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Other teaching programs

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Washington State has several educational options for students interested in ­viticulture and enology. A four-year degree is offered at Washington State ­University, but three community

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Robotic pruning

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If researchers achieve the goals they have set for themselves, apple and grape growers should see the day when their dormant pruning will be done

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Classes for Hispanics

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Wenatchee Valley College will offer two employee educational programs for the 2012-2013 academic year—level one of its Hispanic Orchard Employee Education Program and level one

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Growers try it out

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About 50 people—growers and their employees—attended a late-September demonstration in the Jonagold orchard owned by David Rennhack in Hart, Michigan. Two days earlier, another demonstration

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Automated crop estimating

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Robotics experts at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania are confident they can develop a machine able to count apples in orchards in order to provide

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Fixed spray system evaluated in New York

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For Cornell University entomologist Dr. Art Agnello, the grant funding for research to develop and evaluate the Solid Set Canopy Delivery System (SSCD) for spraying

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Cold is hot topic at Expo

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Great Lakes region fruit growers won’t soon forget 2012, the year that Mother Nature, for the first time in the lifetimes of all but a

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Austrian researcher tests seaweed claims

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Manufacturers of biostimulants derived from ­seaweed, or algae, say the products can provide multiple benefits when applied to crops.

Purported benefits include better root growth, resistance

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Sterile insects get a boost

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In 1959, the very nasty flesh-invading screwworm fly was eradicated from Florida using a new kind of technology called SIT—Sterile Insect Technique.

Since then, the technology

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Students follow grapes from berry to bottle

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During the second week of class, having had just two lectures to learn about safety and sanitation, Trent Ball’s students were already gaining practical experience,

AGweathernet will work with mobile devices

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Washington State University’s AgWeatherNet is a state-of-the-art automated weather data collection and decision support system.

It provides a Web-based suite of weather data and decision-support tools

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Vineyard and winery courses go online

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Yakima Valley Community College, through a national science grant, is transitioning its vineyard and winery educational program to an online and hybrid format to better

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Weather forecasting tested

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Washington State University’s automated weather station network, is testing a national forecasting model as a tool to predict weather systems, such as hail or freezes,

In The Box

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Missing Pear Fact
Dear Good Fruit Grower:

I greatly enjoyed your September pear issue of the Good Fruit Grower.

The article “A plethora of pears” was most interesting.

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Research project tackles trunk diseases

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Researchers will use nearly $1.8 million in grant money to develop new detection, extension, and research tools for managing wood-canker diseases of grapes and nut

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Seaweeds tested for pest control

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Seaweed extracts are typically used by growers with the aim of improving tree growth and enhancing fruit yields and quality. Although the extracts are regulated

How cold hardy?

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Washington State University scientists hope to find a better way to assess cold hardiness of apple and sweet cherry buds and blooms in early spring.

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Grape growers to visit Capitol Hill

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Washington State diversified farmer Brenton Roy wants to see more of the state’s wine grape industry attend a national grape policy conference held annually in

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Des Layne joins WSU

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Washington State University has appointed Dr. Desmond Layne, a professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, to the new position of tree fruit extension team

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Planning for continued success

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Those are among the reasons why the main theme of the association’s annual meeting, December 3 to 5, will be succession planning, says David Douglas,

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Machines in Quebec

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Apple growers in Canada’s Quebec Province aren’t having the labor problems U.S. growers have. They have access to Hispanic workers from Central America through a

Good Stuff

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New Zealand’s Tow and Blow
Tow and Blow is a portable wind machine developed in New Zealand by engineer Kim McAulay. He used to import wind

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New director

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Soil Scientist Dr. Rich Koenig has been appointed associate dean and director of Washington State University Extension. He was formerly chair of WSU’s department of

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Last Bite

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Winemaking in France is believed to date back at least 2,600 years to the ­founding of Massilia, the city now known as Marseille. So it’s

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Yeast tested as lure

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A species of yeast that University of California scientists have found in cherries and raspberries infested by the spotted wing drosophila could play a role

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Good to Know

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Grape growers have been closely watching the spread of the brown marmorated stinkbug (Halyomorpha halys Stål). It was first identified in 1996 in Allentown, Pennsylvania,

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Good to Know—What growers want in new varieties

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Adopting a new scion cultivar is a crucial decision for tree fruit growers, who must consider both horticultural and market performance. Apple growers have mostly

B.C.’s Sterile Insect Release program evolves

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In sterile insect release, male insects made sterile by exposure to gamma radiation are released in huge numbers to compete with normal wild males. When

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No more airblast spraying?

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MSU horticulturist Ron Perry, left, worked with engineers to design and install the system. Here he works with two technicians.
PHOTO BY RICHARD LEHNERT

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