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On tour to see sweet cherries

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Michigan State University horticulturist Dr. Greg Lang visited Stefano Musacchi in Italy in 2008, and subsequently invited him to speak at the International Fruit Tree

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China: big country, small wine market

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Wine importer and distributor Scott Hitchcock, left, sampled Butch Milbrandt’s wines (Milbrandt Vineyards) during the Washington Wine Commission’s Wine Experience. Hitchcock came to learn about

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Apple Lines

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John Baker, center, talks with supermarket staff in Dubai, a major market for Washington apples.

The Washington Apple Commission is running a training ­program for supermarkets

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Yakima Valley wines in China

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Hyatt Vineyards, in the Yakima Valley subappellation of Rattlesnake Hills, was founded as a small estate vineyard surrounding the winery in 1983 by Leland and

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Last Bite—Fruit first in Walla Walla

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Is the young girl Frank Shields’s sister?

Walla Walla County in the southeastern corner of what is now Washington State is credited with having the first

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Montana apples

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The Swanson family’s Mountain View Apple Orchards is located in the Bitterroot Valley, where pioneers from the eastern United States established the first orchards

The Swanson

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High density apple systems cost more

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The Michigan study compared three systems—from left, central leader, vertical axe, and tall spindle.

It costs a lot of money to put in a new apple

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Good Stuff

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Owners change at Burrows Tractor
John Riel, who joined Burrows Tractor Company in Yakima, Washington, 32 years ago as a general helper, has bought the company.

Riel

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Bi-axis system fits the fruiting wall concept

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Bibaum (divided trunk) pears are grown at the Ferrara fruit research station in Italy

Fruit growers who adopt a spindle style of tree—tall, narrow cylinder shapes—believe

Classified Ads

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Washington State University (WSU) Extension invites applications for an Area Extension Educator (E2 or E3) in Tree Fruit Horticulture.  This is a twelve-month, tenure-track

There’s promise in new pruning method

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Michigan State University horticulturist Dr. Greg Lang visited Stefano Musacchi in Italy in 2008, and subsequently invited him to speak at the International Fruit Tree

Good Job

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New AgWeatherNet director
Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom, a professor of agrometeorology and crop modeling, has been appointed director of Washington State University’s agricultural weather network, AgWeatherNet. He

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Minnesota growers feel excluded

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A key question for Minnesota growers is whether SweeTango is a club, niche apple of minor consequence or a “Honeycrisp killer” destined for the mainstream.

Fred

Nitrogen fertilization in apples

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Even after years of scientific research, getting the correct level of nitrogen into apple trees remains in many ways an art.

Lailiang Cheng, a researcher at

Advantages of foliar nitrogen

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Foliar applications of nitrogen have a number of advantages, says Dr. Lailiang Cheng, a Cornell ­University scientist.

Combined with tissue analysis, foliar application lets growers respond

Nutrient needs by apple trees

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Getting the right nutrient levels in the orchard starts with answering the basic questions: How much of each element does a tree need, and when

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Storing Honeycrisp

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A new CA control system supplied by Storage Control Systems, Sparta, Michigan, was installed at Michigan State University in 2008. Employee Dan Boozer is pictured.

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Farmworker housing opens in Othello

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The Othello Housing Authority’s new Lugar Seguro (Safe Place) housing development has 19 units designed to accommodate 96 farm­workers and family members. Each unit has

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Target fruit

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The optimized orchard system generates high production and high-value target fruit. The trees have little structural wood and are supported by an eight-wire trellis.

“If left

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Mechanical thin cherries

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The Darwin string thinner is attached to the front of the tractor. The Bonner is in the background.
Mechanical thinning equipment has been tested for several

Answers to food safety questions

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The Center for Produce Safety held its first produce research symposium in June to review projects it has sponsored.

Chris Schlect, president of the Northwest Horticultural

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Water stress impacts cherries

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Denise Neilsen explains how an atmometer is used in a cherry irrigation experiment at the Summerland research center in British Columbia.

The timing of irrigation can