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Pest Management

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Wasps released to eat stink bug eggs

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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Brown marmorated stink bugs show no signs of stopping their advance in the Pacific Northwest. But last fall, Oregon launched the first attempt to stop

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Leafhopper linked to little cherry disease

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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The growing incidence of little cherry disease in Pacific Northwest orchards prompted researchers to begin a project last year to survey leafhoppers that might be

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Can earwigs be beneficial in some orchards? – Video

March 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Don’t wig out in bug battle: WSU graduate student set to convince growers how earwigs can be beneficial in some orchards.

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Tips from Trellising 101

March 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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Trellising high-value crops or adding superstructure to existing trellises should not be left to guesswork.

The engineering principles applied to trellises are proven equations used in

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Study: Overhead cooling does not appear to impact the survival of E. coli on apples

March 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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As growers prepare to implement new food safety requirements in their orchards, several lingering questions remain.

Among them: Can water they spray to cool their crop

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Avoiding trellis failures

March 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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After a yearlong review of trellis failures in Washington apple orchards, an engineer has created a tool that growers can use to calculate loads in

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Putting your FSMA plans in writing

March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Cornell extension educators help growers write food safety policies.

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FSMA answers: Preparing your facility

March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

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Questions abound about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To keep you abreast of the latest information, Good Fruit Grower, in cooperation with industry

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Dillon Luebber, a young grower from Malaga, Washington

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Dillon was raised southeast of Wenatchee, Washington, along the Columbia River by Jan and Fern Luebber. He obtained an economics degree with

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Using genetics to create “a birth control pill” for moths

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Gene-editing research could lead to new control for codling moth

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Flying fruit a little easier

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Canadian initiative aims to boost Okanagan fruit sales, recognition.

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Get the lead, and arsenic, out

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Michigan State survey finds no dangerous levels of the chemicals in samples from state’s cider mills.

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Can grapes rebound after a hailstorm?

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

To hail and back: Some results can be ugly, but still productive.

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Nematodes worm their way into vineyards

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

A series of ongoing experiments and a rootstock trial are attempting to shed light on an often invisible problem in Washington’s vineyards: plant-parasitic nematodes.

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Tips to build a trusty trellis

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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Put at least one quarter of a trellis post in the ground, use high-quality wire and think of tug-of-war when placing end posts.

Those are just

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Corr: Hey, that’s not the Methow Valley!

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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