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Gökhan Öztürk’s fruitful journey

November 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Turkish fruit breeder visits Washington to gain insights into fruit breeding at WSU.

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Big hopes for a big cherry

November 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Large-growing Tamara showing early promise, but it’ll be a few seasons before the verdict is in.

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Blakey joins Stemilt

November 16th, 2017|0 Comments

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Rob Blakey has left his Washington State University endowed position as the tree fruit extension

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Oregon State looking for cherry growers to develop pest plan

November 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Oregon State University is looking for sweet cherry growers in the Northwest to help develop a long-term Integrated Pest Management plan.

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Wine gaining ground in Michigan

November 15th, 2017|0 Comments

New Michigan wine collaborative aims to shape state’s industry.

  • Visit to Wagner Vineyards in the Finger Lakes

Riesling for those rainy days

November 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Growers in the Finger Lakes figure out how to grow European grapes in challenging conditions.

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The hunt for great grape genes

November 7th, 2017|0 Comments

New funding enables research to continue to develop DNA markers to breed better grapes.

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N.Y. grape growers vote ‘no’ to research assessment

November 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Decision marks move toward more regional approach after narrow rejection of assessment.

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James Bukovinsky, a young grower working in Benton City, Washington

November 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / James grew up in Woodinville, Washington, and earned an environmental science degree

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Wine industry involvement can help research come alive

November 6th, 2017|1 Comment

Insightful input: A Good Point by Melissa Hansen

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Seeing red in the vineyard

October 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Both biotic and abiotic causes can turn grape leaves red. Here’s what you should look for.

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Scouting strategies

October 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Your vineyard scouts probably aren’t sampling nearly as randomly as you think they are.

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Organic apple production remains complicated in the Northeastern U.S.

October 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Organic apple production remains complicated in the Northeastern U.S., but one grower has figured out how to make a profit on processing apples.

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Organics programs need all voices

October 25th, 2017|0 Comments

A sticky situation: Industry is urging growers to get involved with standards board.

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A better bitter pit predictor

October 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Measuring tree vigor and peel chemistry gives the best indication which fruit is at risk.

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Independent grower not afraid to try different techniques

October 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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On White Trail Road near Quincy, Washington, just past a development of small homes and

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Average apple harvest likely in U.S.

October 10th, 2017|1 Comment

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U.S. apple growers won’t see a record crop this season, though tough weather conditions for

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The variabilities of Honeycrisp: Good To Know

October 9th, 2017|2 Comments

Research Commission surveys quality, availability of Honeycrisp at retail.

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Devon Wade, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon

October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / After serving several tours overseas in the U.S. Army, Devon joined his

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High hopes for Harvista

October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Canadian growers gain access to 1-MCP for apple orchards.

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Thinking ahead about thinning – 2017 IFTA

October 4th, 2017|0 Comments

Precision crop management skills help Michigan growers cut back on expensive hand thinning.

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Following the high-density leaders – 2017 IFTA

October 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Michigan’s early adopters of high-density systems share tips for multiple leaders and cropping techniques.

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Wa Tree Fruit Research Commission is hiring

September 28th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, an agency whose work is invaluable to the tree

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The global fire blight fight

September 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Belgian researchers at pcfruit are examining biocontrols and detection methods for fire blight.

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Conference pear challenge

September 27th, 2017|0 Comments

After going all-in with Conference pears, have Belgian growers reached a tipping point?

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Disease-seeking drone research

September 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Belgian scientists research using drones, multispectral sensors to detect fire blight in pear orchards.

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Tools for counting the crop

September 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Combining low-tech crop load samples with high-tech maps could make vineyards more efficient.

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Growers in pursuit of precision agriculture

September 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers and growers in New York aim to push high-density orchards to peak performance.

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WSDA seeking participants for vineyard study

September 19th, 2017|1 Comment

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is looking for participants for their vineyard survey.

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Sustainable and less sticky solutions for pear psylla

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

New pear IPM project looks at potential for biocontrols and pest repellents.

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Packers improve, impress with pears

September 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Wenatchee pear packers show Interpera group new technology on their lines.

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Customers are willing to pay a premium only on high quality, fresh sliced pears

September 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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A premium price
Recently, a willingness-to-pay study has shown that consumers are willing to pay up

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Arctic armor: Methods of combating frost

September 6th, 2017|0 Comments

New frost prevention investments by Michigan growers paid off during 2017 bloom-time frost.

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The Endicott Tree: National treasure hedged in by time and development

August 31st, 2017|0 Comments

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Hidden from view, down an embankment in an unremarkable business park north of Boston stands

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The high-tech promise of hands-off

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Mechanization researchers have seen quality improvements along with possibilities of cost savings.

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X-ray vision to see ice formation inside buds

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

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Using an advanced type of X-ray imaging to examine ice formation inside wild grape buds,

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Same grapes, different names – Cynthiana and Norton

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

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A long-running debate over grapes in Missouri and Arkansas has been put to rest by

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Be aware of shortcomings with Malling 9 rootstock

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

High summer temperatures and shallow soils can adversely affect canopy development and yield.

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Researchers put virus theory to trial in G.935 decline

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Pathogen probe

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Allan Bros. paces innovation

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Longtime Washington fruit company leads the way with development of new technologies, including collaboration on vacuum picker.

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Cherry pesticide residue survey results available

August 17th, 2017|0 Comments

The results of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission’s seventh annual cherry pesticide residue survey are now available.

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A better way to spray

August 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Application tech specialist from Ontario finds crop-adapted spraying reduces pesticide use by an average of 25 percent.

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A layman’s guide to reading research articles

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

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Two Washington State University extension specialists have released a free guide to help readers wade

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Entomologists join WSU for pear IPM project

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

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Two new entomologists have joined the Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center

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Sunburn and sunscald: Beware the warning signs – Video

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Sunburn and sunscald research underway in sunny Chile could lead to tools that would benefit growers in all arid regions.

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Orchard mechanization gains momentum

August 8th, 2017|5 Comments

Growers increasingly find ways to adopt new technologies across all four seasons.

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Willett: Taking advantage of technology

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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The desire to automate segments of the tree fruit industry isn’t new.

At its formation, as

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Cornell berry workshop set for Aug. 29

July 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Cornell University will hold a berry crop field workshop at Aug. 29 at the Berry Patch in Stephentown, N.Y.

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Overcoming the pear plateau: Interpera 2017 – Video

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Growers gather to share ideas to increase production, which has been flat for the past 10 years around most of the world.