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Crop Management and Pollination

Featured stories about pollination, fruiting and pest management appear in this issue.

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Gauging apple crop load

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When using the Equilifruit, it should fit tightly around the selected limb, about an inch away from the trunk. The F-values on the disk show

Bee Informed Partnership

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After five years of annual colony losses near or above 30 percent, beekeepers have settled in for the long haul in their struggle to find

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It’s still a family industry

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Consolidation within the Washington apple industry over the years has led to a dramatic drop in the number of growers, says Todd Fryhover, president of

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Safe havens for pollinators

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A bumblebee finds nectar in a wildflower planting.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF USDA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE

Fruit growers across the country will have a chance to sign

Export focus is not new

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The Washington apple industry was exporting a significant percentage of its crop, long before the Washington Apple Commission was formed. In 1930, seven million boxes,

Three keys to successful pollination

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Queen bees lay eggs singly in cells of the honeycomb. After the eggs hatch, worker bees feed the larvae in the cells and cap them

EU regulations stifle fruit exports

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Pacific Northwest apple and pear exports to Europe have dropped dramatically since pesticide ­regulations were harmonized among members of the European Union. Restrictive pesticide residue

Tools growers should be using

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To stay in business for the long haul, orchardists must produce exceptional quantities of exceptional fruit. Fortunately, there are many tools available to help growers

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Organic control for flea weevil

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Damage by apple flea weevil.
Matt Grieshop­­­

Organic apple growers in the Midwest appear to have a relatively simple solution to their problems with apple flea weevil,

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Tackle food safety one step at a time

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Implementing a food safety program for an orchard might seem overwhelming. But with forethought, planning, and willingness to seek assistance, growers can implement a workable

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Cherry research project progresses

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WSU engineers are developing a vibrating actuator that will be used with a mechanical harvester to shake limbs and remove fruit without damaging the trees.

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Rise and fall of the apple empire

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While Harold Copple managed the Apple Commision between 1947 and 1957, most of the apples produced in Washington were Winesap. During that period, the commission

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Easier access to MRLs

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Growers using Washington State University’s online Decision Aid System this season will be able to consider pesticide maximum residue limits (MRLs) of top foreign markets

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High density not for Concords

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A Washington State University study found that traditional spacings for juice grapes—around six feet between vines and nine feet between rows—was best of four vine

Heed global trends

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The global food business is increasingly complex, with new players, new linkages, and cause-and-effect reactions that impact food supply and prices, says Paul Roberts, journalist

Alcohol depresses wine aromas

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Ethanol (alcohol) interacts with sensory attributes of wine and can decrease the potency of aromas as the amount of alcohol increases, according to Dr. Carolyn

Flavor and quality still paramount

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Of all the attributes consumers are looking for today in their food—freshness, organic, local, and sustainable—flavor and quality are still paramount. Growers, shippers, and marketers

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Cripps Pink is in expansion mode

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Lady in Red is one of several highly colored strains of Cripps Pink that will be marketed as Pink Lady. Lady in Red will be

The myths of high-alcohol wine

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The recent trend of higher alcohol wines is related to winemakers wanting riper fruit so they can produce super-ripe, intense wines to meet market demands,

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Mechanical thinning of cherries

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The Electroflor looked promising for mechanically thinning cherries in tests that Karen Lewis, WSU extension specialist, conducted.

After success with mechanical thinning of stone fruit, researchers