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A better bitter pit predictor

October 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Measuring tree vigor and peel chemistry gives the best indication which fruit is at risk.

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Independent grower not afraid to try different techniques

October 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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On White Trail Road near Quincy, Washington, just past a development of small homes and

  • 2017 apple harvest

Average apple harvest likely in U.S.

October 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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U.S. apple growers won’t see a record crop this season, though tough weather conditions for

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The variabilities of Honeycrisp: Good To Know

October 9th, 2017|2 Comments

Research Commission surveys quality, availability of Honeycrisp at retail.

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Devon Wade, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon

October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / After serving several tours overseas in the U.S. Army, Devon joined his

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High hopes for Harvista

October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Canadian growers gain access to 1-MCP for apple orchards.

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Thinking ahead about thinning – 2017 IFTA

October 4th, 2017|0 Comments

Precision crop management skills help Michigan growers cut back on expensive hand thinning.

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Following the high-density leaders – 2017 IFTA

October 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Michigan’s early adopters of high-density systems share tips for multiple leaders and cropping techniques.

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The global fire blight fight

September 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Belgian researchers at pcfruit are examining biocontrols and detection methods for fire blight.

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Conference pear challenge

September 27th, 2017|0 Comments

After going all-in with Conference pears, have Belgian growers reached a tipping point?

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Disease-seeking drone research

September 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Belgian scientists research using drones, multispectral sensors to detect fire blight in pear orchards.

  • Scenes from crop estimation research at the Betts Farms concord vineyards in Westfield, New York

Tools for counting the crop

September 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Combining low-tech crop load samples with high-tech maps could make vineyards more efficient.

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Growers in pursuit of precision agriculture

September 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers and growers in New York aim to push high-density orchards to peak performance.

  • Pear psylla trials

Sustainable and less sticky solutions for pear psylla

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

New pear IPM project looks at potential for biocontrols and pest repellents.

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Apple maggot quarantine may include potted trees

September 13th, 2017|0 Comments

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State officials in Washington are considering adding certain potted plants to the list of commodities

  • Interpera 10th World Pear Conference

Packers improve, impress with pears

September 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Wenatchee pear packers show Interpera group new technology on their lines.

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Arctic armor: Methods of combating frost

September 6th, 2017|0 Comments

New frost prevention investments by Michigan growers paid off during 2017 bloom-time frost.

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Tarrah Te Velde, a young grower from Cashmere, Washington

September 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/Tarrah works with her mother Michelle Te Velde on their family pear orchard that

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The Endicott Tree: National treasure hedged in by time and development

August 31st, 2017|0 Comments

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Hidden from view, down an embankment in an unremarkable business park north of Boston stands

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The high-tech promise of hands-off

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Mechanization researchers have seen quality improvements along with possibilities of cost savings.

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X-ray vision to see ice formation inside buds

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

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Using an advanced type of X-ray imaging to examine ice formation inside wild grape buds,

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Same grapes, different names – Cynthiana and Norton

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

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A long-running debate over grapes in Missouri and Arkansas has been put to rest by

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Be aware of shortcomings with Malling 9 rootstock

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

High summer temperatures and shallow soils can adversely affect canopy development and yield.

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Researchers put virus theory to trial in G.935 decline

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Pathogen probe

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Allan Bros. paces innovation

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Longtime Washington fruit company leads the way with development of new technologies, including collaboration on vacuum picker.

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A better way to spray

August 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Application tech specialist from Ontario finds crop-adapted spraying reduces pesticide use by an average of 25 percent.

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Fourth Leaf flies independent flag

August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Washington’s renamed Holtzinger is one of a few packers in U.S. that doesn’t also grow its own fruit.

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A layman’s guide to reading research articles

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

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Two Washington State University extension specialists have released a free guide to help readers wade

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Entomologists join WSU for pear IPM project

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

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Two new entomologists have joined the Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center

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Sunburn and sunscald: Beware the warning signs – Video

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Sunburn and sunscald research underway in sunny Chile could lead to tools that would benefit growers in all arid regions.

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Orchard mechanization gains momentum

August 8th, 2017|5 Comments

Growers increasingly find ways to adopt new technologies across all four seasons.

  • Mark Powers, president of the Northwest Horticultural Council

The ag advocates

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Hort Council presses on amid leadership change.

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Overcoming the pear plateau: Interpera 2017 – Video

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Growers gather to share ideas to increase production, which has been flat for the past 10 years around most of the world.

  • Tim Akita

Tim Akita, a young grower from Dallesport, Washington

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Tim is a fourth-generation farmer who works both as a chiropractor in The Dalles, Oregon, and runs the family farm that his great-grandfather, Nobuhei Akita, started in 1931.

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The quest for new varieties, cold-hardy rootstock

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

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Researchers from around the world presented their latest findings regarding cold-hardy rootstocks and new varieties

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New blueberry varieties may stretch season, refresh slowing market

July 25th, 2017|0 Comments

The blues are changing their tune

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Study pushes limits of deficit irrigation

July 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Drastic reductions in irrigation delivered decent results in first year of study, but vines showed accumulated stress in year two.

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Thwarting a cherry killer

July 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Early research suggests acclimating trees and sending them into early dormancy may help prevent bacterial canker infections.

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Lessons learned from Michigan’s plum pox plight

July 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Michigan research station recovers 10 years after infection requires removal of entire orchards.

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Southeastern peach growers eye solutions after freeze

July 10th, 2017|0 Comments

After warm winter, southeastern peach growers lost most of their crop to a spring freeze — now finding ways to adapt has become critical.

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Colorado’s canker crisis costing millions

July 7th, 2017|2 Comments

Growers and researchers are working together to figure out how to protect peach trees.

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Corr: Our mission in Spanish

July 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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As every magazine reader knows, this has been an awful decade for the business of

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Hansen: Filling void in weed research at WSU

July 6th, 2017|1 Comment

New WSU faculty member puts emphasis on weed management in Washington vineyards.

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Craig Harris, a young grower from Moxee, Washington

July 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Craig is a fourth-generation farmer who graduated from Whitworth College. He grew

  • Winter cherry pruning systems

To KGB or not to KGB?

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Some cherry growers expand, some scale back on labor-friendly Kym Green Bush systems.

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New Canadian pear varieties are fire blight tolerant

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

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A decade after a processing plant closed and persistent fire blight problems pushed many Ontario

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Honeycrisp sports race toward red

June 27th, 2017|0 Comments

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New varieties aren’t the only things on growers’ minds. They are also thinking about upgrading

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Lots of new apples coming to market

June 26th, 2017|0 Comments

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Appealing taste profiles, earlier harvesting and southern expansions are some of the characteristics of the

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EverCrisp off to a good start

June 23rd, 2017|1 Comment

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EverCrisp, Midwest Apple Improvement Association’s first commercial release, was a hit with customers in Cleveland