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Northwest organic pear growers opt out of assessments

August 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Organic Pearxit

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Food safety sets tone at 2016 U.S. Apple meeting

August 25th, 2016|0 Comments

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Illnesses caused by foodborne pathogens are becoming much easier to track and investigate, and new

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Getting employees to switch from ladders to platforms

August 24th, 2016|1 Comment

All aboard

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New tools to determine fruit quality parameters

August 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Several devices and methods to measure fruit quality have been introduced to the market — here’s a look at what they do.

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Bouncing back bigger and better

August 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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Eleven months to the day after a wildfire destroyed a packing house in central Washington,

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Trellis guide for high-density plantings in the works

August 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Trellis fails: Researchers aim to produce guide for growers

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Promising progress for solid-set delivery

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

MSU research team improves system to reduce chemical waste.

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Woods: Getting ready for FSMA

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

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Even as retailers continue to up the ante by adding more restrictive food safety requirements

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Troublesome pest makes a comeback

August 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Thought to be eradicated years ago, grape rootworm has returned to New York and Pennsylvania vineyards.

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Hansen: Certified plants are only the first step

August 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Growers need to monitor for virus in early years of a “clean” vineyard.

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Know your risks with Early Robin

August 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Early blush variety comes with growing challenges.

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Bearing down on black stem borers – VIDEO

July 29th, 2016|1 Comment

New York researchers working to stop one of the newest apple pests.

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IFTA in New York: much ado about mechanization

July 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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Front and center at the International Fruit Tree Association’s 2016 Study Tour: mechanization.

Mechanical pruning and

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Oregon Cherry Growers launch Stabilized Wild Blueberries

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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Oregon Cherry Growers, a grower-owned cooperative based in Salem, Oregon, announced they have launched Stabilized

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Tracking pathogens

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Whole genome sequencing tracks pathogens, perhaps to your door.

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What is whole genome sequencing?

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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Over the past year or so, whole genome sequencing has gotten a lot of attention

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Dininny: How FSMA impacts you

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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Food safety.

Perhaps no two words have frustrated U.S. fruit growers more — growers who believe

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Managing mummy berry

July 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers aim to improve control for blueberry disease.

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New peach and nectarine varieties help Eastern growers compete

July 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Marketing challenges in the Mid-Atlantic

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SweeTango dancing in bigger numbers

July 13th, 2016|0 Comments

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The product of a breeding program at the University of Minnesota, the SweeTango apple variety

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Simple steps for water sampling

July 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers are educating packing house operators and growers about proper water sampling methods in orchards and vineyards.

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Water sampling 101

July 13th, 2016|1 Comment

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In a recent interview with Good Fruit Grower, UC-Davis researchers Melissa Partyka, Ronald Bond and

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The math of food safety

July 13th, 2016|0 Comments

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Melissa Partyka, research ecologist at the Western Center for Food Safety at the University of

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Assessment analyzes risk for spread of apple maggot

July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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A trio of pest consultants has concluded that transporting urban organic waste would likely spread

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Senate passes GMO labelling bill; next it goes to the House

July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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A bill that would establish a nationwide requirement for labelling of genetically-modified ingredients in food

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Reinventing the string thinner (Video)

July 7th, 2016|0 Comments

California cling peach grower modifies Darwin for nonplanar orchards.

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Wine grape revelations

July 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Survey finds research program matches growers’ needs, but more education efforts may be necessary.

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Five other grapes grown to resist the cold

June 28th, 2016|0 Comments

These varieties were developed to withstand Minnesota’s winters.

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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