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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”

  • International Fruit Tree Association 60th annual conference

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

  • International Fruit Tree Association 60th annual conference

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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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|0 Comments

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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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

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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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Can earwigs be beneficial in some orchards? – Video

March 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Don’t wig out in bug battle: WSU graduate student set to convince growers how earwigs can be beneficial in some orchards.

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Putting your FSMA plans in writing

March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Cornell extension educators help growers write food safety policies.

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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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Dillon Luebber, a young grower from Malaga, Washington

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Dillon was raised southeast of Wenatchee, Washington, along the Columbia River by

  • Codling moth gene editing

Using genetics to create “a birth control pill” for moths

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Gene-editing research could lead to new control for codling moth

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Tips to build a trusty trellis

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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Put at least one quarter of a trellis post in the ground, use high-quality wire

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The GMO debate gets more complicated

February 28th, 2017|1 Comment

As growers and regulators try to keep up with advances in genomics, questions arise over what is and is not genetically engineered.

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Cutting-edge technique to keep pathogens away

February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Rutgers researchers hope gene-editing technology can make wine grapes resistant to downy mildew.

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Taming traits from the wild genome

February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

New genetic techniques have made it much faster for breeders to bring blue mold resistance from wild Eurasian apples into modern cultivars.

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Auvil: Are you ready for automated harvests?

February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

What growers need to know to prepare for implementing robotic harvest technology

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Tissue culture company begins selling plants directly to growers – Video

February 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Culture change: Oregon company looks to reduce wait time for key rootstocks

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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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Woods: Food safety answers

February 23rd, 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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Alfredo Jeronimo, a young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

February 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Alfredo grew up working in orchards alongside his father. After starting a family, Alfredo followed his interests in the packing side of the industry and is currently pursuing goals in orchard management.

  • Mari Vineyards, Michigan

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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Understanding the click pruning technique – Video

February 15th, 2017|2 Comments

Pruning technique puts physiology to work, gets sap flowing to reduce blind wood and manage vigor.

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Can science strengthen graft unions?

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

An experiment to stimulate stronger grafts on brittle Geneva 41 rootstocks reveals promise but no clear path.

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Club model seems to be working for SweeTango growers, consumers

February 15th, 2017|1 Comment

Sweet SweeTango

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Is your orchard robot ready? – Video

February 15th, 2017|2 Comments

Industry leaders break out crystal ball to help growers prepare for ‘game changers.’

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Blazing a trail for female growers

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

International Fruit Tree Association launches women’s group to provide education, mentorship.