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Growers in pursuit of precision agriculture

September 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers and growers in New York aim to push high-density orchards to peak performance.

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WSDA seeking participants for vineyard study

September 19th, 2017|1 Comment

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is looking for participants for their vineyard survey.

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Sustainable and less sticky solutions for pear psylla

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

New pear IPM project looks at potential for biocontrols and pest repellents.

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Apple maggot quarantine may include potted trees

September 13th, 2017|0 Comments

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State officials in Washington are considering adding certain potted plants to the list of commodities

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Researchers put virus theory to trial in G.935 decline

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Pathogen probe

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Allan Bros. paces innovation

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Longtime Washington fruit company leads the way with development of new technologies, including collaboration on vacuum picker.

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Cherry pesticide residue survey results available

August 17th, 2017|0 Comments

The results of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission’s seventh annual cherry pesticide residue survey are now available.

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Washington state authorities find live female gypsy moths

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

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After more than 40 years of trapping, the Washington State Department of Agriculture has discovered

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Entomologists join WSU for pear IPM project

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

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Two new entomologists have joined the Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center

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Cornell berry workshop set for Aug. 29

July 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Cornell University will hold a berry crop field workshop at Aug. 29 at the Berry Patch in Stephentown, N.Y.

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Overcoming the pear plateau: Interpera 2017 – Video

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Growers gather to share ideas to increase production, which has been flat for the past 10 years around most of the world.

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IFTA Summer Tour wraps up with focus on research, frost

July 18th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Michigan tree fruit industry is chock full of innovative growers rapidly diversifying, modernizing and

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Thwarting a cherry killer

July 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Early research suggests acclimating trees and sending them into early dormancy may help prevent bacterial canker infections.

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OSU researchers develop field test for crown gall

July 11th, 2017|0 Comments

A woman can find out if she’s pregnant without going to a doctor. Soon, farmers may be able to find out if their fruit trees or grape vines have crown gall disease without going to a laboratory.

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Colorado’s canker crisis costing millions

July 7th, 2017|2 Comments

Growers and researchers are working together to figure out how to protect peach trees.

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Hansen: Filling void in weed research at WSU

July 6th, 2017|1 Comment

New WSU faculty member puts emphasis on weed management in Washington vineyards.

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Mite threatening honeybees in New York

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

A tiny mite is being blamed for major honeybee losses in New York, threatening the state’s $500 million agriculture industry.

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New Canadian pear varieties are fire blight tolerant

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

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A decade after a processing plant closed and persistent fire blight problems pushed many Ontario

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Northwest wine grape industry to streamline clean plant regulations

June 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Coming clean at the Clean Plant Center Northwest

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Foundation awards grant to combat spotted wing drosophila

June 7th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit established through bipartisan congressional support in

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Rayapati: Risk of virus problems in field-grafted vineyards

June 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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The increasing demand for grapevines in the Pacific Northwest has many growers turning to field

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Alfredo Reyes, a young grower from Royal City, Washington

June 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Alfredo was born in Mexico and grew up in Wenatchee with four

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Old World pest, New World wary

May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

European Cherry Fruit Fly found in Ontario is raising questions about potential consequences in U.S.

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Sugar sours birds on eating valuable cherry crops

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Sweet revenge for bird control

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Pscheidt: How to rate viruses

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

With three-dozen different viruses that can be found on cherry trees, which ones do growers need to worry about?

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What’s hiding in your orchard?

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

A survey of cherry viruses in Oregon has turned up none that are new to the Pacific Northwest, which is a good thing. However, at least two new viruses, and possibly a third, have been detected in Oregon for the first time — and two of the three could have a significant impact on cherry production if not controlled.

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How grower renewed aging block of cherry trees

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

A tale of 17 acres

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Make the most of your mulch – Video

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Pruning wood and mowing weeds can provide extra food for soil organisms that help keep trees healthy.

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Glade Brosi, young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Glade is originally from Kentucky and joined Stemilt in 2011 with a

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WSDA dedicates research greenhouse to study plant viruses

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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The newest research greenhouse in Prosser, Washington, will dramatically expedite and expand the tree fruit

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Cost falls to renew pear scald chemical

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Pear industry leads the way to renew growers’ access to the scald-controlling chemical.

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Native flora can attract beneficial insects to the vineyards and orchards

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Between rows, think local

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Studies show no downside to trying cover crops in vineyards

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Beneath the vines

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How to manage weeds and nitrogen in organic orchards

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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Managing weeds and maintaining nitrogen in organic apple production is an expensive and labor-intensive task.

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Fertilizer tips to maximize baby tree growth

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Nourishing new orchards

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Pear psylla, just like spider mites, showing resistance to pesticides

April 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Resistance is inevitable

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What’s killing these trees?

March 29th, 2017|1 Comment

Pathologists hope a survey of Northeast apple growers will provide clues in the case of rapid apple decline.

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Working safely with Fumitoxin in orchards – A grower’s perspective

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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Gophers and other underground pests can cause significant damage to fruit tree orchards

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Wasps released to eat stink bug eggs

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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Brown marmorated stink bugs show no signs of stopping their advance in the Pacific Northwest.

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Leafhopper linked to little cherry disease

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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The growing incidence of little cherry disease in Pacific Northwest orchards prompted researchers to begin

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Can earwigs be beneficial in some orchards? – Video

March 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Don’t wig out in bug battle: WSU graduate student set to convince growers how earwigs can be beneficial in some orchards.

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Using genetics to create “a birth control pill” for moths

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Gene-editing research could lead to new control for codling moth

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Cutting-edge technique to keep pathogens away

February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Rutgers researchers hope gene-editing technology can make wine grapes resistant to downy mildew.

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Tips for putting the fight back in fungicide

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

WSU extension specialist shares tips to overcome spray resistance.

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Second day of IFTA conference highlights tree systems, rootstocks and awards

February 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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The second day of the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60 annual conference featured a slew

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Discussion in Seattle March 29: Exploring how mushrooms can help bees survive

February 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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Can the mushroom hold a key to survival of honeybees?

That topic is the focus of a

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WSU Extension hosts Organic Pest and Disease “Fruit School” March 14 and 15

January 31st, 2017|0 Comments

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Washington State Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center is sponsoring a conference in March on

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New postharvest fungicide idea comes from an old place

January 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Natamycin emerges as a possible nontoxic postharvest fungicide.

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New webcast talks about fire blight resistance to antibiotics

January 25th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Plant Management Network has released a new web presentation called “Fire Blight and Streptomycin