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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.

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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|0 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.

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New research aims to learn more about hard cider apples

February 12th, 2017|1 Comment

Michigan State project peels away the unknowns of hard cider apples.

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Rosé Cider Anyone?

February 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Red-juiced apples give cidermakers a new color for their palettes, and may fill other needs as well.

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Clusters along the Columbia

February 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Next to towering basalt cliffs, Washington winemaker finds great climate for growing grapes.

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Times for new vines

February 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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The largest player in Washington’s wine industry, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, estimates it will need

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Michigan researcher finds drastic pruning shows promise for cherries

February 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

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Whole tree renewal is an admittedly wild notion, but it appears to be working, according

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Chris Oakes, Young Grower from Lyndonville, New York

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/ Chris is a fourth-generation farmer who works with many of his relatives along

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Researchers advocate whole tree renewal pruning

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Replace traditional limb-by-limb method by starting over, one tree at a time

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New postharvest fungicide idea comes from an old place

January 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Natamycin emerges as a possible nontoxic postharvest fungicide.

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Targeting bacterial pathogens in cold storage with ozone

January 26th, 2017|0 Comments

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Much is still unknown about contamination risks from pathogens in fruit packing warehouses. Researchers across

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Safeguarding Honeycrisp from storage disorders

January 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Packers have options to help protect against Honeycrisp storage disorders.

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Beating bitter pit in Honeycrisp

January 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers look for postharvest strategies to reduce bitter pit risks in Honeycrisp.

  • Plant Physiologist David Rudell at the USDA’s Tree Fruit Research Laboratory in Wenatchee, Washington.

Seeing scald before it happens with new tool

January 25th, 2017|0 Comments

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Warehouses employ a variety of strategies to prevent superficial scald from spoiling apples during storage,

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Hanrahan: Food safety questions and answers

January 20th, 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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Compliance countdown: Getting ready for next year’s food safety regulations

January 20th, 2017|0 Comments

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Inspections under the Food Safety Modernization Act are coming to orchards and packing plants in

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Ariane Stechmann, Young Grower from Hamburg, Germany

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Ariane is the oldest of four siblings who make up the family’s

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Problematic pairings with Geneva 935

January 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Certain scion strains show mysterious tree decline symptoms when combined with Geneva 935 rootstocks.

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British Columbia’s government replant program aims at farm renewal

January 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Program's not just about new varieties, it's replanting recharged

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Growers to vote on keeping pear marketing order

January 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Pear decision ahead for Pacific Northwest growers

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Cuban farms: Making virtue from necessity

January 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Shortages of fuel, chemicals and machinery make Cuban farms organic but not efficient.

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Cuba’s next chapter? Not so fast

January 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Politics and Cuba’s own challenges make the island a distant prospect for tree fruit growers.

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Insider tips to avoid growing an $8 box of fruit

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Success from tree to market

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Trade questions loom as 2017 begins

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Focus for the year ahead is keeping current markets open while the U.S. tree fruit industry awaits the president-elect’s actions on trade.

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Wine industry leaders, growers team up to discuss policy agenda

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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Grape growers, winemakers and retailers want to speak in a more unified voice when sharing

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Concord grape prices still disappoint

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Low prices continue, though juice grape growers haul in good production.

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Wine grape industry continues hot growth

January 4th, 2017|0 Comments

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September U.S. wine sales rose from $3.3 billion to $3.7 billion, helping set an annual

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Grape Society presents its annual awards

January 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

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The Washington State Grape Society presented three industry awards at the annual meeting in November

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Nick Ferrari, Young Grower from Linden, California

December 30th, 2016|1 Comment

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family background/ Fourth-generation farmer in the San Joaquin Valley. Nick has volunteered with several young

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How does smoke affect wine grapes?

December 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Researcher tests the effects of wildfire smoke on grapes and wine

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Industry groups lend plenty of opportunities for growers to get involved

December 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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In Washington’s tree fruit industry, three state commissions, four federal marketing orders, numerous nonprofit associations

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Finding the right people

December 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Orchards and packing houses aren’t the only places in the fruit industry with a labor shortage. Universities also are struggling to hire researchers and educators needed to keep the industry ahead of pest pressures, prepared for food safety requirements, growing new varieties and in tune with emerging technology.

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B.C. pest management strategies build on deep roots

December 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Traps throughout Fred Steele’s orchard in Kelowna are the first line of defense against a horde of new pests that growers in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley face.

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The GMO apple has arrived

December 27th, 2016|5 Comments

“It’s not going away,” says Neal Carter of Okanagan Specialty Fruit.

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Tracking fire blight

December 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

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This past summer, a team of researchers armed with scissors walked through a North Central

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RosBREED, part II

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Consumers want great tasting fruit with few or no blemishes. Growers want that, too, but

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Cold-hardy apple variety draws interest for hard ciders

December 21st, 2016|0 Comments

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Sometimes good things come in large packages.

For the owner of a small orchard in New

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WSU Extension plans 2017 winter tree fruit programs

December 15th, 2016|0 Comments

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Tree fruit producers and industry professionals are invited to five WSU Tree Fruit Extension Programs

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2017 Cherry Institute will be held Jan. 20 — Pear, WSFC nominations at annual meetings

December 14th, 2016|0 Comments

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The 74th annual Cherry Institute is set for Jan. 20, 2017, at the Yakima Convention

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Cosmic Crisp to be grown overseas: Hort Show Preview

December 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Some Washington producers are caught off guard by international propagation plans for WA 38.