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Hoppers at heart of red blotch

May 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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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

  • SWD resarch at UC Davis

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|0 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.

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Washington growers can dispose of unwanted pesticides in May events

March 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture has schedule two events for growers to dispose of

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Searching for spotted wing drosophila

March 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Experts say growers should look beyond orchards for SWD.

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Danger from SWD?

March 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers are concerned that rising spotted wing drosophila numbers could cause problems for sweet cherries.

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Plum pox virus control zone

March 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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Getting local fruit varieties into local orchards is a particular challenge in Ontario because breeding

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Pests in the heat

March 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Last year’s hot growing season gave researchers ideal opportunity to take a closer look at codling moth and obliquebanded leafroller.

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Seeking better control for codling moth

March 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers are getting a head start on keeping codling moth resistance traits to insecticides in check.

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Dealing with apple maggot in yard waste

March 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Study shows apple maggot pupae can be killed in yard waste, but more research is needed.

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Apple maggot, worries spread in Michigan

March 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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Apple maggot infestations seem to be on the increase in Michigan, so growers should have

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Controlling crown gall disease

March 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Keys to combating crown gall disease in wine grapes are clean plants, avoiding freeze damage and pairing appropriate varieties to sites.

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Hansen: Wine grapes — An IPM success story

March 1st, 2016|3 Comments

Integrated pest management research has saved Washington’s wine grape growers millions in pesticide costs.

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Getting to the rot of the problem

February 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers study how best to prevent spread of disease from Manchurian crab apple pollinizers.

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Pruning cankers in the winter

February 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Winter pruning of cankers can help to reduce bacterial spot in peaches and nectarines.

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Knowing Washington’s trunk diseases

February 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

As Northwest vineyards age, trunk diseases become more of a concern.

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Concerns about Xylella fastidiosa, Pierce’s disease

February 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Oregon investigates finding of bacterium that causes Pierce’s disease in wine grapevines.

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Fire blight central

February 19th, 2016|1 Comment

A research plot near Wapato, Washington, has become a test bed for fire blight.

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Fire blight management

February 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Mixing materials may bring growers closer to another “silver bullet” in fire blight management.

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Fire blight’s risk factors

February 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Tips to consider from OSU plant pathogist

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Questions about little cherry infections

February 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers studying little cherry disease try to predict percentage of positive trees that show no symptoms.

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Differing life cycles pose challenges for controlling little cherry virus 2 vectors

February 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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In the past, mealybugs haven’t posed a significant problem for cherry growers because they don’t

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MSU researcher to growers: fire blight is just “bad, bad, bad”

February 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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A Michigan State University researcher gave a bleak view of fire blight as one of

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Saving cherries from the birds

January 27th, 2016|1 Comment

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Cherry growers sometimes feel like they’re growing fruit mainly for the birds, but there is

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Stinkbug taint in wine

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Researchers studying BMSB in wine have found mixed results.

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The growing threat of black stem borer

December 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Years after invading from Asia, the insect is emerging as an apple tree pest.

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Growers rebuild after plum pox

December 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Some Ontario growers have turned to wine grapes, while others are growing fresh stone fruit varieties.