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Minnesota’s dry, cold-hardy white

June 27th, 2016|0 Comments

New white wine grape variety shows resistance to downy, powdery mildew, phylloxera.

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A new way to apply chemicals

June 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Results look promising for solid-set canopy system delivery.

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How to grow the WA 2

June 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Both the WA 2 and the WA 38 were developed by Washington State University specifically

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Corr: Foxtrot dances its way onto the apple scene

June 20th, 2016|1 Comment

Grower Rob Wyles thinks he has a winner.

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Setting sights on the Cosmic Crisp consumer

June 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Fruit marketers band together to develop quality standards for Cosmic Crisp.

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New policy provides guidance for Cosmic Crisp propagation

June 15th, 2016|0 Comments

What about propagating?

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Growing Cosmic Crisp

June 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers offer more tips for growing WA 38, including girdling.

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Breeding for apple consumer preferences

June 7th, 2016|2 Comments

Test orchard plays key role as researchers seek the next great apple variety.

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Trials to improve cider tannins and harvesting

June 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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For some cider makers, tannins are the holy grail of the cider business. Without tannins

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Cider apple variety shortage

June 6th, 2016|2 Comments

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This story has been updated to reflect a correction. 

Increasing interest in hard ciders and a

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The next GMO apple

June 3rd, 2016|16 Comments

Arctic Golden Delicious set to be the first commercial crop of genetically modified apples, plans are underway for an Arctic Fuji.

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Breeders continue effort to develop early cherry varieties

June 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

California breeders continue efforts to develop early cherry varieties.

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Pear growers again hold the line on marketing assessment

June 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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For the fifth year straight, the assessment charged to growers for the federal marketing order

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Breeding better rootstocks

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Michigan State pursues patents for improved cherry rootstocks using plantings in the Pacific Northwest.

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Spraying for powdery mildew

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Study aims to find best time to apply fungicide.

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The problem of powdery mildew

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

WSU researcher to study cherries’ sudden transition from resistant to susceptible during the growing season.

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Suzanne Niemann, a young grower from Yakima, Washington

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

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family background / Suzanne’s love of agriculture grew out of her interest in the sciences.

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Two growers weigh in on cider apple varieties

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

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Two key growers in the cider apple market are weighing in for Good Fruit Grower

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Hoppers at heart of red blotch

May 26th, 2016|1 Comment

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Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have identified the three-cornered alfalfa treehopper (Spissistilus festinus)

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Hansen: Research leads to better control for grape disease

May 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Saved fungicide sprays for powdery mildew keep $2 million-plus in grape growers’ pockets.

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Organic control of SWD

May 25th, 2016|0 Comments

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Researchers are tackling what they call “cultural tactics” to determine nonchemical farming practices — such

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Beakers and breakthroughs in SWD research

May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

California research into spotted wing drosophila sounds like science fiction.

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Changes at Oregon State extension center

May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

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Dr. Peter Shearer has resigned as entomologist at Oregon State University’s Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and

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SWD – How to stop a proliferate pest?

May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Growers and researchers are struggling in efforts to control the spread of spotted wing drosophila.

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Ferguson: Renewed focus on little cherry disease

May 23rd, 2016|2 Comments

Research underway to study leafhopper vectors of Western X.

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Researchers crack the case on why cherries crack

May 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Too much water is a known cause of cherry cracking, but malic acid is a newly identified culprit.

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Controlling cherry cracking

May 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Reducing moisture uptake can help prevent cracking in storage.

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Breeding the new cherry

May 18th, 2016|0 Comments

WSU makes changes to sweet cherry program.

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Optical lines are growing

May 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Upgrades using near-infrared technology to sort fruit are necessary to keep pace with the industry.

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Time to say goodbye for Mimi Nye

May 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Canoe Ridge Estate manager Mimi Nye retires after 35 years with Chateau Ste. Michelle.

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Replacing labor with technology

May 10th, 2016|1 Comment

It can be a challenge for small growers with limited budgets.

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Ag tech

May 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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A new educational program in Yakima, Washington, aims to meet the growing need for agricultural

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Cornell starts up new solar project

May 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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Cornell University’s new Sutton Road Solar Farm is online.

The 2-megawatt energy facility, which was built

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Better ways to spray

May 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Five tips from sprayer training workshop can help limit your pesticide drift.

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Paul Bavaro, a young grower from Escalon, California

April 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Paul is a fourth-generation peach grower who’s been working with his father, Frank, on mechanization trials to help reduce labor costs and improve fruit quality.

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A spray-plus education (Video)

April 29th, 2016|1 Comment

Farm worker teaching team leads the nation in preparing workers for safe use of pesticides.

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Wine grape growers weigh in on Cabernet Sauvignon clones

April 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Clonal choices

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Monitoring the dump tank

April 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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The increasing emphasis on food safety means changes are ahead for tree fruit packing houses.

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The microbes beneath

April 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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Space may be the final frontier, but soil biology is the next frontier. Researchers are

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Not your grandpa’s weather vane

April 27th, 2016|0 Comments

New fruit models, seamless data boost Michigan’s Enviro-weather system.

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Wooly surge

April 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers, looking for answers to hold back woolly apple aphids, find some promise in sandy soils.

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Making the most of mulch

April 27th, 2016|1 Comment

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Organic herbicides don’t match mulch for pear growers.

That’s the conclusion of University of California Cooperative

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Soil-mapping tools available to growers

April 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

High-tech mapping

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Soil tests tell growers what they need to know

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Soil gets a closer look

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Is my soil healthy?

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

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Putting definitive numbers on measures of soil health is a tricky business, because what’s good

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Planting frenzy

April 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Properly preparing the soil can help new plantings thrive.

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Hansen: Test for nutrients before spending big money

April 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Wine industry funded research can save growers money and lead to healthier vineyard soils.

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Watering by the numbers

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Extension specialists take the mystery out of irrigating.

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Changing ideas about water

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Irrigation becomes crucial tool even in well-watered East.