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Ferguson: Renewed focus on little cherry disease

May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Research underway to study leafhopper vectors of Western X.

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Researchers crack the case on why cherries crack

May 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Too much water is a known cause of cherry cracking, but malic acid is a newly identified culprit.

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Controlling cherry cracking

May 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Reducing moisture uptake can help prevent cracking in storage.

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Neil Garrison, a young grower from Sunnyside, Washington

May 19th, 2016|1 Comment

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family background / Neil studied business and worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Thurlby: Hot for cherries

May 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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After record-setting heat in 2015, cherry growers look to new year.

Another Northwest cherry season is

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Breeding the new cherry

May 18th, 2016|0 Comments

WSU makes changes to sweet cherry program.

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Stoking the North American cherry market

May 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Cherry marketing: “awareness, awareness, awareness.”

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Optical lines are growing

May 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Upgrades using near-infrared technology to sort fruit are necessary to keep pace with the industry.

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Weekend rains did not dent Round 2 NW cherry forecast

May 16th, 2016|0 Comments

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Weekend rains should have little effect on the Northwest cherry crop, which growers had forecast

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Cherry optimism

May 13th, 2016|0 Comments

California cherry growing conditions are tough, but growers are tougher.

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Rain in California drops cherry estimate

May 13th, 2016|0 Comments

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Heavy rains in early May have significantly lowered the estimate of California’s sweet cherry crop.

As

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Northwest cherry growers expect larger crop in first estimate

May 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

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Cherry growers throughout the Northwest expect to harvest 207,460 metric tons, or 20.7 million 20-pound

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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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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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Ryan Bond, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Ryan is a second-generation grower managing about 800 acres, primarily consisting of cherry and pear trees in The Dalles and south through Dufur into the Tygh Valley.

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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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Using less water

April 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Study shows growers can reduce near-harvest irrigation of cherries without harming trees, fruit.

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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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How to attract workers

April 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Workers go where they can make the most money.

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Modern orchards and technology can potentially reduce production costs

April 4th, 2016|0 Comments

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The cost of producing apples has been rising faster than expected, largely because of increasing

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Keeping limbs in line with mechanical pruning – (video)

April 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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While not exactly new anywhere, mechanical hedging is seeing a youthful surge on both sides

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Hopes dim for demise of lanternfly

March 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers are no longer optimistic that bug first detected in 2014 can be quickly eradicated.

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No bees, but a lot of buzz about artificial pollination (video)

March 25th, 2016|2 Comments

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Pollination comes with problems. Bloom dates don’t overlap, honeybee colonies fail, weather doesn’t cooperate. The

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Growers asked to help with trellis design survey

March 25th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has recently funded a trellis engineering analysis project with

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6 tips for healthier bees

March 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Beekeeper offers tips for healthy bees, hearty pollination.

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Testing string theory

March 16th, 2016|3 Comments

Hand-held string thinners are gaining in popularity.

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Borers make their mark

March 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Northwest growers advised to watch for American plum borer.

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Meet the stinkbug’s worst nightmare

March 10th, 2016|0 Comments

A wasp no bigger than a flea could be the best tool against brown marmorated stinkbug.

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Searching for spotted wing drosophila

March 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Experts say growers should look beyond orchards for SWD.

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Danger from SWD?

March 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers are concerned that rising spotted wing drosophila numbers could cause problems for sweet cherries.

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Questions about little cherry infections

February 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers studying little cherry disease try to predict percentage of positive trees that show no symptoms.

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Differing life cycles pose challenges for controlling little cherry virus 2 vectors

February 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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In the past, mealybugs haven’t posed a significant problem for cherry growers because they don’t

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Seneca Foods buys Diana Fruit Co.

February 17th, 2016|0 Comments

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Seneca Foods Corporation said today that it has purchased Diana Fruit Co.  Seneca said the

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Michigan tart cherry growers switching to high-density plantings

February 12th, 2016|0 Comments

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The cherries in that slice of pie most likely came from an orchard in Michigan,

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Oregon cherry recovery

February 12th, 2016|0 Comments

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Oregon cherry growers will continue to recover from a 2014 freeze by pruning to encourage

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IFTA growers feel the big chill in Grand Rapids

February 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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The word of the day Tuesday, Day 4 of the IFTA conference in Grand Rapids,

Growers visit plots of cherries and apples during IFTA conference

February 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Tours, wine tasting and receptions all were on tap today (Sunday) on

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International cherry challenges

February 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

China’s economic struggles may make for a difficult cherry export year.

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Catherine Kiyokawa, a Young Grower from Parkdale, Oregon

January 29th, 2016|2 Comments

Catherine is a fourth-generation farmer. Her grandfather, Mamoru Kiyokawa, started growing tree fruit on the farm. Catherine works closely with her father, Randy, and older brother Cameron.

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Saving cherries from the birds

January 27th, 2016|1 Comment

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Cherry growers sometimes feel like they’re growing fruit mainly for the birds, but there is

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Cherry industry crowns 72nd Cherry King

January 15th, 2016|3 Comments

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Longtime grower Dennis Jones was crowned the 72nd Cherry King during the Cherry Institute meeting

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Impact of imports

January 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Fresh apples, pears and sweet cherries hold their own for U.S. producers.

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Nick Plath, a young grower from George, Washington

December 30th, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / George, Washington
age / 26
crops / Apples, cherries, and wine grapes
business / Washington Fruit

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New focus on grade standards

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Hort council aims for industry involvement to help monitor other nations’ quality metrics.

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WSU virologist retires

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Ken Eastwell will continue to work on little cherry disease after his retirement.

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Stinkbug continues its spread

December 7th, 2015|3 Comments

Northwest growers should be on the lookout for brown marmorated stinkbug