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Wenatchee district pear grower, handler nomination meeting set

November 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Pear handlers will elect nominees for a Wenatchee district grower position and a handler position on the Fresh Pear Committee of Marketing Order 927.

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Yakima district pear grower nomination meeting set

November 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Pear handlers will elect nominees for a Yakima district grower position on the Fresh Pear Committee of Marketing Order 927.

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Sprouts Farmers Market named Pear Retailer of the Year

October 24th, 2017|0 Comments

For the second straight year, the pear industry has granted the Pear Retailer of the Year honor to a Phoenix-based natural foods store.

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Underwood Fruit plans to rebuild after fire

October 20th, 2017|2 Comments

The federal government is investigating a fire that destroyed a pear packing facility in Bingen, Washington, while the company is rerouting its fruit and some of its employees to other Northwest packers.

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Stemilt will use virtual reality for tours at PMA show

October 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Those attending the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit will get a glimpse of Stemilt Growers without having to leave the conference.

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The global fire blight fight

September 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Belgian researchers at pcfruit are examining biocontrols and detection methods for fire blight.

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Conference pear challenge

September 27th, 2017|0 Comments

After going all-in with Conference pears, have Belgian growers reached a tipping point?

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Disease-seeking drone research

September 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Belgian scientists research using drones, multispectral sensors to detect fire blight in pear orchards.

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Sustainable and less sticky solutions for pear psylla

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

New pear IPM project looks at potential for biocontrols and pest repellents.

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Packers improve, impress with pears

September 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Wenatchee pear packers show Interpera group new technology on their lines.

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Customers are willing to pay a premium only on high quality, fresh sliced pears

September 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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A premium price
Recently, a willingness-to-pay study has shown that consumers are willing to pay up

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Tarrah Te Velde, a young grower from Cashmere, Washington

September 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/Tarrah works with her mother Michelle Te Velde on their family pear orchard that

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The Endicott Tree: National treasure hedged in by time and development

August 31st, 2017|0 Comments

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Hidden from view, down an embankment in an unremarkable business park north of Boston stands

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Perry, cider’s understated cousin, making its own name

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

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An alcoholic beverage made from fermented pears that was a favorite drink

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Allan Bros. paces innovation

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Longtime Washington fruit company leads the way with development of new technologies, including collaboration on vacuum picker.

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New version of UC Produce Facts app released

August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Postharvest Center at the University of California, Davis has released a new version of

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Report: European apple forecast down 21 percent

August 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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The World Apple and Pear Association is forecasting a 2017 European apple crop that will

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Northwest pear growers announce 2017 fresh market volume estimate

August 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Northwest pear growers anticipate harvesting about the same volume of fresh market pears as last year, but organic production is expected to skyrocket.

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The ag advocates

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Hort Council presses on amid leadership change.

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Overcoming the pear plateau: Interpera 2017 – Video

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Growers gather to share ideas to increase production, which has been flat for the past 10 years around most of the world.

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The quest for new varieties, cold-hardy rootstock

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

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Researchers from around the world presented their latest findings regarding cold-hardy rootstocks and new varieties

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WSU Transitioning to Organic tour set for Aug. 2, 3

July 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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Washington State University and the Next Generation Tree Fruit Network will hold a pair of

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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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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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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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New Canadian pear varieties are fire blight tolerant

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

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A decade after a processing plant closed and persistent fire blight problems pushed many Ontario

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Interpera Congress addresses industry inertia

June 15th, 2017|0 Comments

About 150 people attended the first day of Interpera 2017, this year’s World Pear Congress meeting, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Wenatchee.

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Northwest pear growers predict smaller crop

June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Northwest pear growers are estimating a fresh crop of about 17.6 million boxes for the 2017 season, down 2 percent from last year and down 10 percent from the five-year average.

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Vanguard International buys Pride Packing

May 25th, 2017|0 Comments

The Vanguard International Group of Issaquah, Washington, has purchased Pride Packing Co. of Wapato, Washington, to further its goal of developing a vertically integrated fresh-fruit organization.

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Processed Pear Committee looking for public member nominations

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

The public member position of the Processed Pear Committee will be up for nomination during the committee's annual meeting.

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WSDA dedicates research greenhouse to study plant viruses

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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The newest research greenhouse in Prosser, Washington, will dramatically expedite and expand the tree fruit

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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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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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Washington state’s Borton Fruit, Chelan Fresh to merge

May 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Two longtime Washington state fruit companies will join forces when Chelan Fresh merges with Borton Fruit this summer.

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Cost falls to renew pear scald chemical

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Pear industry leads the way to renew growers’ access to the scald-controlling chemical.

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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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Northwest pear growers will continue marketing order

April 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Overwhelming majorities in favor of order

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Kelsey Twitchell, a young grower from Dryden, Washington

April 20th, 2017|1 Comment

Kelsey’s family farm is nestled in the hills of Washington’s upper Wenatchee Valley, where they grow fresh market pears.

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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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Fertilizer tips to maximize baby tree growth

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Nourishing new orchards

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The latest on FF Robotics’ machine harvester

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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IFTA’s summer field tour in New York last year focused on automation technologies and growers

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Pear psylla, just like spider mites, showing resistance to pesticides

April 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Resistance is inevitable

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Don’t invest in unwanted shoot growth

March 23rd, 2017|1 Comment

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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Yakima pear handler nominations set

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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Pear handlers will elect nominees for the Yakima, Washington, handler position on the Fresh Pear

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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|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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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.