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Doorninks share yield-boosting strategies

Growers harvest more apples than they once thought possible.

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Fresh-cut path for Woot Froot

Kim Gaarde did the impossible by bringing fresh-sliced pears, peaches, and nectarines to consumers.

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Results rise with adjuvants

Bread yeast shows potential for improving pesticide performance.

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Hedging to improve quality

A Washington grower-packer foresees multiple benefits from mechanical pruning.

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Des Layne takes new WSU position in Pullman

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Dr. Desmond Layne, hired by Washington State University three years ago as its tree fruit extension leader, has moved from Wenatchee to the Pullman campus to take a new administrative position affective September 1.

Layne has

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A pear a day…

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Pears could have multiple health benefits, according to preliminary research at the North Dakota State University in Fargo.

Researchers there studied whether the peel, pulp, and juice of pears could help prevent and manage type-2 diabetes,

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Help with hedging

When can mechanical pruning be done and will it increase fruit sunburn?

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Growers transition to fresh market apples

Growers are moving from processing to fresh apple varieties, but it takes time.

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Researchers honored at Hort Science conference

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Four postharvest physiologists fared well in early August, gaining recognition for their work during the American Society for Horticultural Science annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Elizabeth Mitcham was named Outstanding International Horticulturist. She is director

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Embrace wine diversity

A veteran winemaker gives tips on making wines from cool and warm sites.

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Warm and cool site challenges

Yield management is critical when growing Cabernet Sauvignon in a cool site.

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Safe product repels drosophila

Butyl anthranilate also deters egg laying by spotted wing drosophila flies.

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SnapDragon lacks vigor

New variety has a snappy flavor, but is no dragon when it comes to tree growth.

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Intrexon buys biological insect control company, Oxitec

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Intrexon Corporation, of Germantown, Maryland, a company that describes itself as involved in synthetic biology, has agreed to buy Oxitec, of Oxford, England, a pioneer in biological insect control.

Both of these companies have appeared in

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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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