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Don’t invest in unwanted shoot growth

March 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

With spring approaching in the Northern Hemisphere, a new season for orchardists starts with flowers, new leaves and shoots — and much anxiety.

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Fighting honeybee decline with instrumental insemination — Video

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

WSU researchers hope to breed better bees

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A new, old bee

March 21st, 2017|0 Comments

From high in the Tien Shan Mountains of Central Asia, Washington State University entomologists Steve Sheppard and Brandon Hopkins have brought home semen from a new strain of honeybees that evolved right alongside the wild apple tree.

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Mulch madness at Oregon soil workshop

March 16th, 2017|2 Comments

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At a soil health workshop organized by Oregon State University in the Dalles, Oregon, several

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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The GMO debate gets more complicated

February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

As growers and regulators try to keep up with advances in genomics, questions arise over what is and is not genetically engineered.

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Tissue culture company begins selling plants directly to growers – Video

February 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Culture change: Oregon company looks to reduce wait time for key rootstocks

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ITFA Day 3: “From Bud to Bin”

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

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The second day of tours for the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60th annual conference in Washington

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Is it really clean? Aggressive cleaning makes big difference

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Study shows areas with floor, wall damage are key harborage sites for Listeria.

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First day of IFTA tours focuses on the future

February 21st, 2017|0 Comments

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The first day of orchard tours at the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60th annual conference

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Alfredo Jeronimo, a young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

February 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Alfredo grew up working in orchards alongside his father. After starting a family, Alfredo followed his interests in the packing side of the industry and is currently pursuing goals in orchard management.

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Growers needed for cherry index chart survey

February 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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Washington State University and Oregon State University are looking for growers to complete a survey

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Michigan researcher finds drastic pruning shows promise for cherries

February 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

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Whole tree renewal is an admittedly wild notion, but it appears to be working, according

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Chris Oakes, Young Grower from Lyndonville, New York

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/ Chris is a fourth-generation farmer who works with many of his relatives along

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Researchers advocate whole tree renewal pruning

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Replace traditional limb-by-limb method by starting over, one tree at a time

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Sweethearts beat Bings in 2016 cherry shipping numbers

January 27th, 2017|0 Comments

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For the first year ever, Bing was not king.

In 2016, Northwest cherry growers shipped more

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New postharvest fungicide idea comes from an old place

January 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Natamycin emerges as a possible nontoxic postharvest fungicide.

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Oregon Grower Bob Bailey named 2017 Cherry King

January 20th, 2017|0 Comments

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Bob Bailey of Orchard View Farms in The Dalles, Oregon, was named the 2017 Cherry

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Empire State Producers Expo: Thursday wrapup

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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When placing the end post of your orchard trellis system, think of a game of

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Washington grower and packer Gary W. Hansen dies at 73

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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Gary W. Hansen, the former president of Hansen Fruit and Cold Storage of Yakima, Washington,

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Ariane Stechmann, Young Grower from Hamburg, Germany

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Ariane is the oldest of four siblings who make up the family’s

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Empire State Producers Expo: Wednesday wrapup

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

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A sparsely attended but lively discussion about H-2A guest workers highlighted Wednesday’s proceedings at the

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Where do you match consumer expectations?

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Economists quantify importance of fruit qualities based on differing perspectives of producers, packers and consumers.

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Empire State Producers Expo: Tuesday wrapup

January 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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No more theory. No more hypothetical examples.

Four apple growers, as well as a few vegetable

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Empire State Producers Expo: Monday wrapup

January 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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About 50 farmers, many of them apple growers, took one of their first official first

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Washington state expands apple maggot quarantine area

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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After finding apple maggot in the southeastern corner of Lincoln County, the Washington State Department

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Trade questions loom as 2017 begins

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Focus for the year ahead is keeping current markets open while the U.S. tree fruit industry awaits the president-elect’s actions on trade.

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Public input requested on labor practices charter

January 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association are seeking public input on a

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Additional scholarships available for Washington farmers market convention

January 4th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Washington State Farmers Market Association has received funding for an additional 25 specialty crop

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Nick Ferrari, Young Grower from Linden, California

December 30th, 2016|1 Comment

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family background/ Fourth-generation farmer in the San Joaquin Valley. Nick has volunteered with several young

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Industry groups lend plenty of opportunities for growers to get involved

December 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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In Washington’s tree fruit industry, three state commissions, four federal marketing orders, numerous nonprofit associations

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Finding the right people

December 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Orchards and packing houses aren’t the only places in the fruit industry with a labor shortage. Universities also are struggling to hire researchers and educators needed to keep the industry ahead of pest pressures, prepared for food safety requirements, growing new varieties and in tune with emerging technology.

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RosBREED, part II

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Consumers want great tasting fruit with few or no blemishes. Growers want that, too, but

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WSU Extension plans 2017 winter tree fruit programs

December 15th, 2016|0 Comments

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Tree fruit producers and industry professionals are invited to five WSU Tree Fruit Extension Programs

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2017 Cherry Institute will be held Jan. 20 — Pear, WSFC nominations at annual meetings

December 14th, 2016|0 Comments

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The 74th annual Cherry Institute is set for Jan. 20, 2017, at the Yakima Convention

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WSTFA annual meeting — Wednesday wrapup

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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Farm transfer planning and lending were the topics in one Wednesday morning session about “Future

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Day two of the WSTFA annual meeting, morning summary – Videos

December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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Technology and mechanization led the topics for the second day at the Washington State Tree

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Day 1, Washington hort show, morning summary – Video

December 5th, 2016|0 Comments

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Speakers hammered away at the theme of “change” to kick off the 112th annual meeting

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A succession story: 2016 Growers of the year

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Bill and Mark Zirkle credit teamwork for company’s growth and fruitful legacy.

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Diversity wins: 2016 Growers of the year

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Blueberries, wine grapes are among Zirkle Fruit’s most recent endeavors.

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Washington State hires tree fruit extension specialist

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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Washington State University has hired Rob Blakey for an endowed position as tree fruit extension

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Jesus Ramos, Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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family background/ Jesus, son of Javier and Irma Ramos, is the first in his immediate

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Share your know-how and grow-how — Great Lakes Expo preview

November 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Expert view: Individual growers must take on customer fears about GMOs and chemicals.

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WSTFA annual meeting 2016: How continuous change forces adaptation

October 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Why change now? A Good Point by Sam Godwin

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Latest MRL report is available for apples and cherries

October 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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In response to increasing industry concerns about complying with Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for pesticides

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Northwest Farm Credit Services gives positive report on region’s tree fruit and wine grapes crops

October 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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Northwest Farm Credit Services, the lending cooperative, reports a positive outlook for tree fruit and