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Getting employees to switch from ladders to platforms

August 24th, 2016|0 Comments

All aboard

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New tools to determine fruit quality parameters

August 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Several devices and methods to measure fruit quality have been introduced to the market — here’s a look at what they do.

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Trellis guide for high-density plantings in the works

August 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Trellis fails: Researchers aim to produce guide for growers

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Promising progress for solid-set delivery

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

MSU research team improves system to reduce chemical waste.

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Washington apple crop forecast: 2nd biggest in state history

August 4th, 2016|1 Comment

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Washington apple growers expect to harvest about 133 million 40-pound boxes — 2.67 million tons

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IFTA in New York: much ado about mechanization

July 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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Front and center at the International Fruit Tree Association’s 2016 Study Tour: mechanization.

Mechanical pruning and

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Tracking pathogens

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Whole genome sequencing tracks pathogens, perhaps to your door.

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What is whole genome sequencing?

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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Over the past year or so, whole genome sequencing has gotten a lot of attention

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SweeTango dancing in bigger numbers

July 13th, 2016|0 Comments

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The product of a breeding program at the University of Minnesota, the SweeTango apple variety

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Washington State’s 2016 estimated apple harvest: Big, but watch for caveats

July 11th, 2016|0 Comments

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Washington apple growers may harvest 176.4 million boxes of apples in 2016, according to an

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Assessment analyzes risk for spread of apple maggot

July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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A trio of pest consultants has concluded that transporting urban organic waste would likely spread

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State finalizes rules to kill maggots before shipping compost

July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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Washington state regulators have finalized special permit requirements for composters seeking to transport feed stocks

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Crop forecasts: this year, more apples and tart cherries

July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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Three recent fruit crop forecasts predict larger apple and tart cherry crops and a smaller

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Are your bins sanitary?

June 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Promising options for wooden and plastic bins’ "cleanability" were identified in study.

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New York Apple CEO retiring

June 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Jim Allen will retire as president and CEO of New York Apple Association Inc., effective

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How to grow the WA 2

June 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Both the WA 2 and the WA 38 were developed by Washington State University specifically

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Corr: Foxtrot dances its way onto the apple scene

June 20th, 2016|1 Comment

Grower Rob Wyles thinks he has a winner.

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Setting sights on the Cosmic Crisp consumer

June 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Fruit marketers band together to develop quality standards for Cosmic Crisp.

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New policy provides guidance for Cosmic Crisp propagation

June 15th, 2016|0 Comments

What about propagating?

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Growing Cosmic Crisp

June 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers offer more tips for growing WA 38, including girdling.

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Mexico dismisses dumping complaint against U.S. apple growers

June 7th, 2016|2 Comments

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The Mexican government has terminated an antidumping case filed by growers in the border state

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Breeding for apple consumer preferences

June 7th, 2016|2 Comments

Test orchard plays key role as researchers seek the next great apple variety.

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Trials to improve cider tannins and harvesting

June 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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For some cider makers, tannins are the holy grail of the cider business. Without tannins

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Cider apple variety shortage

June 6th, 2016|2 Comments

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This story has been updated to reflect a correction. 

Increasing interest in hard ciders and a

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The next GMO apple

June 3rd, 2016|16 Comments

Arctic Golden Delicious set to be the first commercial crop of genetically modified apples, plans are underway for an Arctic Fuji.

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Washington Apple Commission announces crop estimate, new officers

June 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

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The Washington Apple Commission has elected a slate of officers for the 2016-2017 season.

Dave Robison,

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Piece-rate pay guidelines

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Officials working to provide practical advice following last year’s Washington state Supreme Court ruling.

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Suzanne Niemann, a young grower from Yakima, Washington

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

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family background / Suzanne’s love of agriculture grew out of her interest in the sciences.

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Two growers weigh in on cider apple varieties

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

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Two key growers in the cider apple market are weighing in for Good Fruit Grower

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Making the most of cidermania

May 12th, 2016|1 Comment

Marketers changing strategies to meet growing consumer demand.

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Replacing labor with technology

May 10th, 2016|1 Comment

It can be a challenge for small growers with limited budgets.

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Heat treatment to beat the apple maggot

May 5th, 2016|2 Comments

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Environmental consultants for the state of Washington have recommended heating up yard waste before moving

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A lot of cans in 100 years

May 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Del Monte celebrates a century in Yakima, Washington.

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A spray-plus education (Video)

April 29th, 2016|1 Comment

Farm worker teaching team leads the nation in preparing workers for safe use of pesticides.

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Not your grandpa’s weather vane

April 27th, 2016|0 Comments

New fruit models, seamless data boost Michigan’s Enviro-weather system.

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Honeycrisp from Chile coming to U.S.

April 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Honeybear Brands of Minnesota bringing in its largest crop from South America plantings.

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New website for U.S. Apple

April 25th, 2016|0 Comments

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The U.S. Apple Association has released a new, mobile-friendly website at usapple.org.

The website continues to

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How to check for apple and peach bud damage

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

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Eastern growers are assessing bud damage in their peach and apple blocks after an unseasonably

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Eladio Gonzalez, a young grower from Selah, Washington

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Eladio, a second-generation farmer from the upper Yakima Valley, worked alongside his father, Miguel Gonzalez, in orchards and now manages several test orchards in Naches, Washington.

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Joe Brandt, a young grower from Wapato, Washington

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Joe returned to the 1,500-acre family farm after working in finance and manages domestic and export sales and marketing for the company.

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Planting frenzy

April 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Properly preparing the soil can help new plantings thrive.

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Wade: Free trade should include fair trade

April 19th, 2016|0 Comments

A Good Fruit Grower good point by Mike Wade, USApple chairman

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Watering by the numbers

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Extension specialists take the mystery out of irrigating.

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Changing ideas about water

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Irrigation becomes crucial tool even in well-watered East.

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Better ways to irrigate

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

WSU researcher offers tips for reducing water use.

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Know your soil before picking your rootstock

April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers encourage growers to match a rootstock’s ability to absorb nutrients to those nutrients found in the soil.

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Root care

April 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Remember to consider what lies beneath when maintaining a healthy orchard.

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Know your critical temperatures as East Coast freeze arrives

April 5th, 2016|0 Comments

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The East Coast is experiencing a second round of winter, and the anticipated freezing temperatures

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Ambrosia surge

April 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Marketing minds meet their apple match with increasing number of varieties.