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Rootstocks do fine in Washington

Differences in rootstock trial were due to yearly climate variation, not rootstocks.

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Wine grape yields not affected by early leaf removal

Early leaf removal in white grape varieties has several benefits.

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WSU announces drawing for WA 38 apple trees

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Washington State University will hold a random drawing to decide who will be able to plant WA 38, the latest variety from the university’s apple breeding program, during the first two years trees become available.

Washington

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Fire blight control without antibiotics

Lime sulfur and fish oil can help as part of an integrated strategy.

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Mechanical thinning can damage spurs, leaf tissue and flowers

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Mechanical thinning looks like a ­promising technique for reducing the amount of labor-intensive hand thinning required in order to grow a good crop of nice-sized apples.

That’s the conclusion reached by a team of researchers from

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Bee renting tips

Smith helps growers and beekeepers come together agreeably

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How bad things in the environment gang up and kill bees

The synergistic effect of pesticides in hives.

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Is there a better crab apple pollinizer?

No research is under way to evaluate pollinizers to replace Manchurian crab apple.

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Control leafhoppers to avoid virus

The risk of grapevine redleaf virus makes controlling leafhoppers all the more important.

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Pollen tube growth model makes thinning more precise

Blossom-time apple thinning model explored for eastern growers.

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Bees live in a toxic world

Planting more flowers would help solve honeybee decline.

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Protecting your high-value crop

Orchard netting may be cost effective for high-value varieties like Honeycrisp.

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Michigan growers approve Tree Fruit Commission

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Michigan fruit growers voted to approve creation of a Michigan Tree Fruit Research and Development Program, which will be set up immediately (effective April 1) and will collect assessments on the 2014 crop.

Its purpose is

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New varieties stabilize the market

Consumers are buying more apples and paying more for them.

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New pests threaten IPM

Pest management programs have become softer and more stable over the past few decades, but new invasive pests could change that.

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A humble leader (Video)

Throughout his career, WSU entomologist Jay Brunner has turned science into economic reality for Washington State tree fruit growers.

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Attract and kill

Michigan researchers have designed a device for oriental fruit moth.

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Save money by applying pesticides where it’s needed

Perimeter sprays: Growers can save money applying pesticides only where they’re most needed.

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Bird vs. bird

Raptors seem to instill panic and lasting fear in nuisance birds.

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Scare tactics: Bird management

Birds know when fruit is ripe, and it’s hard to convince them to stay away.

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Stinkbug derails IPM

Researchers fine-tune methods to control brown marmorated stinkbug.

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Stinkbug monitoring tools are a high priority

Researchers aren’t yet recommending that growers trap for stinkbug.

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Be aware of residues from late sprays

In the future, growers will find pesticide regulations getting tighter, not looser.

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The latest on dealing with spider mites in vineyards

Two-spotted spider mite has the capability to develop tolerance to miticides in wine grapes.

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Wenatchee’s Cascade Analytical offers cleaning & sanitation workshop March 4-5

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Cascade Analytical is offering a two-day workshop March 4-5   for fresh produce packers & fresh-cut processors to provide information on  best practices learned from national experts and practical case studies.  The workshop fee is $300.

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Food safety workshops

Food safety experts will help build better programs.

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Managing crab apple diseases

Crab apple disease management starts in the orchard with pruning.

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Winter tests hardiness

The polar vortex of 2014 will test the cold hardiness of trees and vines.

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Know your enemy: Little cherry disease (VIDEO)

Different causal agents are involved in little cherry disease.

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Preventing storage rots

What you find at packing time started in orchards at harvest.

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Pear research never ending

Oregon State University researcher is retiring in May after studying pear diseases for more than 35 years.

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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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