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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|0 Comments

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

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Can science strengthen graft unions?

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

An experiment to stimulate stronger grafts on brittle Geneva 41 rootstocks reveals promise but no clear path.

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Club model seems to be working for SweeTango growers, consumers

February 15th, 2017|1 Comment

Sweet SweeTango

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Is your orchard robot ready? – Video

February 15th, 2017|2 Comments

Industry leaders break out crystal ball to help growers prepare for ‘game changers.’

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Blazing a trail for female growers

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

International Fruit Tree Association launches women’s group to provide education, mentorship.

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New research aims to learn more about hard cider apples

February 12th, 2017|1 Comment

Michigan State project peels away the unknowns of hard cider apples.

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Rosé Cider Anyone?

February 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Red-juiced apples give cidermakers a new color for their palettes, and may fill other needs as well.

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Speakers dig into geological topics on final day of wine grape grower meetings

February 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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It’s taken for granted that everyone attending the Washington Winegrowers meeting in Kennewick, Washington believes

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Clusters along the Columbia

February 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Next to towering basalt cliffs, Washington winemaker finds great climate for growing grapes.

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Hansen: A focus on wine research

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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As the first year of the Washington wine industry’s amplified research program is now behind

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NGWI picks 13 board members, 3 officers

February 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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Thirteen board members and three officers were elected at the National Grape & Wine Initiative

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Have your grapevines weathered the weather?

February 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

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It’s been a very wintery winter in the Northwest. While temperatures have not dipped below

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Michigan researcher finds drastic pruning shows promise for cherries

February 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

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Whole tree renewal is an admittedly wild notion, but it appears to be working, according

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Researchers advocate whole tree renewal pruning

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Replace traditional limb-by-limb method by starting over, one tree at a time

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New postharvest fungicide idea comes from an old place

January 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Natamycin emerges as a possible nontoxic postharvest fungicide.

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Targeting bacterial pathogens in cold storage with ozone

January 26th, 2017|0 Comments

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Much is still unknown about contamination risks from pathogens in fruit packing warehouses. Researchers across

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New webcast talks about fire blight resistance to antibiotics

January 25th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Plant Management Network has released a new web presentation called “Fire Blight and Streptomycin

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Safeguarding Honeycrisp from storage disorders

January 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Packers have options to help protect against Honeycrisp storage disorders.

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Beating bitter pit in Honeycrisp

January 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers look for postharvest strategies to reduce bitter pit risks in Honeycrisp.

  • Plant Physiologist David Rudell at the USDA’s Tree Fruit Research Laboratory in Wenatchee, Washington.

Seeing scald before it happens with new tool

January 25th, 2017|0 Comments

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Warehouses employ a variety of strategies to prevent superficial scald from spoiling apples during storage,

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Empire State Producers Expo: Thursday wrapup

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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When placing the end post of your orchard trellis system, think of a game of

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Ariane Stechmann, Young Grower from Hamburg, Germany

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Ariane is the oldest of four siblings who make up the family’s

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Grape and wine research review rescheduled for Jan. 30-31

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Washington State Grape and Wine Research Program’s research review has been rescheduled for January

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Empire State Producers Expo: Wednesday wrapup

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

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A sparsely attended but lively discussion about H-2A guest workers highlighted Wednesday’s proceedings at the

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Where do you match consumer expectations?

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Economists quantify importance of fruit qualities based on differing perspectives of producers, packers and consumers.

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Problematic pairings with Geneva 935

January 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Certain scion strains show mysterious tree decline symptoms when combined with Geneva 935 rootstocks.

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British Columbia’s government replant program aims at farm renewal

January 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Program's not just about new varieties, it's replanting recharged

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Moffitt: All pears, all the time

January 13th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Pear Bureau is celebrating 85 years of promoting the beautiful and delicious pears nurtured

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Cuban farms: Making virtue from necessity

January 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Shortages of fuel, chemicals and machinery make Cuban farms organic but not efficient.

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Insider tips to avoid growing an $8 box of fruit

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Success from tree to market

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GMO Arctic Apple gets new logo and higher profile

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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Okanagan Speciality Fruits continues to raise the profile of its genetically modified Arctic Apples with

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How does smoke affect wine grapes?

December 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Researcher tests the effects of wildfire smoke on grapes and wine

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Finding the right people

December 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Orchards and packing houses aren’t the only places in the fruit industry with a labor shortage. Universities also are struggling to hire researchers and educators needed to keep the industry ahead of pest pressures, prepared for food safety requirements, growing new varieties and in tune with emerging technology.

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Coastal California apple growers hold on through relationship with Martinelli’s

December 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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One hundred years ago, Watsonville, California, was one of the apple leaders of the world,

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The GMO apple has arrived

December 27th, 2016|5 Comments

“It’s not going away,” says Neal Carter of Okanagan Specialty Fruit.

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Tracking fire blight

December 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

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This past summer, a team of researchers armed with scissors walked through a North Central

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RosBREED, part II

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Consumers want great tasting fruit with few or no blemishes. Growers want that, too, but

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Robert: More cider apples are needed to meet soaring demand

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Why should anyone bother growing cider fruit?

Let’s start with what cider fruit is.

There are more

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Cold-hardy apple variety draws interest for hard ciders

December 21st, 2016|0 Comments

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Sometimes good things come in large packages.

For the owner of a small orchard in New

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WSU Extension plans 2017 winter tree fruit programs

December 15th, 2016|0 Comments

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Tree fruit producers and industry professionals are invited to five WSU Tree Fruit Extension Programs

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Hansen: Vineyard mechanization – Is grape quality impacted?

December 14th, 2016|3 Comments

New research has the potential to save wine grape growers millions in labor costs.

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Sazo: Recruiting – and keeping – workers

December 12th, 2016|0 Comments

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Even as growers plant high-density orchards that require significant labor to maintain, many still lack

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Watch this year’s Hort Show video summaries

December 9th, 2016|0 Comments

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WSTFA annual meeting — Wednesday wrapup

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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Farm transfer planning and lending were the topics in one Wednesday morning session about “Future

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Day two of the WSTFA annual meeting, afternoon summary – Video

December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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Researchers are still working to get the word out to the industry about the requirements

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Day two of the WSTFA annual meeting, morning summary – Videos

December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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Technology and mechanization led the topics for the second day at the Washington State Tree

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Wrapping up day one of the WSTFA annual meeting – Video

December 5th, 2016|0 Comments

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Two words can sum up Monday afternoon’s session of the 112th annual meeting of the

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Cosmic Crisp to be grown overseas: Hort Show Preview

December 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Some Washington producers are caught off guard by international propagation plans for WA 38.