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Let there be light

September 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Two Washington pear growers try to bring light to lower canopies with trees on Y-trellises.

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In the hunt for cold-hardy pears

September 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

A Vermont organic grower is evaluating 84 pear varieties as cold-hardy rootstock candidates.

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Pear industry continues push for more pear conditioning

September 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Persistent conditions

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Field day tips for growing Cosmic Crisp

September 19th, 2016|0 Comments

The university plans to hold a companion field day at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 in Quincy and Wenatchee.

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Central Washington pear grower innovates, adapts

September 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Rudy Prey of Leavenworth, Washington, does things with his pear trees that not all, or even most growers, do.

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The big push for a dwarfing rootstock

September 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Amelanchier rootstock continues to exceed expectations, while cold-hardy quince candidates have been narrowed to 14 accessions.

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Dhingra: The age of the pear

September 14th, 2016|0 Comments

The pear industry has unlimited potential and is ripe for a revolution

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Fresh pear industry pushes for stand-up “pouch” bags

September 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Grab and go for consumer convenience

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Lessons learned from Listeria contamination of caramel apples

September 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Aftermath of an outbreak

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The tech advantage of digital oversight – Video

September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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Wafler Farms wanted to do more than just mechanize tasks on the farm.

Paul Wafler also

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Jared Gidley, Young Grower from Parkdale, Oregon

September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Jared is a first-generation farmer who worked several orchard jobs growing up in Parkdale, Oregon.

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Orchard innovators: Practices should change with mechanization

September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Learning Wafler Farms’ tall spindle tipped (TST) system.

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Mechanization is rolling along — Video

August 31st, 2016|0 Comments

Innovative New York growers find success with platforms and more.

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Northwest organic pear growers opt out of assessments

August 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Organic Pearxit

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WSTFA fills two key positions

August 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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Jacqui Gordon Nunez has been named director of education and member services at the Washington

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Getting employees to switch from ladders to platforms

August 24th, 2016|2 Comments

All aboard

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New tools to determine fruit quality parameters

August 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Several devices and methods to measure fruit quality have been introduced to the market — here’s a look at what they do.

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Bouncing back bigger and better

August 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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Eleven months to the day after a wildfire destroyed a packing house in central Washington,

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Trellis guide for high-density plantings in the works

August 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Trellis fails: Researchers aim to produce guide for growers

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Promising progress for solid-set delivery

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

MSU research team improves system to reduce chemical waste.

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Troublesome pest makes a comeback

August 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Thought to be eradicated years ago, grape rootworm has returned to New York and Pennsylvania vineyards.

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Red tape keeps some workers out

August 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Farm labor housing struggles against federal loan stipulation.

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Know your risks with Early Robin

August 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Early blush variety comes with growing challenges.

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Devon Newhouse, Young Grower from Sunnyside, Washington

July 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Devon’s family started out raising cattle in the Yakima Valley, then moved into hops, tree fruit and grapes.

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Bearing down on black stem borers – VIDEO

July 29th, 2016|1 Comment

New York researchers working to stop one of the newest apple pests.

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Tracking pathogens

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Whole genome sequencing tracks pathogens, perhaps to your door.

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What is whole genome sequencing?

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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Over the past year or so, whole genome sequencing has gotten a lot of attention

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Protect your customers, protect your orchard

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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Listeria is a true environmental bacterium, not requiring an animal host, and occurs naturally in

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Managing mummy berry

July 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers aim to improve control for blueberry disease.

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Growers lay out future of family farm with succession plan

July 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Generations to follow

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New peach and nectarine varieties help Eastern growers compete

July 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Marketing challenges in the Mid-Atlantic

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Simple steps for water sampling

July 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers are educating packing house operators and growers about proper water sampling methods in orchards and vineyards.

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Water sampling 101

July 13th, 2016|1 Comment

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In a recent interview with Good Fruit Grower, UC-Davis researchers Melissa Partyka, Ronald Bond and

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The math of food safety

July 13th, 2016|0 Comments

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Melissa Partyka, research ecologist at the Western Center for Food Safety at the University of

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Assessment analyzes risk for spread of apple maggot

July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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A trio of pest consultants has concluded that transporting urban organic waste would likely spread

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Reinventing the string thinner (Video)

July 7th, 2016|0 Comments

California cling peach grower modifies Darwin for nonplanar orchards.

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Wine grape revelations

July 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Survey finds research program matches growers’ needs, but more education efforts may be necessary.

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Five other grapes grown to resist the cold

June 28th, 2016|0 Comments

These varieties were developed to withstand Minnesota’s winters.

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Check up on farm labor rules

June 28th, 2016|0 Comments

After recent court ruling, more growers will need farm labor contractor licenses even for workers they don’t directly hire.

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Are your bins sanitary?

June 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Promising options for wooden and plastic bins’ "cleanability" were identified in study.

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Minnesota’s dry, cold-hardy white

June 27th, 2016|0 Comments

New white wine grape variety shows resistance to downy, powdery mildew, phylloxera.

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A new way to apply chemicals

June 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Results look promising for solid-set canopy system delivery.

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How to grow the WA 2

June 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Both the WA 2 and the WA 38 were developed by Washington State University specifically

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Setting sights on the Cosmic Crisp consumer

June 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Fruit marketers band together to develop quality standards for Cosmic Crisp.

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New policy provides guidance for Cosmic Crisp propagation

June 15th, 2016|0 Comments

What about propagating?

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Growing Cosmic Crisp

June 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers offer more tips for growing WA 38, including girdling.

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Breeding for apple consumer preferences

June 7th, 2016|2 Comments

Test orchard plays key role as researchers seek the next great apple variety.

  • Marcus Robert at Tieton Cider Works

Trials to improve cider tannins and harvesting

June 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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For some cider makers, tannins are the holy grail of the cider business. Without tannins

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Cider apple variety shortage

June 6th, 2016|2 Comments

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This story has been updated to reflect a correction. 

Increasing interest in hard ciders and a