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Good to Know: How to rate viruses

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

With three-dozen different viruses that can be found on cherry trees, which ones do growers need to worry about? Cherry viruses were rated on a zero to 10 scale, where zero equals “no need to worry about this virus” and where 10 equals “grower action is imperative!”

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What’s hiding in your orchard?

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

A survey of cherry viruses in Oregon has turned up none that are new to the Pacific Northwest, which is a good thing. However, at least two new viruses, and possibly a third, have been detected in Oregon for the first time — and two of the three could have a significant impact on cherry production if not controlled.

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Looking ahead to the Northwest cherry season

May 19th, 2017|0 Comments

As I sit here in my office in Yakima, Washington, on April 7, it’s cold and rainy outside. In Washington, we just came through the rainiest March on record, and the view from the window tells me the season has yet to give way to what most of us would call “springtime conditions.”

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How grower renewed aging block of cherry trees

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

A tale of 17 acres

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Make the most of your mulch – Video

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Pruning wood and mowing weeds can provide extra food for soil organisms that help keep trees healthy.

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Tart cherries growers shake it up in the Northwest – Video

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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Under the canopy, a mechanical claw reaches out to grasp the trunk, clamps and shakes

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Glade Brosi, young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Glade is originally from Kentucky and joined Stemilt in 2011 with a

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Reconstructing WSU’s sweet breeding program

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Changes make the WSU sweet cherry breeding program more efficient and focused to set up its new breeder for success.

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H-2A expands despite costs

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Even with political questions, legal risks and high costs, growers across the U.S. continue to hire foreign guest workers.

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Modernizing the nursery with machines

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Improvements in machines bring increased adaptation.

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Grower shares family’s succession story

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Planning for the future

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What’s next with FSMA?

May 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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Most regulations tied to passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act won’t take effect until

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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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EPA tightens workplace rules

May 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Agency introduces substantial updates to protection standards.

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10 tips for hiring new workers

May 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Put in the work on hiring and entice your best to return

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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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Cider makers embrace regional variation

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

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Google the phrase “The Napa Valley of Hard Cider.”

Turns out, a lot of places,

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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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What’s going on down there? Facts about organic matter

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers share knowledge about the underground dynamics of fresh organic matter.

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Searching for the naked truth of soil science

April 21st, 2017|0 Comments

New grant seeks to understand how some rootstocks recruit beneficial soil microbes to boost breeding efforts.

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Gillison’s Variety Fabrication donates mechanical planter to Michigan State University

April 21st, 2017|0 Comments

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A donated piece of equipment will help Michigan State University fruit research stations plant more

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Brown named president of National Grape & Wine Initiative

April 21st, 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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WSU’s continuing search for endowed chair of soil science

April 21st, 2017|0 Comments

“The Soil of Contemplation”

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Sorry about the label confusion

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Good Fruit Grower ran a story in our April 15 issue about the Washington Apple Commission discussing uses of its apples logo and sticker.

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Let vigor be your guide : Video

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Precision crop load management strategies lower risk and raise fruit quality.

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Grower says bloom thinning by hand gets the results he wants

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Let hands take hold

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Too hot to handle calcium

April 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Unusually warm, dry weather reduces the effectiveness of calcium sprays for growers in the Eastern United States.

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Young grower mixes new ideas with 125-year-old traditions

April 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Growing at home

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I-9 form gets ‘smart’

April 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Updated employment eligibility verification form features electronic tools, new information fields.

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Fertilizer tips to maximize baby tree growth

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Nourishing new orchards

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New methods to get from bud to bin : Videos

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Tree system architecture for apple orchards a key topic for IFTA speakers, grower tours.

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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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Healthy cherries from the ground up

April 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Diagnostic tools will prevent you from paying for too much fertilizer.

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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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Brett Grobe, a Young Grower from Elyria, Ohio

April 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Brett is a sixth-generation fruit and vegetable grower in northern Ohio near

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Staying on top of trends and tastes : Video

April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

For apple growers, domestic and global markets hold promising opportunities if you know what to look for.

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Help for blossom thinning

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Better crop management models available for Honeycrisp, Granny Smith and Red Delicious.

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Researcher convinced he can replace honeybees

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

WSU horticulturist secures three more years of funding for mechanical pollination research.

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Where can I get training to be prepared for FSMA?

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Answers to your food safety questions

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What’s killing these trees?

March 29th, 2017|1 Comment

Pathologists hope a survey of Northeast apple growers will provide clues in the case of rapid apple decline.

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Feeling blue in Michigan

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Blueberry production costs rise while market prices are dropping

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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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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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How busy are your bees?

March 21st, 2017|0 Comments

New model will predict pollinator efficiency and fruit set.

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What wildflowers are best to attract bees?

March 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Michigan State University pollination study reveals best attractants for bees that you may want to plant near your trees.

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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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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