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Beakers and breakthroughs in SWD research

May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

California research into spotted wing drosophila sounds like science fiction.

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Changes at Oregon State extension center

May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

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Dr. Peter Shearer has resigned as entomologist at Oregon State University’s Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and

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SWD – How to stop a proliferate pest?

May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Growers and researchers are struggling in efforts to control the spread of spotted wing drosophila.

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Ferguson: Renewed focus on little cherry disease

May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Research underway to study leafhopper vectors of Western X.

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Researchers crack the case on why cherries crack

May 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Too much water is a known cause of cherry cracking, but malic acid is a newly identified culprit.

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Controlling cherry cracking

May 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Reducing moisture uptake can help prevent cracking in storage.

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Breeding the new cherry

May 18th, 2016|0 Comments

WSU makes changes to sweet cherry program.

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Optical lines are growing

May 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Upgrades using near-infrared technology to sort fruit are necessary to keep pace with the industry.

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Time to say goodbye for Mimi Nye

May 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Canoe Ridge Estate manager Mimi Nye retires after 35 years with Chateau Ste. Michelle.

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Replacing labor with technology

May 10th, 2016|1 Comment

It can be a challenge for small growers with limited budgets.

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Ag tech

May 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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A new educational program in Yakima, Washington, aims to meet the growing need for agricultural

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Cornell starts up new solar project

May 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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Cornell University’s new Sutton Road Solar Farm is online.

The 2-megawatt energy facility, which was built

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Better ways to spray

May 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Five tips from sprayer training workshop can help limit your pesticide drift.

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Paul Bavaro, a young grower from Escalon, California

April 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Paul is a fourth-generation peach grower who’s been working with his father, Frank, on mechanization trials to help reduce labor costs and improve fruit quality.

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A spray-plus education (Video)

April 29th, 2016|1 Comment

Farm worker teaching team leads the nation in preparing workers for safe use of pesticides.

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Wine grape growers weigh in on Cabernet Sauvignon clones

April 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Clonal choices

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Monitoring the dump tank

April 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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The increasing emphasis on food safety means changes are ahead for tree fruit packing houses.

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The microbes beneath

April 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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Space may be the final frontier, but soil biology is the next frontier. Researchers are

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Not your grandpa’s weather vane

April 27th, 2016|0 Comments

New fruit models, seamless data boost Michigan’s Enviro-weather system.

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Wooly surge

April 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers, looking for answers to hold back woolly apple aphids, find some promise in sandy soils.

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Making the most of mulch

April 27th, 2016|1 Comment

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Organic herbicides don’t match mulch for pear growers.

That’s the conclusion of University of California Cooperative

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Soil-mapping tools available to growers

April 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

High-tech mapping

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Soil tests tell growers what they need to know

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Soil gets a closer look

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Is my soil healthy?

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

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Putting definitive numbers on measures of soil health is a tricky business, because what’s good

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Planting frenzy

April 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Properly preparing the soil can help new plantings thrive.

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Hansen: Test for nutrients before spending big money

April 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Wine industry funded research can save growers money and lead to healthier vineyard soils.

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Watering by the numbers

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Extension specialists take the mystery out of irrigating.

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Changing ideas about water

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Irrigation becomes crucial tool even in well-watered East.

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Better ways to irrigate

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

WSU researcher offers tips for reducing water use.

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How different nutrients affect fruit quality

April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

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As with all plants, nitrogen plays a major role in fruit and tree growth. Fruit

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Know your soil before picking your rootstock

April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers encourage growers to match a rootstock’s ability to absorb nutrients to those nutrients found in the soil.

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Watering whites

April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Research shows growers can conserve water while still maintaining quality grapes.

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Root care

April 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Remember to consider what lies beneath when maintaining a healthy orchard.

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Going deep when watering grapes

April 12th, 2016|0 Comments

WSU study shows that applying drip irrigation deep beneath the soil surface holds promise.

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Concords on deficit

April 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Subsurface irrigation shows potential for Concords, too.

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Using less water

April 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Study shows growers can reduce near-harvest irrigation of cherries without harming trees, fruit.

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Know your critical temperatures as East Coast freeze arrives

April 5th, 2016|0 Comments

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The East Coast is experiencing a second round of winter, and the anticipated freezing temperatures

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Ambrosia surge

April 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Marketing minds meet their apple match with increasing number of varieties.

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How to attract workers

April 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Workers go where they can make the most money.

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Modern orchards and technology can potentially reduce production costs

April 4th, 2016|0 Comments

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The cost of producing apples has been rising faster than expected, largely because of increasing

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Keeping limbs in line with mechanical pruning – (video)

April 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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While not exactly new anywhere, mechanical hedging is seeing a youthful surge on both sides

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Hudson Valley hires new tree fruit pathologist

March 30th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Hudson Valley Research Laboratory has hired tree fruit plant pathologist Dr. Srdjan Acimovic.

Acimovic earned

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No bees, but a lot of buzz about artificial pollination (video)

March 25th, 2016|2 Comments

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Pollination comes with problems. Bloom dates don’t overlap, honeybee colonies fail, weather doesn’t cooperate. The

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37 varieties and counting

March 24th, 2016|0 Comments

More peach varieties coming from Paul Friday's Flamin' Fury series

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110+ bins of Bartlet pears per acre

March 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Results from Bartlett pears grown on Tatura trellis in Australia

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Looking for new pollinizers

March 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

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For decades, apple growers have used Manchurian crab apples to pollinate their fruit.

The crab apples

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Researcher is targeting bull’s-eye rot

March 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Findings show treatments before and after harvest reduce infection rates.

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Uncorked potential with wine on tap

March 23rd, 2016|1 Comment

Companies cater to restaurants that don’t want to waste a whole bottle on a single pour.

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Growers get peek at automatic picking machine — VIDEO

March 18th, 2016|1 Comment

California company shares progress on vacuum end-effector.

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A gentler journey from bucket to bin

March 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Design improvements to vacuum system apple harvester reduce bruising, worker strain.