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IFTA Summer Tour wraps up with focus on research, frost

July 18th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Michigan tree fruit industry is chock full of innovative growers rapidly diversifying, modernizing and

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FutureFarm Expo set for August 15-17

July 14th, 2017|0 Comments

The first public demonstration of a virtual reality operated vineyard robot will take place during the FutureFarm Expo on August 15-16 in Pendleton, Oregon.

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Lake Ontario Tour shows wide range of New York tree fruit farming

July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

The only consistency on the Lake Ontario Fruit Program tour this summer was the humidity. Otherwise, the five-farm tour organized by Cornell University Cooperative Extension covered a remarkably diverse swath of tree fruit farming in a narrow band along Lake Ontario’s shores: new high density apple plantings and apple orchards far older than this reporter, along with high density peaches, berries, and a brand new cidery.

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Scholarships offered for United Fresh Washington Conference

July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

The application period for the 2017 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship is now open.

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OSU researchers develop field test for crown gall

July 11th, 2017|0 Comments

A woman can find out if she’s pregnant without going to a doctor. Soon, farmers may be able to find out if their fruit trees or grape vines have crown gall disease without going to a laboratory.

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Hansen: Filling void in weed research at WSU

July 6th, 2017|0 Comments

New WSU faculty member puts emphasis on weed management in Washington vineyards.

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Mite threatening honeybees in New York

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

A tiny mite is being blamed for major honeybee losses in New York, threatening the state’s $500 million agriculture industry.

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Cornell professor wants you to name his new grape

June 20th, 2017|0 Comments

At twice the size of a Concord, a new grape developed in New York is certainly a mouthful. So is its current name: NY98.0228.02.

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Northwest wine grape industry to streamline clean plant regulations

June 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Coming clean at the Clean Plant Center Northwest

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Rayapati: Risk of virus problems in field-grafted vineyards

June 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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The increasing demand for grapevines in the Pacific Northwest has many growers turning to field

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Same grapes, different names

June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

A long running debate over grapes in Missouri and Arkansas has been put to rest by researchers at Missouri State University.

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Ripe fruit make the best wine, but why it does may surprise you

May 31st, 2017|1 Comment

Getting a handle on hang time

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Scholarships available for IFTA trip to New Zealand

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

IFTA has reserved a limited number of spots on its 2018 New Zealand Study Tour and Annual Conference for recipients of Young Professional Scholarships.

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WSU offering free soil testing

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

WSU Extension is offering free soil health testing to a limited number of growers in Eastern Washington.

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Food safety answers: What’s in your water? — Videos

May 10th, 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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New model forecasts grapevine bud break, bloom and veraison

May 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Data dynamics: Predicting phenology

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Climate change is complicated for grape growers

May 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Wine grape growers share thoughts on how climate changes will impact vineyards.

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Prepare new leaders for success

May 7th, 2017|0 Comments

For best results, coach new crew bosses the ways of management.

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Derric Kirschenmann, a young grower from Shafter, California

May 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Derric decided to work alongside his family over a decade ago to grow the business north of Bakersfield.

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Native flora can attract beneficial insects to the vineyards and orchards

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Between rows, think local

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Studies show no downside to trying cover crops in vineyards

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Beneath the vines

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Do you have enough active carbon in your soil?

April 17th, 2017|0 Comments

WSU extension specialist offers tips on how to track the health of your orchard.

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How’s the quality of your water?

April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Research helps to develop guidelines for dealing with salinity, sodicity in the vineyard.

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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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Following your vines, not your calendar, makes for more successful vineyards

March 20th, 2017|0 Comments

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The key to managing productive vineyards in Washington’s variable climate is to make management decisions

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Mulch madness at Oregon soil workshop

March 16th, 2017|6 Comments

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

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National Grape & Wine Initiative names new president

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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Donnell Brown has been named president of the National Grape & Wine Initiative, succeeding Camron

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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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Lacey Lybeck, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/ Lacey grew up working alongside her family on their farm Hulbert Farms and

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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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Can grapes rebound after a hailstorm?

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

To hail and back: Some results can be ugly, but still productive.

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Nematodes worm their way into vineyards

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

A series of ongoing experiments and a rootstock trial are attempting to shed light on an often invisible problem in Washington’s vineyards: plant-parasitic nematodes.

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Wine grape research seminar set for April 19

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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Registration is open for Washington Advancements in Viticulture and Enology, a research-focused seminar designed for grape

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WSU to host event on climate’s effect on grapes

March 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

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In the Pacific Northwest, the warm spring and summer of 2016 led to the earliest

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Washington wine grape harvest sets record

March 1st, 2017|0 Comments

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Washington state’s wine grape harvest set a record in 2016, according to the Washington State

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Washington wine fundraiser nets $145,000

February 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Washington Wine Industry Foundation raised more than $145,000 at its Feb. 8 fundraiser event

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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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Tips for putting the fight back in fungicide

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

WSU extension specialist shares tips to overcome spray resistance.

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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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Grand Michigan winery brings Italian red grape varieties, wines north

February 15th, 2017|1 Comment

Italy in Michigan

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High tunnels extend vineyard growing season

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Mari Vineyards gets up to 25 more growing degree-days for grapes grown under tunnel structures

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Speakers dig into geological topics on final day of wine grape grower meetings

February 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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It’s taken for granted that everyone attending the Washington Winegrowers meeting in Kennewick, Washington believes

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Clusters along the Columbia

February 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Next to towering basalt cliffs, Washington winemaker finds great climate for growing grapes.

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Second day of wine grape grower meetings focuses on farming by phenology

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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As a snowstorm raged outside, attendees at the Washington Winegrowers conference in Kennewick, Washington were

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Hansen: A focus on wine research

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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As the first year of the Washington wine industry’s amplified research program is now behind

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New name announced for Washington’s wine grape growers

February 7th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers kicked off its annual meeting with a big

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NGWI picks 13 board members, 3 officers

February 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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Thirteen board members and three officers were elected at the National Grape & Wine Initiative

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Times for new vines

February 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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The largest player in Washington’s wine industry, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, estimates it will need

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Have your grapevines weathered the weather?

February 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

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It’s been a very wintery winter in the Northwest. While temperatures have not dipped below