Brown rot surprises cherry growers

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

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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 [...]

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 [...]

  • Fourth cherry residue test results are available

Fourth cherry residue test results are available

  • July 14th, 2014

For the fourth consecutive year, the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has conducted a trial to provide the Northwest cherry industry basic information about residues of commonly used pesticides.

These studies are intended to help growers and consultants make more informed pest decisions with respect to concerns about Maximum Residue [...]

WSDA resumes traps to watch for moths that harm grape fields

  • June 13th, 2014

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has resumed setting traps to detect any presence of four species of moths destructive to grape fields, according to the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers (WAWGG).

The statewide watch list are the European Grapevine Moth, the European Grape Berry Moth, Grape Tortrix and [...]

  • Leafroll virus is costly

Leafroll virus is costly

  • May 29th, 2014

Grapevine leafroll virus is very costly to growers, studies in major wine-grape-growing regions show.

Economists in New York, California, and New Zealand have looked at the costs of leafroll virus in recent years and all found that it significantly reduces yields, said Trent Ball, director of Yakima Valley Community College’s [...]