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Khot: Drone data for agriculture

February 25th, 2018|0 Comments

While it seems the sky’s the limit, using unmanned aircraft in your orchard requires some caution.

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Mullinax: Are you ready for liftoff?

February 25th, 2018|0 Comments

A few things to consider before launching an ag drone initiative.

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IFTA explores Nelson, New Zealand

February 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

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Attendees at the International Fruit Tree Association study tour had a visitor of their own

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Taking the fight to fire blight

February 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Risk is higher in Washington this season for deadly orchard disease. Here’s what you need to do.

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Researchers are rethinking replant

February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Field trials underway to see if biological alternatives to fumigation can be a practical option for apple growers

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Be on the lookout for little cherry

February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Scouting for symptoms in orchards is key to preventing, controlling little cherry disease.

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WSU hires McCord and Northfield for two tree fruit positions

February 15th, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington State University has hired two new researchers — a cherry breeder and an entomologist

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Follow our editors while they report on the IFTA New Zealand visit

February 15th, 2018|0 Comments

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Editor Shannon Dininny and Photojournalist TJ Mullinax are in New Zealand, covering the study tour

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20 years in the making

February 12th, 2018|1 Comment

Milbrandt brothers look back on two decades in Washington’s wine grape industry as they open the state’s largest custom wine bottling operation.

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No-dig trellis is on solid ground

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Agricultural engineer uses steel posts and concrete footings for above-ground trellis system.

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Should you grow vertical or V?

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

That’s the question when preparing for robotic pickers in your orchard.

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The good and bad of different rootstocks

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Nursery owner warns growers it’s not as simple as asking which rootstock is the best.

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Watch and learn

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Michigan State University’s new video series highlights grape and wine research.

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Good to Know: Signs of brittle graft unions

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers have new findings on Geneva 41.

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Peach rootstock trial tests options for size control

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers start with the roots to shrink trees.

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On the hunt for nematodes

February 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington researchers launch big-picture project to figure out how best to protect vineyards against root parasites.

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Using palissage to slow vigorous vines

February 5th, 2018|2 Comments

Tucking or wrapping shoots to slow growth offers promising alternative to hedging for canopy control in Cornell trials.

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Five tips for tying grapevines

February 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Michigan State University viticulture extension educator has some tricks to make work easier in the vineyard.

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Scharlau: Progress, process and unity

February 5th, 2018|1 Comment

Washington Winegrowers has mission to be an industry voice for both growers and vinters.

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A flash of enhancement for red grapes

February 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Hopes are high that new technology can improve Michigan reds.

  • Oliver May, a young grower from Alderdale, Washington

Oliver May, a young grower from Alderdale, Washington

February 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/ Oliver started farming at age 27 with his parents, Milo and Kay May,

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Hansen: Two sciences must grow together

January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Grape growing research must not ignore the research involved in winemaking.

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The ripe way for pears in postharvest

January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Specialist Rob Blakey makes industrywide recommendations for postharvest pear ripening.

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After loss, important postharvest research continues

January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Colleagues carry on cherry and pear postharvest projects of the late Yan Wang of Oregon State University, with some intriguing new findings.

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Researchers discover a coat of armor for cherries

January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

A thin film of gum acacia shows promise to prevent splitting in packing house trials.

  • John Grubb, a young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

John Grubb, a young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

January 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/ John is a fourth-generation cherry grower who pursued degrees in sustainable agriculture, integrated

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Ohio grower adds a touch of tech to his orchard

January 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Former information-technology specialist uses computer skills in pick-your-own venture.

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The challenges of storing organic apples

January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

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Last season, Washington harvested 13 million boxes of organic apples and even more are expected

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Blakey: Important lessons at Postharvest Fruit School

January 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Washington State University event scheduled for March 20-22.

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Bringing antique apples back to market

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Michigan grower finds niche with abundance of heritage varieties.

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Growing big with Genevas

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Third-year Washington trial offers new insight into cropping capabilities.

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Going green with reds and whites

January 17th, 2018|1 Comment

Will the investment in eco-certification for your vineyard pay off? It depends.

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It’s boom time for organics

January 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington’s organic apple growers adding 10,000 new acres in just a few years.

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A cool place for cherry exports

January 9th, 2018|0 Comments

New facility to improve cherry movement through Sea-Tac.

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Washington wine people meet Jan.18-19 to discuss research

January 5th, 2018|1 Comment

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The Washington State Wine Commission will hold its annual Research Review on January 18 and

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Conner Sullivan, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

January 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Conner along with his cousin Clint Sullivan started their business after growing

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Three Cornell ag researchers retire

January 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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Three faculty members from Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station have retired. Together,

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Computer vision systems can count apples and provide a new perspective on crop load

December 30th, 2017|0 Comments

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To the casual observer, the row after row of ripe, red apples on trellises looks

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Growing by the acres

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Results from Washington state questionnaire help paint picture of shifting fruit industry.

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Yes, your spray nozzles need to be replaced on a regular basis.

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Nozzle nagging

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Nation’s oldest commercial winery back in operation in Kentucky

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

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Years of research and a good helping of serendipity led to the exact location of

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Insurance beyond apples

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

A proposed tree policy could protect the investment in today’s orchards.

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Verification program lets growers show off their stewardship

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

A good sign for growers

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For plants, it’s not easy being clean

December 26th, 2017|0 Comments

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Starting a new orchard or vineyard with clean plants is the best way for growers

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Learning Cosmic lessons

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers offer the latest horticultural, packing tips for new Washington State University apple variety.

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Protecting intellectual property

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Managers of new Washington State University-bred apple variety use high-tech software to protect intellectual property rights.

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New idea for controlling crop load

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

New Zealand researchers studying artificial spur extinction to help with crop load management.

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Feds extending FSMA sampling deadlines

December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Water sampling rules will now start in 2022, rather than 2018.

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OSU research shows best techniques for organic blueberries

December 18th, 2017|0 Comments

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Planting in raised beds, using a weed mat mulch and finding a fertilizer compatible with

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Register for the 75th annual Cherry Institute

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

The 75th annual Cherry Institute is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 12 at the Yakima Convention Center in central Washington. Also, nominations are wanted for marketing committees