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WSTFA annual meeting — Wednesday wrapup

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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Farm transfer planning and lending were the topics in one Wednesday morning session about “Future

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Day two of the WSTFA annual meeting, afternoon summary – Video

December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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Researchers are still working to get the word out to the industry about the requirements

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Washington State hires tree fruit extension specialist

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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Washington State University has hired Rob Blakey for an endowed position as tree fruit extension

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Fighting fire blight

October 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Antibiotics and Apogee continue to top the list of control products.

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Beating bitter pit in Honeycrisp

October 19th, 2016|0 Comments

The key lies in combining foliar calcium sprays with reduced potassium fertilization.

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Demystifying cold-hardy grapes

October 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Northern Grapes Project is designed to encourage the wine industry in colder climates.

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Bush: New tool in detecting BMSB

October 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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Researchers from Washington State University, the Washington State Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department

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Cornell looks for insects that may transmit fire blight bacteria

September 30th, 2016|0 Comments

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Matt Boucher, a doctoral student at Cornell University, thinks insect transmission is one way fruit

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Lessons learned from Listeria contamination of caramel apples

September 8th, 2016|1 Comment

Aftermath of an outbreak

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Bee health studies examine neonicotinoid risks

August 19th, 2016|0 Comments

WSU trial finds “very low risks,” while England study shows bee species suffer from the pesticide.

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Bayer AG says it will no longer sell Belt (flubendiamide)

August 12th, 2016|0 Comments

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Bayer AG announced it will no longer sell Belt (flubendiamide) insecticide in the United States

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Woods: Getting ready for FSMA

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

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Even as retailers continue to up the ante by adding more restrictive food safety requirements

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Troublesome pest makes a comeback

August 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Thought to be eradicated years ago, grape rootworm has returned to New York and Pennsylvania vineyards.

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Hansen: Certified plants are only the first step

August 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Growers need to monitor for virus in early years of a “clean” vineyard.

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Bearing down on black stem borers – VIDEO

July 29th, 2016|1 Comment

New York researchers working to stop one of the newest apple pests.

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Managing mummy berry

July 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers aim to improve control for blueberry disease.

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Tree Fruit Research Commission releases new cherry pesticide study

July 21st, 2016|0 Comments

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For growers looking to export, the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has released a new

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Pennsylvania expands spotted lanternfly quarantine

July 11th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has expanded a spotted lanternfly quarantine to include more townships

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Assessment analyzes risk for spread of apple maggot

July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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A trio of pest consultants has concluded that transporting urban organic waste would likely spread

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State finalizes rules to kill maggots before shipping compost

July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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Washington state regulators have finalized special permit requirements for composters seeking to transport feed stocks

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Minnesota’s dry, cold-hardy white

June 27th, 2016|0 Comments

New white wine grape variety shows resistance to downy, powdery mildew, phylloxera.

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A new way to apply chemicals

June 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Results look promising for solid-set canopy system delivery.

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Spraying for powdery mildew

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Study aims to find best time to apply fungicide.

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The problem of powdery mildew

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

WSU researcher to study cherries’ sudden transition from resistant to susceptible during the growing season.

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Hoppers at heart of red blotch

May 26th, 2016|1 Comment

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Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have identified the three-cornered alfalfa treehopper (Spissistilus festinus)

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Hansen: Research leads to better control for grape disease

May 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Saved fungicide sprays for powdery mildew keep $2 million-plus in grape growers’ pockets.

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Organic control of SWD

May 25th, 2016|0 Comments

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Researchers are tackling what they call “cultural tactics” to determine nonchemical farming practices — such

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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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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|2 Comments

Research underway to study leafhopper vectors of Western X.

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Heat treatment to beat the apple maggot

May 5th, 2016|2 Comments

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Environmental consultants for the state of Washington have recommended heating up yard waste before moving

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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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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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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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Herbicide resistance a growing concern

April 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Researcher offers tips for helping to control weeds in vineyards.

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Pre-emergents can help control yellow nutsedge

April 25th, 2016|0 Comments

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Yellow nutsedge can be a particular difficult weed to control in Northeast vineyards because of

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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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Better ways to irrigate

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

WSU researcher offers tips for reducing water use.

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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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Hopes dim for demise of lanternfly

March 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers are no longer optimistic that bug first detected in 2014 can be quickly eradicated.

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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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OSU names new director of Food Innovation Center

March 16th, 2016|0 Comments

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Oregon State University has named David Stone, a public health toxicologist and communications expert, as

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Apple scab spores showing up in eastern U.S. orchards

March 16th, 2016|0 Comments

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The first apple scab spores of the season have been detected in both Pennsylvania and

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Borers make their mark

March 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Northwest growers advised to watch for American plum borer.

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Meet the stinkbug’s worst nightmare

March 10th, 2016|0 Comments

A wasp no bigger than a flea could be the best tool against brown marmorated stinkbug.

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Pear mites developing resistance to chemicals

March 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Growers may be forced to take different steps to control pests as resistance buildup continues.