fruits plans to submit more GMO apple varieties for deregulation within the year.

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Understanding soil organic matter

Don’t overlook the soil if you want your orchard to thrive.

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Health Canada approves Arctic apples for growth and sale

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Health Canada has approved two varieties of Arctic apples, Arctic Granny Smith and Arctic Golden Delicious, for growth and sale in Canada.
The announcement was made on the Health Canada website five weeks after deregulation was

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A model for apple thinning

Carbohydrate model and good weather information support grower decisions for apple thinning.

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Stress-free thinning

The model ensures it’s the trees that are stressed, not you.

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Take the guesswork out of thinning

A predictive model enables growers to be in a planning mode rather than a crisis mode at chemical thinning time.

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Precision pollination

Mechanical pollination could end use of chemicals or hand labor for thinning.

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Satellite imagery updated

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Wilbur-Ellis Company has reached an agreement with Planet Labs to provide satellite imagery for its AgVerdict software.

AgVerdict is a decision-making tool that combines field-specific data with agronomists’ knowledge to maximize a grower’s return on investment.

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Portable tester measures sugar, color, and maturity

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Felix Instruments has introduced a hand-held meter for instantly and non-destructively measuring sugar content, color, and maturity of fruit. The F-750 NIR Handheld Produce Quality Meter enables producers to track fruit ripeness at every stage

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Cool, wet soils trigger chlorosis

Avoid early spring irrigation to avoid chlorosis problems in Concord vineyards.

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Living with spotted wing drosophila

Five years later, what have we learned?

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Intrexon to acquire Okanagan Specialty Fruits for $41 million

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Intrexon Corporation, of Germantown, Maryland, a company focusing on synthetic biology products, has agreed to acquire Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), of Summerland, British Columbia, the pioneering agricultural company that created the non-browning Arctic apple.

The announcement

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WSU will add to tree fruit faculty

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Washington Stat

e University plans to hire several new faculty over the next couple of years to work specifically on issues important to the tree fruit industry.

The university is interviewing three candidates to fill the position

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Munckhof machine makes inroads: 2014 IFTA Italy

The harvest machine is widely used around the world but has only recently been sold in the United States.

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SWD research continues

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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

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Fryhover: USDA’s Arctic apple decision means differentiation and education will be imperative

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The recent approval by USDA of the Arctic apple brands wasn’t unforeseen by our industry. We have been preparing for months knowing that approval was coming.

Washington and other U.S. apple-producing states have provided comments and

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Schlect: A cold Arctic blast

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● USDA announced last Friday its deregulation of a Canadian firm’s–Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc.–two varieties (Granny Smith and Golden) of GMO apples, one day in advance of a three-day weekend. This is not unusual timing

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

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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.

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Flavor reigns at Andy’s Orchard

Andy Mariani and his tree-ripened fruit have a cult-like following.

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