Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

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

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WSU will add to tree fruit faculty

  • February 27th, 2015

Washington Stat

e University plans to hire several new faculty over the next couple of years to work specifically on issues important to the tree fruit industry.

The university is interviewing three candidates to fill the position of Extension Specialist Tim Smith, who officially retired last August but continues to work [...]

SWD research continues

  • February 25th, 2015

Great progress has been made in the last five years in learning about spotted wing drosophila, but much more is needed, says a Washington State University entomologist.

Dr. Betsy Beers of WSU checked off a list of things that have been accomplished in the last five years of living with [...]

  • Schlect: A cold Arctic blast

Schlect: A cold Arctic blast

  • February 17th, 2015

● USDA announced last Friday its deregulation of a Canadian firm’s–Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc.–two varieties (Granny Smith and Golden) of GMO apples, one day in advance of a three-day weekend. This is not unusual timing for controversial announcements by federal agencies. It almost guarantees a muted response in the [...]

  • Corr: Was USDA’s GMO decision a black cat crossing America’s orchards?

Corr: Was USDA’s GMO decision a black cat crossing America’s orchards?

  • February 17th, 2015

To hear some critics tell it, the government’s decision Friday the 13th to deregulate a GMO apple was bad luck for growers and consumers. You could almost see the black cat crossing America’s orchards.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it would deregulate two apple varieties genetically engineered to resist [...]

  • Stark Bro’s testing new apple Scarlet Star

Stark Bro’s testing new apple Scarlet Star

  • February 13th, 2015

Stark Bro’s Nurseries and Orchards Company is testing a new apple, named Scarlet Star, that was discovered as a whole-tree mutation in an orchard in Howard City, Michigan.

It was found about six years ago by Wayne Watts, who owns the orchard and farm market where it was discovered. He’s [...]