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Summer Fruits, New Varieties

Featured stories about summer fruits and new varieties appear in this issue.

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Designer apples

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Genomics—the study of genes and their functions—allows for the development of designer apples with the potential to command a premium, says Dr. Sue Gardiner, a

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The next new variety

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Cameron Peace, geneticist with WSU, checks seedlings As Washington State University’s apple breeder Dr. Bruce Barritt surveys the 30,000 selections

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Planting a rose garden

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In a strawberry patch next to an apple orchard, technicians David Roys (left) and Cathy Peters and entomologist Tom Unruh inspect plants for

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A bed of roses

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Dr. Tom Unruh checks if strawberry leafrollers in wild rose bushes are parasitized by the wasp Colpoclypeus florus. Wild multiflora roses

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Mechanical blossom thinning tested on peach

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Peach and nectarine growers in Pennsylvania have been testing a mechanical blossom-thinning machine that the state’s Ag Innovations research team

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HOT TIPS on heat stress

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Two Washington State agricultural workers have died of heat stress in the past decade. In one case, it was mid-May and

Bartlett tops pear tree sales

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Bartlett is still the most popular pear variety being planted in Washington, but sales of d’Anjou nursery trees have picked up in recent years, a

Record fresh Bartlett crop forecast

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Pear producers in Washington and Oregon expect to harvest a record fresh Bartlett crop this year and more winter pears than in 2006. The first

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Bright idea for improving biocontrol

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Sunflowers planted near stone fruit orchards could help a parasite of the oriental fruit moth to survive the winter. Planting sunflowers

Going all organic

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Douglas Fruit Company, one of the largest stone fruit growers and packers in Washington State, is aiming to convert most of its production of peaches,

Fuji tops apple plantings

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Fuji is the top apple variety being planted in Washington State. Red Fuji and early Fuji varieties together account for 22 percent of the trees

Commission mulls assessment vote

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The Washington Apple Commission is exploring the idea of asking growers to add up to 1 cent per box to its assessment rate. The current

Collaboration is Key

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Working together makes us all more successful. The fresh pear industry in the Pacific Northwest is finishing the season with some of the best