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Inmates help with grape research

  • September 12th, 2014

Most spider mite research projects involve the tedious work of counting spider mites—peering down a microscope to count tiny specks on leaves.

Some would even call it cruel and unusual punishment. But a Washington State University researcher has found a workforce that enjoys the monotonous work, and he’s even saving [...]

  • OSU hopes to fill David Sugar’s research position

OSU hopes to fill David Sugar’s research position

  • September 3rd, 2014

Growers and other stakeholders will meet on September 9 at Oregon State University’s Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center near Medford to discuss how a plant pathology research position might be filled.

Dr. David Sugar, who worked primarily on postharvest pear problems, retired from the station in May, leaving OSU [...]

Tree fruit associations close down

  • August 29th, 2014

Two long-established tree fruit organizations closed their doors on August 29 as they merged into the new Washington State Tree Fruit Association.

Neither the Washington Growers Clearing House Association nor the Wenatchee Valley Traffic Association will have staff working with the new association.

The staff at the other two organizations, Yakima [...]

Large crops impact pricing for processing apples

  • August 28th, 2014

The prospect of Washington State’s record apple crop, with more than 20 million bushels of sort-outs, is having an effect on the processing apple market.

Phil Pitts, who mans the sales desk for the Michigan Processing Apple Growers Association, said those bushels overhung the bargaining process with Michigan processors. He [...]