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

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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By Sean Gilbert

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

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Safeguarding Honeycrisp from storage disorders

January 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Packers have options to help protect against Honeycrisp storage disorders.

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Empire State Producers Expo: Wednesday wrapup

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

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A sparsely attended but lively discussion about H-2A guest workers highlighted Wednesday’s proceedings at the

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Problematic pairings with Geneva 935

January 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Certain scion strains show mysterious tree decline symptoms when combined with Geneva 935 rootstocks.

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Washington state expands apple maggot quarantine area

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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After finding apple maggot in the southeastern corner of Lincoln County, the Washington State Department

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Insider tips to avoid growing an $8 box of fruit

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Success from tree to market

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B.C. pest management strategies build on deep roots

December 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Traps throughout Fred Steele’s orchard in Kelowna are the first line of defense against a horde of new pests that growers in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley face.

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Tracking fire blight

December 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

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This past summer, a team of researchers armed with scissors walked through a North Central

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RosBREED, part II

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Consumers want great tasting fruit with few or no blemishes. Growers want that, too, but

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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|1 Comment

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.