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Clearing House to poll members on consolidation plan

Members of the Washington Growers Clearing House Association’s board of directors will discuss a tree fruit industry consolidation plan at their annual meeting on Thursday (February 20) in Wenatchee.

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Grape growers recognize industry leaders

The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers recognized Rick Hamman for his viticultural skills and presented him with its Erick Hanson Memorial Grower of the Year Award. Hamman has assisted Washington grape growers since 1999 when he left Colorado State University as extension viticulturist to join Hogue Cellars in Prosser.

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Scientists trace red-flesh genes

Could red-fleshed varieties be developed for the nutraceutical industry?

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Blueberry trees?

Blueberry trees could be machine harvested, boosting fruit yields.

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Thinning doesn’t always boost cherry size

A research project to find out whether Ethrel (ethephon) could be used as a postbloom thinner for cherries showed that the material can reduce the fruit load.

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Do cherries need water before harvest?

Growers have conflicting opinions

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More trials for cherry rootstocks

New MSU cherry rootstocks are dwarfing and precocious

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Application process open for specialty crop block grants

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The application period is open for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2014 Specialty Crop Grant program.

The USDA and Washington State Department of Agriculture expects to award at least $3 million in grant awards to improve

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Billionaire quiet on vineyard plans

Aquilini’s British Columbia company shocked the wine world with the purchase of land at Red Mountain.

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Honeycrisp: Don’t kill the golden goose

New red strains might disguise improper maturity

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Packing capacity grows in Michigan

Michigan apple packers are in an expansion mode.

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Taking the guesswork out of yield estimating

Trellis tension technology could improve accuracy of crop estimating in grapes.

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Brandt brand is a masterpiece

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E.W. Brandt and Sons, a fruit growing, packing, and marketing operation in Wapato, Washington, is expanding its operations and is using RemBrandt ­Masterpiece fruit as its brand.

The moves reflect the company’s intensified focus on growing

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Wine industry foundation oversees grants

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The Washington Wine Industry Foundation is administering three grants totaling nearly $525,000 that deal with clean plants, winery worker safety and training, and plant pests and diseases.

The most recent award is a $174,000 grant from

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Techniques & benefits of a fruit wall

Lower costs and better vigor control make them attractive for high-density plantings.

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Washington State fruit consolidation plan advances

The boards of four Washington organizations will vote in the next few weeks on whether to go ahead with a plan to consolidate into a new organization called the Washington Tree Fruit Association

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New approaches to frost control

The height of the vines influences how they fare during cold weather.

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Certified grape stock in short supply

If your nursery order isn’t already in, you’re too late for 2014.

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Last pear packer standing

Naumes, Inc., responds to challenges and keeps its Medford packing house viable.

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Growers asked to tax themselves

Michigan growers to vote in February on proposed Tree Fruit Commission.

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Michigan’s Expo draws record crowd

Speakers focus on threats to bees, funds for experiment stations, and fruiting walls.

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Six top researchers headline March Cornell fruit school

The Cornell University Fruit Team will hold an in-depth school for tree fruit growers, extension educators, and crop consultants on March 25 at the Ramada Inn in Geneva, New York.

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Monitoring, managing codling moth clearly and precisely

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A research report from Alan Knight, USDA–Wapato; Loys Hawkins and Kathleen McNamara, Bear Creek Orchards, Oregon; and
Rick Hilton, Oregon State University

Today, growers have a number of tools to effectively manage codling moth, including sex pheromones,

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Alternatives for disease control

Chitosan not only reduces decay but induces resistance in the plant.

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Improving cherry quality

Yan Wang will test whether preharvest salt applications can reduce cherry pitting and splitting after harvest.

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Retail sales of sliced apples continue to soar

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At first glance, apples, like eggs, seem endowed by nature with perfect packaging, but the ­market for fresh apple slices continues to grow.

“People thought we were crazy—people still think it’s crazy that people buy an

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Pear slicing is not perfected yet

Crunch Pak, the country’s largest fresh apple slicer, is still figuring out how best to slice pears.

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Fruit ripening compounds discovered

The compounds might solve ripening problems in pears treated with MCP.

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A common sense organic approach

Silver Apple Award winner Ray Fuller approaches organic production from a scientific point of view.

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Washington wine grape outlook

Americans are drinking more wine

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Juice grape trends for 2014

Cash prices are trending downward, production is trending upward.

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Now on your phone: First Bite

Our new Web site has an expanding library of videos for growers.

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Entrepreneur focuses on apple picking

WSU graduate student Mark De Kleine is exploring ways to remove apples from the tree more quickly.

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Michigan’s Expo draws record crowd

Speakers focus on threats to bees, funds for experiment stations, and fruiting walls.

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What’s the best rootstock for Honeycrisp?

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The loss of a hillside of Gala trees in a big storm in 2009 opened up an opportunity for Michigan grower Joe Rasch to use that land to participate in a national trial evaluating Honeycrisp

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Hedging your bets

Michigan growers hear that everyone will be hedging their fruiting walls in five years to reduce their labor costs.

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Orchards of the future

Cornell's Terence Robinson explains his vision of orchard managementin English and in Spanish.

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Lottery planned for WA 38

Washington State University expects big demand for trees of its latest apple release.

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Chip detects water needs

Microsensors implanted in tree trunks or vines can measure water stress directly.

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Entrepreneur focuses on apple picking

WSU graduate student Mark De Kleine is exploring ways to remove apples from the tree more quickly.

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B.C. growers should focus on clones

Grape gowers need to find out which clones will work best in British Columbia.

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Bloom thinning boosts fruit size

Hand-thin flowers to increase size of peaches and nectarines.

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A passion for research

Jim McFerson is passionate about bringing the benefits of research and extension to the entire tree fruit industry

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East Malling Research turns 100 this year

East Malling’s story began March 1, 1913, when the first nine hectares of land were purchased to undertake “the study of problems met with in the actual culture of fruit trees and bushes.”

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New comment period set on deregulation of Arctic apples

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A second, “final,” 30-day period has opened during which the public may comment on deregulation of Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ non-browning apples, Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny. The period ends December 9.

Arctic apples are genetically modified

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WSU offers tannin training

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Washington State University is offering free online training for cider makers on how to test tannin levels in apple juice. The training teaches cider producers how to analyze their raw materials so that their cider

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See grape harvest Down Under

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Washington State University’s Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling is leading a harvest-time vineyard and winery tour to Australia from March 30 to April 14, 2014. Registration is open for the tour that will visit more than 20

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Good Stuff

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Early Pink Lady
An early maturing selection of Pink Lady (cultivar Cripps Pink) is available from Brandt’s Fruit Trees in Yakima, Washington.

The selection matures up to three weeks earlier than the standard Pink Lady. Another distinction

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Sweetie, Smitten, and Papple

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The belief that certain apples have superior value perhaps began when a slithery creature wiggled up to Adam and Eve, hissing, “Try this. It has a nice balance of sweetness and tartness, and a sinfully

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New wine center ­fulfills vision

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The recent groundbreaking of Washington State University’s Wine Science Center is not just about the ceremonial start of construction on a new state-of-the-art facility. It’s about the future of Washington’s wine industry. The new wine

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