Brown rot surprises cherry growers

Tart cherry growers need to watch out for European brown rot as bloom arrives.

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  • Multi-row sprayers offer great improvements in timeliness

Multi-row sprayers offer great improvements in timeliness

As more growers move toward modern, high-density planting systems to improve yield and orchard management, the sprayer output needs to be matched to the modern canopy. The closely planted trees of today’s modern orchard require totally different management than the large, traditional tree canopies of older orchards.

Unfortunately, many growers [...]

Inmates help with grape research

  • September 12th, 2014

Most spider mite research projects involve the tedious work of counting spider mites—peering down a microscope to count tiny specks on leaves.

Some would even call it cruel and unusual punishment. But a Washington State University researcher has found a workforce that enjoys the monotonous work, and he’s even saving [...]

  • OSU hopes to fill David Sugar’s research position

OSU hopes to fill David Sugar’s research position

  • September 3rd, 2014

Growers and other stakeholders will meet on September 9 at Oregon State University’s Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center near Medford to discuss how a plant pathology research position might be filled.

Dr. David Sugar, who worked primarily on postharvest pear problems, retired from the station in May, leaving OSU [...]

Washington apple producers hope to resume exports to China

  • August 15th, 2014

After being shut out of China for two seasons, some Washington apple producers will likely try to comply with a new, more onerous export protocol in an attempt to ship some Red and Golden Delicious apples there this year, says Mike Willett, vice president for scientific affairs at the Northwest [...]