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Bayer purchases AgraQuest
Bayer Crop Science, headquartered in Germany, has purchased the U.S. biological crop-protection company AgraQuest, Inc., for $425 million plus milestone payments, according to
Apple harvest season last year brought home to Dale Foreman just how important a reliable labor force was to his apple-growing operation. Some of his
Northwest grape growers thinking about planting vines in the near future are advised to plan well ahead. Strong demand for grapevines that’s coming from California
Grape growers have established a robust wine industry in the warmer areas of Washinton State. Now, apple growers are looking to create a cider industry
Washington Fruit and Produce Company, one of Washington’s top tree fruit producers, is seeing success in a new type of cultivation: helping the young children
In Canada’s Quebec province, the word cider means only one thing—fermented apple juice. You don’t call it hard cider, or apple wine. You just call
An over-the-row raspberry harvester is tested for harvesting cider apples
Cider apple growing overall requires fewer inputs than growing dessert fruit because superficial blemishes don’t
Perdue University Extension
Brown marmorated stinkbug, an invasive insect from Asia, swept over the Mid-Atlantic states’ fruit crops like a tsunami in the fall of 2010,
Left: The bittersweet apple Harry Master’s Jersey. Bittersweet apples are in big demand. Center: Yarlington Mill, a traditional bittersweet English cider variety. Right: Kingston Black
Scientists at Washington State University hope to breed apples with resistance to key apple pests.
Joseph Schwarz, a doctoral student with WSU in Wenatchee, this summer
Scientists with Washington State University in Mount Vernon hope to support an emerging hard cider culture by strengthening their research program. Hard cider is the
Peter Ringsrud used to grow picture-perfect Red and Golden Delicious apples at his East Wenatchee, Washington, orchard, but found little profit in it.
After a 25-year
Scientists around the United States are studying a natural enemy of the brown marmorated stinkbug that has been imported from China with the hope that
This year, the Washington Apple Education Foundation awarded scholarships worth a total of $475,000 to 187 students, but had to turn another 232 students away.
For the first time, Honeycrisp will make the list of the top six apple varieties produced in the United States this year.
The rank order of
Pennsylvania State University’s Dr. David Biddinger is a veteran in the army battling for better biocontrol, and it’s had its ups and downs. But it
U.S. apple growers will market a smaller-than-average-size crop this year, but pricing the product won’t be easy, and there are penalties for making the wrong
Washington State’s grape industry teamed up with researchers and regulatory officials last summer to educate growers and vintners about the importance of clean plants and
One of the specialty ciders produced at Cidrerie du Minot is called ice cider, which was invented in Quebec about 20 years ago. Most of
It’s been described as “explosively crisp!” and “an apple of almost magical qualities.
In 2006, the Association of University Technology Managers called it one of 25
Larry Pusey has used crab apples for his fireblight studies, as they can be manipulated to bloom year round in the greenhouse.
For almost 20
Grape selections that come out of the Clean Plant Center-Northwest Grapes are certified to be free of known grape viruses and crown gall disease, making
A continuous belt press at Tulip Valley Orchard and Vineyard in Mount Vernon, Washington.
Making cider is similar to making white wine, says Lars Ringsrud,
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