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Honeycrisp sports race toward red

June 27th, 2017|0 Comments

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New varieties aren’t the only things on growers’ minds. They are also thinking about upgrading

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Lots of new apples coming to market

June 26th, 2017|0 Comments

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Appealing taste profiles, earlier harvesting and southern expansions are some of the characteristics of the

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EverCrisp off to a good start

June 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

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EverCrisp, Midwest Apple Improvement Association’s first commercial release, was a hit with customers in Cleveland

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Should Cosmic Crisp have a “utility” grade?

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Questions remain about color standards for new Washington State University variety.

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Cosmic tips to growing WA 38

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

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The first commercial trees were planted this spring of the new apple variety WA 38,

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Apple industry readies itself for the big thing called Cosmic Crisp

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Planting surge of highly hyped Cosmic Crisp is likely to test growers, packers, marketers — and consumers.

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Cornell professor wants you to name his new grape

June 20th, 2017|0 Comments

At twice the size of a Concord, a new grape developed in New York is certainly a mouthful. So is its current name: NY98.0228.02.

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Oregon State to fill 2 vacant hort positions

June 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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Oregon State University will hold two meetings this summer to discuss the filling of two

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Thinking of changing varieties? These growers have some advice.

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Switch decision: Why is this new apple the right variety for me?

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Daunting decisions when making the variety switch

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Weigh all the factors when deciding when and how to switch varieties.

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Limited supply of new NW cherry color cards available

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

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Get ‘em while they last.

New cherry color and size cards from Northwest researchers are available

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What you learn from 50 million years of apple genetic history

June 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Apple germplasm repository in Geneva, New York, contains enormous collection of genetic diversity that likely holds fruit’s deep secrets.

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Ambrosia apple patent opens up

June 7th, 2017|0 Comments

20-year U.S. patent ends on popular club variety.

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Northwest wine grape industry to streamline clean plant regulations

June 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Coming clean at the Clean Plant Center Northwest

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Foundation awards grant to combat spotted wing drosophila

June 7th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit established through bipartisan congressional support in

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Rayapati: Risk of virus problems in field-grafted vineyards

June 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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The increasing demand for grapevines in the Pacific Northwest has many growers turning to field

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Gilbert: Farm Bill bears fruit for all

June 6th, 2017|3 Comments

A Good Fruit Grower Good Point by Sean Gilbert, Gilbert Orchards

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Same grapes, different names

June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

A long running debate over grapes in Missouri and Arkansas has been put to rest by researchers at Missouri State University.

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Fire leads to new way of cherry drying business

May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

High and dry innovation by California cherry family.

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Ripe fruit make the best wine, but why it does may surprise you

May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Getting a handle on hang time

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Old World pest, New World wary

May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

European Cherry Fruit Fly found in Ontario is raising questions about potential consequences in U.S.

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Michigan research examines retractable roof on cherries

May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Open and closed research: Michigan State University cherry expert Gregory Lang is trying a retractable roof system over a cherry orchard at MSU’s Clarksville Research Center.

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Sweethearts offer better returns than Bings in Washington

May 30th, 2017|0 Comments

WSU economists find a sweeter investment in Sweethearts than Bings when comparing production costs.

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Phytelligence partners with Cornell to grow Geneva rootstocks

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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Agriculture biotech company Phytelligence has announced a partnership with Cornell University.

Here’s the news release:
Phytelligence has

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Sugar sours birds on eating valuable cherry crops

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Sweet revenge for bird control

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Ag groups respond to Trump’s proposed budget

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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Here is an ongoing roundup of responses to President Donald Trump’s federal budget proposal, which

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Pscheidt: How to rate viruses

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

With three-dozen different viruses that can be found on cherry trees, which ones do growers need to worry about?

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What’s hiding in your orchard?

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

A survey of cherry viruses in Oregon has turned up none that are new to the Pacific Northwest, which is a good thing. However, at least two new viruses, and possibly a third, have been detected in Oregon for the first time — and two of the three could have a significant impact on cherry production if not controlled.

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How grower renewed aging block of cherry trees

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

A tale of 17 acres

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Make the most of your mulch – Video

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Pruning wood and mowing weeds can provide extra food for soil organisms that help keep trees healthy.

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Tart cherries growers shake it up in the Northwest – Video

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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Under the canopy, a mechanical claw reaches out to grasp the trunk, clamps and shakes

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Glade Brosi, young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Glade is originally from Kentucky and joined Stemilt in 2011 with a

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Reconstructing WSU’s sweet breeding program

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Changes make the WSU sweet cherry breeding program more efficient and focused to set up its new breeder for success.

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WSDA dedicates research greenhouse to study plant viruses

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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The newest research greenhouse in Prosser, Washington, will dramatically expedite and expand the tree fruit

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H-2A expands despite costs

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Even with political questions, legal risks and high costs, growers across the U.S. continue to hire foreign guest workers.

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Scholarships available for IFTA trip to New Zealand

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

IFTA has reserved a limited number of spots on its 2018 New Zealand Study Tour and Annual Conference for recipients of Young Professional Scholarships.

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WSU offering free soil testing

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

WSU Extension is offering free soil health testing to a limited number of growers in Eastern Washington.

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Modernizing the nursery with machines

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Improvements in machines bring increased adaptation.

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What’s next with FSMA?

May 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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Most regulations tied to passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act won’t take effect until

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Food safety answers: What’s in your water? — Videos

May 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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Questions abound about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To keep you abreast of

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Derric Kirschenmann, a young grower from Shafter, California

May 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Derric decided to work alongside his family over a decade ago to grow the business north of Bakersfield.

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WSDA to dedicate state-of-the-art greenhouse

May 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington Department of Agriculture will formally dedicate on May 11 a $750,000 greenhouse intended to support the tree fruit industry.

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Who knew? DNA research shows honeycrisp has a royal ancestor.

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

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A University of Minnesota researcher has found new answers to the origin of Honeycrisp and

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Cost falls to renew pear scald chemical

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Pear industry leads the way to renew growers’ access to the scald-controlling chemical.

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Cider makers embrace regional variation

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

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Google the phrase “The Napa Valley of Hard Cider.”

Turns out, a lot of places,

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Native flora can attract beneficial insects to the vineyards and orchards

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Between rows, think local

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Studies show no downside to trying cover crops in vineyards

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Beneath the vines

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What’s going on down there? Facts about organic matter

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers share knowledge about the underground dynamics of fresh organic matter.

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Gillison’s Variety Fabrication donates mechanical planter to Michigan State University

April 21st, 2017|0 Comments

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A donated piece of equipment will help Michigan State University fruit research stations plant more

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WSU’s continuing search for endowed chair of soil science

April 21st, 2017|0 Comments

“The Soil of Contemplation”