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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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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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