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Horticulture and Viticulture

Featured stories covering horticulture and viticulture issues appear in this issue.

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Tyler Harlington, Young Grower Feb. 1, 2014

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Q:  Did you always want to be a farmer?
I wanted to be a lawyer. I wanted to get away from the farm life and go

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Scientists trace red-flesh genes

February 1st, 2014|0 Comments

Could red-fleshed varieties be developed for the nutraceutical industry?

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Fast track ends for Jerry Haak

February 1st, 2014|0 Comments

Jerry Haak focused on growing fruit and helping others, not his pain.

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Blueberry trees?

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Blueberry trees could be machine harvested, boosting fruit yields.

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Widow goes it alone, yet not alone

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Pear industry members step in to help Nancy Vaughn produce a quality crop.

Thinning doesn’t always boost cherry size

February 1st, 2014|0 Comments

A research project to find out whether Ethrel (ethephon) could be used as a postbloom thinner for cherries showed that the material can reduce the fruit load.

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Do cherries need water before harvest?

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Growers have conflicting opinions

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ReTain can improve cherry fruit set

February 1st, 2014|1 Comment

Bloom-time applications of an ethylene inhibitor can keep cherry blossoms viable longer

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Tart cherry market order renewal

February 1st, 2014|0 Comments

“We want to build our supplies, not restrict them. We want to get our market back.” —Randy Willmeng

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More trials for cherry rootstocks

February 1st, 2014|0 Comments

New MSU cherry rootstocks are dwarfing and precocious

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Washington State’s most southern vineyard

January 30th, 2014|3 Comments

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One of Washington State’s southernmost vineyards, planted within a mile of the Columbia River near Dallesport by Don Graves, is also one of the older

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Washington State’s most northern Vineyard

January 30th, 2014|0 Comments

The Veranda Beach vineyard is the cornerstone of a resort development.

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Billionaire quiet on vineyard plans

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Aquilini’s British Columbia company shocked the wine world with the purchase of land at Red Mountain.

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Honeycrisp: Don’t kill the golden goose

January 30th, 2014|2 Comments

New red strains might disguise improper maturity

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Adjust Honeycrisp crop early

January 30th, 2014|0 Comments

Overcropping Honeycrisp will result in poorly colored, poor-storing, and poor-tasting fruit.

Packing capacity grows in Michigan

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Michigan apple packers are in an expansion mode.

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Taking the guesswork out of yield estimating

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Trellis tension technology could improve accuracy of crop estimating in grapes.

Brandt brand is a masterpiece

January 29th, 2014|0 Comments

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E.W. Brandt and Sons, a fruit growing, packing, and marketing operation in Wapato, Washington, is expanding its operations and is using RemBrandt ­Masterpiece fruit as

Speedy grafting tools

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Ian Adams of Scionon, Ltd., Hastings, New Zealand, and Matt Moser of Moser Fruit Tree Sales, Inc., Coloma, Michigan, have agreed to partner in the

GRAS2P record-keeping

January 29th, 2014|0 Comments

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The Washington State Horticultural Association and ApRecs have teamed up to offer growers and packers access to a spray record and food-safety documentation system that

Fruit legends star in minimovies

January 29th, 2014|0 Comments

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Howell at the Moon Productions has released two new short documentaries on the legendary Washington fruit growers Grady Auvil and Tom Mathison.

Gee Whiz: The Apples

Wine foundation honored

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The Washington Wine Industry Foundation was named a benefactor last month during the fundraising Washington State University Foundation Gala in recognition of its high level

Give feedback on crop insurance

January 29th, 2014|0 Comments

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Agriculture will hold listening sessions in February to get feedback from specialty crop growers

Wine industry foundation oversees grants

January 29th, 2014|0 Comments

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The Washington Wine Industry Foundation is administering three grants totaling nearly $525,000 that deal with clean plants, winery worker safety and training, and plant pests

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Techniques & benefits of a fruit wall

January 28th, 2014|0 Comments

Lower costs and better vigor control make them attractive for high-density plantings.

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Living the dream

January 27th, 2014|0 Comments

Victor Palencia is one of the youngest winery owners in Washington’s wine industry.