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How to harvest and store WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) apples

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Earlier Good Fruit Grower articles have described the taste and horticultural traits of the recently commercialized apple cultivar WA 38. In this article, we want to focus on the unique qualities of WA 38 fruit

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Use winter weeds to improve soil

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Winter weeds are a cheap way of improving and adding organic matter to soil. It is costly and difficult to sow a cover crop on the tree row, so let winter weeds do the job

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Manage nutrients precisely

There are both environmental and economic advantages to matching fertilizer applications to the trees’ needs.

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Update your fertilizer strategies

When you’re ­fertilizing trees, visualize their root systems.

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Changing of the guard at Summit

Wally Heuser’s nursery and variety management companies have new owners.

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Online DAS aids with pest decisions

Fees will allow WSU’s Internet-based Decision Aid System to introduce new, cool features.

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Sweet Rosa Lynn

José Ramirez’s daughter is named after apple named after his wife.

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Full meal deal

Seed meal may be more expensive than fumigation, but it has additional benefits.

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New replant disease treatment

Seed meal treatments outperform fumigation.

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Who will pick the fruit? : 2014 Growers of the Year

Craig O’Brien designs his orchards to be attractive to workers.

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Collaborative approach: 2014 Growers of the Year

O’Brien brothers are known for their innovation and collaboration.

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Quiet innovators – 2014 Growers of the Year

Brothers Craig and Mike O’Brien have been testing the limits of tree density in an effort to maximize yields and stay competitive. Their innovative and inspiring approach has earned them the title of Good Fruit Growers of the Year.

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Distinguished Service Award: Harold Thome

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Harold Thome is old enough to remember his dad packing apples into barrels for shipment to Chicago 200 miles away.

But remembering doesn’t make him nostalgic for the old days.

Thome, 82, has a thoroughly modern apple

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Sweet Rosa Lynn

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The new apple variety Rosa Lynn is named after the wives of the two people who discovered it in an orchard at Royal City, Washington.

In 1998, José Ramirez, orchard manager at Stein-Manzana, and Dain Craver,

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Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

A shift from ladders to illuminated platforms allows pickers to work day or night.

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Mylar machine moves fast

Antonio Montoya invented a machine that takes most of the labor out of laying a reflective mulch.

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A tale of two harvesters

Two ladderless apple harvest machines vie for grower approval. They are now for sale.

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Understanding how tart cherry trees work is key to quality and cost control

Ask an orchard manager, just how good a job do you have to do to keep it producing high quality fruit year after year?

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Sensors help classify insects

New research holds promise for growers.

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Automated trap simplifies research

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Researchers at Michigan State University used the SemiosBio automated “camera trap” monitoring system last season as a research tool.

According to Dr. Larry Gut and his associate Peter McGhee, besides wanting to see what insects land

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Fighting food fraud with forensics

Each apple has a chemical fingerprint that links it to the place it was grown.

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Remote pest managment with automated traps

With an electronic trap and wireless network, growers can spend less time scouting in the orchard.

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Growers sought for Piqa pears

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The New Zealand company Prevar is looking for orchardists in North America who would like to grow new Piqa brand pear varieties developed in New Zealand. Prevar commercializes fruit varieties bred by Plant and Food

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Washington State University to develop genomic database

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Washington State University has been awarded a five-year $2 million grant to build and maintain a national system for sharing digital plant genetic resources. It will be known as the National Research Support Project 10. Forty scientists

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Applying precision agriculture to tree fruit

Precision agriculture helps growers optimize returns.

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Removing variability to improve crop uniformity

Precision agriculture allows farms to be managed in zones

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Ideas from Mars

Horticulturist takes inspiration from NASA to envision crews of robots in the orchard.

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Time’s right for precision ag

An effort to introduce variable-rate fertilizer applications in orchards was 20 years ahead of its time.

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Labor worries spur automation effort

Washington scientists are looking for worldwide collaborators to work on automated harvesting.

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RosBREED extended with new SCRI grant of $10 million

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Ten million dollars in new funding will transform the RosBREED project from a research program devoted to genetic discovery into a more focused, practical phase of breeding fruit crops resistant to diseases.

The new funding comes

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Robots that fly

UAVs—also known as drones—are waiting in the wings to come into orchards and vineyards.

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Controlling the stinkers

Strides have been made against brown marmorated stinkbug.

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Exploring on-farm hydropower

After helping growers install superior fish screens, the Farmers Conservation Alliance is looking at the potential for turbines in canals.

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Optical sorters come to wineries

The same type of high-tech sorting equipment used by tree fruit packers is being adopted in the wine industry.

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Multi-row sprayers offer great improvements in timeliness

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As more growers move toward modern, high-density planting systems to improve yield and orchard management, the sprayer output needs to be matched to the modern canopy. The closely planted trees of today’s modern orchard require

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Northern Grapes Project gets $2.6 million in added funding

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The Northern Grapes Project has received an additional $2.6 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crops Research Initiative to complete the final two years of the multistate effort, which began in

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Research tackles decay issue

A new project will focus on controlling decay and finding pollinizers that are not disease hosts.

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Ste. Michelle hosts rootstock trial

This is one of the first full-scale rootstock trials in a commercial vineyard

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Chose plant material wisely

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates will plant nematode-resistant rootstocks for the first time in Washington on a small scale.

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New York varieties come to market

Production of two new apples developed at Cornell is ramping up.

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Stemilt to manage new Minnesota apple

MN55 offers Honeycrisp qualities a month earlier.

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European consumers like bicolored apples

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European consumers prefer bicolored apples and in some countries, including Germany, they associate dark red apples with mealiness.

European Fruit Magazine reported recently on research by Katrin Korsten from the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in

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Marketer is smitten

Randy Steensma thinks the New Zealand apple Smitten has a big future.

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Growers and consumers like the look of WA 38

Growers to plant WA 38 in 2017

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24 lucky Cosmic Crisp winners

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Washington State University has announced the winners of a drawing held to decide who will be able to purchase the first trees of the new apple variety Cosmic Crisp (WA 38 cultivar), which will be

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Cider demand outstrips supply

It takes the right fruit to produce good hard cider.

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Expect to wait for cider apple trees

Most major nurseries don’t carry cider apples in their inventories.

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The hard trials of growing cider apples

Be prepared for a large investment and modest yields.

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An early Honeycrisp debuts

A new strain ripens three weeks earlier than the standard Honeycrisp.

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Line built specially for Rainiers

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Chelan Fruit Cooperative, one of the largest packers of Rainier cherries in Washington State, built a new packing facility this year that was specially designed to handle the delicate yellow cherry variety.

Chelan Fruit, which has

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