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  • The honeycrisp experience, part three

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”

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Let vigor be your guide : Video

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Precision crop load management strategies lower risk and raise fruit quality.

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How to manage weeds and nitrogen in organic orchards

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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Managing weeds and maintaining nitrogen in organic apple production is an expensive and labor-intensive task.

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Grower says bloom thinning by hand gets the results he wants

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Let hands take hold

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Too hot to handle calcium

April 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Unusually warm, dry weather reduces the effectiveness of calcium sprays for growers in the Eastern United States.

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What’s your ideal orchard system?

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Finding the ideal system for your orchards can be trial and error, but luckily, Mike Robinson likes to experiment.

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Which comes first, the trellis or the trees?

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Allan says he prefers to plant the dormant, cut-back sleeping eyes for the V-trellis system

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Fertilizer tips to maximize baby tree growth

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Nourishing new orchards

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New methods to get from bud to bin : Videos

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Tree system architecture for apple orchards a key topic for IFTA speakers, grower tours.

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The latest on FF Robotics’ machine harvester

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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IFTA’s summer field tour in New York last year focused on automation technologies and growers

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Healthy cherries from the ground up

April 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Diagnostic tools will prevent you from paying for too much fertilizer.

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Pear psylla, just like spider mites, showing resistance to pesticides

April 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Resistance is inevitable

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Staying on top of trends and tastes : Video

April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

For apple growers, domestic and global markets hold promising opportunities if you know what to look for.

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How’s the quality of your water?

April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Research helps to develop guidelines for dealing with salinity, sodicity in the vineyard.

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Help for blossom thinning

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Better crop management models available for Honeycrisp, Granny Smith and Red Delicious.

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Researcher convinced he can replace honeybees

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

WSU horticulturist secures three more years of funding for mechanical pollination research.

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What’s killing these trees?

March 29th, 2017|1 Comment

Pathologists hope a survey of Northeast apple growers will provide clues in the case of rapid apple decline.

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Don’t invest in unwanted shoot growth

March 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

With spring approaching in the Northern Hemisphere, a new season for orchardists starts with flowers, new leaves and shoots — and much anxiety.

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Fighting honeybee decline with instrumental insemination — Video

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

WSU researchers hope to breed better bees

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A new, old bee

March 21st, 2017|0 Comments

From high in the Tien Shan Mountains of Central Asia, Washington State University entomologists Steve Sheppard and Brandon Hopkins have brought home semen from a new strain of honeybees that evolved right alongside the wild apple tree.

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What wildflowers are best to attract bees?

March 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Michigan State University pollination study reveals best attractants for bees that you may want to plant near your trees.

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Following your vines, not your calendar, makes for more successful vineyards

March 20th, 2017|0 Comments

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The key to managing productive vineyards in Washington’s variable climate is to make management decisions

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Mulch madness at Oregon soil workshop

March 16th, 2017|6 Comments

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At a soil health workshop organized by Oregon State University in the Dalles, Oregon, several

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Can earwigs be beneficial in some orchards? – Video

March 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Don’t wig out in bug battle: WSU graduate student set to convince growers how earwigs can be beneficial in some orchards.

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FSMA answers: Preparing your facility

March 9th, 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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Using genetics to create “a birth control pill” for moths

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Gene-editing research could lead to new control for codling moth

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Wine grape research seminar set for April 19

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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Registration is open for Washington Advancements in Viticulture and Enology, a research-focused seminar designed for grape

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Tips to build a trusty trellis

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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Put at least one quarter of a trellis post in the ground, use high-quality wire

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The GMO debate gets more complicated

February 28th, 2017|1 Comment

As growers and regulators try to keep up with advances in genomics, questions arise over what is and is not genetically engineered.

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Cutting-edge technique to keep pathogens away

February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Rutgers researchers hope gene-editing technology can make wine grapes resistant to downy mildew.

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Taming traits from the wild genome

February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

New genetic techniques have made it much faster for breeders to bring blue mold resistance from wild Eurasian apples into modern cultivars.

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Auvil: Are you ready for automated harvests?

February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

What growers need to know to prepare for implementing robotic harvest technology

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Gix: Pear industry unites

February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Industry shares information at Interpera Congress in South Africa, with plans for 10th annual meeting to be held in U.S. for first time.

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Tissue culture company begins selling plants directly to growers – Video

February 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Culture change: Oregon company looks to reduce wait time for key rootstocks

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ITFA Day 3: “From Bud to Bin”

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

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The second day of tours for the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60th annual conference in Washington

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Tips for putting the fight back in fungicide

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

WSU extension specialist shares tips to overcome spray resistance.

  • Cleaning and sanitation workshop

Is it really clean? Aggressive cleaning makes big difference

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Study shows areas with floor, wall damage are key harborage sites for Listeria.

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Woods: Food safety answers

February 23rd, 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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Second day of IFTA conference highlights tree systems, rootstocks and awards

February 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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The second day of the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60 annual conference featured a slew

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First day of IFTA tours focuses on the future

February 21st, 2017|0 Comments

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The first day of orchard tours at the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60th annual conference

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High tunnels extend vineyard growing season

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Mari Vineyards gets up to 25 more growing degree-days for grapes grown under tunnel structures

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Understanding the click pruning technique – Video

February 15th, 2017|2 Comments

Pruning technique puts physiology to work, gets sap flowing to reduce blind wood and manage vigor.