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Should Cosmic Crisp have a “utility” grade?

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Questions remain about color standards for new Washington State University variety.

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Cosmic tips to growing WA 38

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

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The first commercial trees were planted this spring of the new apple variety WA 38,

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Apple industry readies itself for the big thing called Cosmic Crisp

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Planting surge of highly hyped Cosmic Crisp is likely to test growers, packers, marketers — and consumers.

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Thinking of changing varieties? These growers have some advice.

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Switch decision: Why is this new apple the right variety for me?

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Daunting decisions when making the variety switch

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Weigh all the factors when deciding when and how to switch varieties.

  • Thomas Chao at the germplasm repository

What you learn from 50 million years of apple genetic history

June 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Apple germplasm repository in Geneva, New York, contains enormous collection of genetic diversity that likely holds fruit’s deep secrets.

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Ambrosia apple patent opens up

June 7th, 2017|0 Comments

20-year U.S. patent ends on popular club variety.

  • Clean Plant Center Northwest grapes

Northwest wine grape industry to streamline clean plant regulations

June 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Coming clean at the Clean Plant Center Northwest

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Rayapati: Risk of virus problems in field-grafted vineyards

June 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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The increasing demand for grapevines in the Pacific Northwest has many growers turning to field

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Gilbert: Farm Bill bears fruit for all

June 6th, 2017|3 Comments

A Good Fruit Grower Good Point by Sean Gilbert, Gilbert Orchards

  • Alfredo Reyes, young grower from Royal City

Alfredo Reyes, a young grower from Royal City, Washington

June 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Alfredo was born in Mexico and grew up in Wenatchee with four

  • Sunrise Fruit Dried Fruit and Nut Company

Fire leads to new way of cherry drying business

May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

High and dry innovation by California cherry family.

  • Julia Kock at Klipsun Vineyard

Ripe fruit make the best wine, but why it does may surprise you

May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Getting a handle on hang time

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Old World pest, New World wary

May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

European Cherry Fruit Fly found in Ontario is raising questions about potential consequences in U.S.

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Michigan research examines retractable roof on cherries

May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Open and closed research: Michigan State University cherry expert Gregory Lang is trying a retractable roof system over a cherry orchard at MSU’s Clarksville Research Center.

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Sweethearts offer better returns than Bings in Washington

May 30th, 2017|0 Comments

WSU economists find a sweeter investment in Sweethearts than Bings when comparing production costs.

  • Eric Olson, Olson Honey, Sugar, Bees, Research, WSU, Megan Asche,

Sugar sours birds on eating valuable cherry crops

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Sweet revenge for bird control

  • Cherry diseases search

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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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

  • WSU cherry breeding program

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.

  • Vineyard winter pruning

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.

  • 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.

  • International Fruit Tree Association 60th annual conference

Grower says bloom thinning by hand gets the results he wants

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Let hands take hold

  • OSU Soils Workshop

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.

  • Elizabeth Wittenbach

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

April 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Resistance is inevitable