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Last Bite — Granny’s legacy

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The spur-type Granny Smiths Granspur and Greenspur were discovered at the Calvin Cooper orchard at Brewster, Washington, and patented in 1979 and 1980 respectively. Shown

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Four leaders better than one

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Belgian horticulturist Tom Deckers discusses the pruning strategy for a four-leader system. Many pear-growing systems put too much energy into production of shoots, he said.

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Reflective cover has marketing benefits

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Matt Whiting (right) discusses results of his research with the reflective material Extenday with Oregon State University Extension educator Lynn Long (center) and

Good Stuff

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Ty Snyder promoted
C & O Nursery of Wenatchee, Washington, has promoted Ty Snyder to the position of orchard manager. Snyder has worked at the nursery

Platforms not widely used

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A recent survey of Washington State apple growers suggests that orchard platforms are not widely used there.

Just over 10 percent of respondents to a survey

Cold hardiness

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A new cold hardiness tool is available just in time for winter for Washington State grape growers through AgWeatherNet, a statewide databank of weather

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Self-rooted trees cut costs

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This is not a story out of a horticultural book of fables. It is a story to ruffle your imagination.

While the search goes on unabated

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Blossom thin peaches

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Katy Lesser Clowney, while working at the Adams County extension office, found the Darwin at a show in Europe and suggested it be tried out.

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Organic proves productive

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Peter Hall explains how the Exosex mating disruption system works. Pheromone lures and pheromone-impregnated powder are placed in dispensers on a 20-meter (66-foot)

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Instant vineyard

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These “super big” vines were planted in an Oregon vineyard earlier this year.
Neil Hauff

Imagine the labor savings if you could plant and establish a new

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Spray equipment still evolving

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The Raven spray controller has brought major improvements to orchard spraying.
Courtesy Blueline Equipment

A major breakthrough in orchard spray technology in the last decade has been

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Mixed experiences with platforms

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Pasco grower Denny Hayden said a platform works well in high-density systems but he’s not ready to throw out his ladders yet. Geraldine Warner

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Mildew resistance quest continues

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Next year, Nnadozie Oraguzie will begin field testing a new generation of mildew-resistant sweet cherry selections as he works to combine disease resistance with high

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Precise IPM requires good data

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This Washington State University weather station in Tonasket is part of the AgWeatherNet service, providing growers with detailed environmental data.
courtesy washington state university

More precise integrated

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Ready for mechanization

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Qin Zhang explains during a WSU field day how he is working to improve the mechanical cherry harvester developed by USDA researcher Donald

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Krymsk rootstocks show advantages

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Lynn Long (left) and grower Dave Meyer discuss pruning strategies in a block of fifth-leaf Chelan trees on the Krymsk 5 rootstock.
Geraldine Warner

The cherry rootstocks

Focusing on tomorrow today

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Apple, pear, and walnut growers will have several opportunities this winter to learn how to take advantage of natural enemies in their orchards for controlling

$3.1 million for Washington specialty crops

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved funding of $3.1 million for projects to support Washington State’s fruit and vegetable growers.     The

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Cover crop choice takes time and research

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The ladino clover cover crop thrived for the first two years but has begun to decline.
Geraldine Warner

Apple growers who are experimenting with growing a nitrogen

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Research spinoffs result in smarter sprayers

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The variable output nozzles and adjustable louver, developed for this citrus sprayer as part of a specialty crop research project, should soon be available for

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Reflective cover has marketing benefits

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Matt Whiting (right) discusses results of his research with the reflective material Extenday with Oregon State University Extension educator Lynn Long (center) and

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U.K. growers try to lower residues

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Jerry Cross is in charge of entomology and plant pathology at East Malling Research, where trials to minimize residues on fruit were successful.
Geraldine Warner

A “name

Spraying with sprinklers

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On a cold rainy day with apple scab threatening, wouldn’t it be nice to push a button labeled “Fungicide” and let the orchard spray itself?

Spraying

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Research station has organic orchard

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Joe Nicholson of New York with a Rubinola tree that shows symptoms of sulfur intolerance.
Geraldine Warner

Britain has only about a dozen serious ­commercial organic growers,

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Pest help at your fingertips

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Andy Kahn can use his iPhone to access WSU’s Decision Aid System, which automatically uploads weather data from the AgWeatherNet and provides pest predictions and

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Doubleday has broad interests

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Oliver Doubleday tosses a Gala apple in the air as he explains that U.K. supermarkets don’t want large fruit.
Geraldine Warner

Dr. Oliver Doubleday, chair of East

Good Point–Where has the roadmap led us?

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Was the Tree Fruit Technology Roadmap a success or failure?

Around ten years ago, this novel research initiative boldly declared that the tree fruit industry would

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Vineland launches an apple breeding program

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Daryl Somers

A new apple breeding program was born this year, on the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario, Canada.

While operation of the infant program is just beginning,

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$60-million boost

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A mechanical harvester is part of a major research project relating to production and marketing of stem-free sweet cherries.

More than $60 million dollars in grants

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Jones of Washington

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Jack, left, and Greg Jones moved the Jones of Washington winery from Quincy to the J & S Crushing facility in Mattawa in 2008.

Don’t let

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Collaborative research

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An autonomous vehicle is being developed as part of the project “Comprehensive automation for specialty crops.”

The last Farm Bill not only provided an unprecedented amount

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Nothing average about Jones

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The tasting room for Jones of Washington wines has no Mediterranean architecture, marble floor, or exquisite wood for the tasting bar, nor expansive windows to

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Working with less labor

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Availability of labor will determine how quickly orchard automation is adopted, says Denny Hayden.

A widespread shortage of workers to harvest Washington State’s 2011 apple crop

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Making wines in a big way

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Pinot Grigio grapes are being crushed. White and red grapes are received and crushed in separate areas at J & S Crushing.
Melissa Hansen

Doing things in

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Grape industry goes after viruses

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Grapevine leafroll disease is easy to diagnose in red varieties, like this Cabernet Sauvignon vine, but more difficult in white varieties where the only symptom

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Markets shrink for upscale pear

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Comice is the perfect pear for gift boxes, but the gift business has declined.
Courtesy Pear Bureau Northwest

Comice is sometimes referred to as the Queen of

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In The Box

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Left: Northeast McIntosh, Courtesy Jon Clements. Center: October issue cover prompts firestorm of regional pride and competitiveness. Right: McIntosh grown in New Hampshire, courtesy Chuck

Reinventing Comice

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During the Pear Bureau Northwest’s annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, last summer, its regional managers proposed ideas on how to strengthen demand for Comice pears.

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Committee to advise on endowments

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An industry advisory committee has been formed to work with Washington State University to decide how to spend the money that will be generated by