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How to use pear growth regulators

February 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Growth regulators can prevent drop and enhance storability of pears if used correctly.

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Which apple rootstock should you grow with?

February 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Apple growers have a lot of options when it comes to selecting the best rootstock for their orchards.

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Avoiding rootstock mistakes

February 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Growers can find more success if they avoid some common mistakes when selecting rootstock.

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Some like the biggest trees

February 9th, 2016|0 Comments

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There’s more than one way to plant a modern, highly productive orchard. While some growers

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Video: Pear Bureau Northwest new website focuses on pear sales

February 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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Pear Bureau Northwest has launched a redesigned trade website focused on the business of pears

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Basic rules of Stemilt’s tall spindle

February 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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—Trees are planted at densities of 1,000 to 1,500 trees per acre (typically 3 or

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Grape canopy control

February 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Juice grape growers can manage size of vines with pruning, irrigation and maybe some thinning.

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Grape seed color has little effect

February 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Study upends thinking that wine’s taste depends heavily on color of the grape seed when harvested.

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Corr: We partner to serve growers

February 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Any organization with a need for getting horticultural information to growers should think of us.

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Digging into the roots of a vineyard

February 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Volume of fine and coarse roots varies during season.

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Canvasback puts down roots

February 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Brian Rudin practices a vineyard-focused approach to winemaking.

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California winery at home in Washington

February 4th, 2016|0 Comments

A blind tasting of wines brought Duckhorn Wine Company to Washington.

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International cherry challenges

February 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

China’s economic struggles may make for a difficult cherry export year.

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Hansen: Building a world-class wine research program

January 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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It’s a new era for viticulture and enology research in Washington.

Washington’s wine industry has started

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300 pages on pears

January 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Book of Pears is a fine resource for the pear aficionado. Author Dr. Joan

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Catherine Kiyokawa, a Young Grower from Parkdale, Oregon

January 29th, 2016|2 Comments

Catherine is a fourth-generation farmer. Her grandfather, Mamoru Kiyokawa, started growing tree fruit on the farm. Catherine works closely with her father, Randy, and older brother Cameron.

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Family Legacy

January 28th, 2016|0 Comments

New McDougall and Sons orchard honors the past and heralds the future.

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Race to the top: Honeycrisp growing pressures

January 28th, 2016|0 Comments

As Honeycrisp production increases, growers feel the pressure to produce fruit sooner rather than later.

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H-2A is expensive but essential

January 28th, 2016|0 Comments

McDougall and Sons takes pride in its housing camps.

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Are fall-blooming apples curiosity or concern?

January 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Growers can curb ill-timed blooms caused by weather patterns.

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Remarkable Marquette

January 27th, 2016|1 Comment

The Minnesota variety could be nice addition for cooler-climate vineyards.

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Saving cherries from the birds

January 27th, 2016|1 Comment

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Cherry growers sometimes feel like they’re growing fruit mainly for the birds, but there is

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Seeking retail space

January 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Retail space is at a premium, with growth in the number of products and organics.

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Keeping pears firm

January 25th, 2016|0 Comments

More research ahead for compound to improve pear firmness.

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Key to watering Concord grapes

January 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Low water years pose additional challenges for Pacific Northwest Concord growers, who are already dealing

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Strategies for saving water

January 22nd, 2016|2 Comments

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Growers of early-season peach varieties in California’s Central Valley may be able to conserve water

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Changing climate impacts Northwest

January 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Agriculture is a major player in the economy of the Columbia River Basin that spans

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Fruit growers brace for potential drought … again

January 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

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Floating pumps. Recycling sewage for irrigation. Tens of millions of dollars in federal grants for

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Learning to fight Listeria

January 21st, 2016|1 Comment

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Kathleen Glass started working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Food Research Institute 30 years ago,

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Food safety research focuses on packing

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Scientists hope to reduce food safety risks in Washington apple packing houses.

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Gathering data for food safety

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Research will help inform the FDA and producers as the Food Safety Modernization Act is implemented.

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Getting the most out of Apogee

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Growth regulator should be applied as early in the season as possible.

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Enhancing fruit quality

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Many growth regulators are available for apples.

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Table grape potential in Washington

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Table grapes grow well in eastern Washington and could be popular in niche markets.

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Elevating Idaho table grapes

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers will study new varieties and canopy management for table grapes in the Gem State.

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Innovation and inspiration: 2015 Silver Apple Award

January 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Del Feigal’s talents in the orchard are a valuable resource for other growers.

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Impact of imports

January 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Fresh apples, pears and sweet cherries hold their own for U.S. producers.

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Does it profit to grow for direct-market?

January 7th, 2016|1 Comment

Growers can sell for a higher price, but they also face higher overhead and labor costs.

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Wine growth stays strong

January 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Acreage, production and prices continue to increase in Washington.

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Big supply of juice grapes = low prices

January 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Juice grape prices are likely to remain flat this year, but 2017 could be brighter for growers.

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Strong start for 2015 apple crop

January 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Prices going up after Washington growers harvest third-largest crop ever.

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Morrison: Lessons in leadership

January 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation (AgForestry) is a leadership development program for adults

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Nick Plath, a young grower from George, Washington

December 30th, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / George, Washington
age / 26
crops / Apples, cherries, and wine grapes
business / Washington Fruit

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Benefits of the TPP

December 28th, 2015|2 Comments

Eliminating tariff rates on tree fruit is a trade policy objective of the Northwest Horticultural Council. TPP furthers this objective.

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New focus on grade standards

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Hort council aims for industry involvement to help monitor other nations’ quality metrics.

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Avoiding heat-related illness

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Study finds workers paid piece rate tend to work harder and take fewer breaks, increasing the risk of heat-related illness symptoms.

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WSU virologist retires

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Ken Eastwell will continue to work on little cherry disease after his retirement.

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Surviving as a small grower

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Sam Godwin has strategies for staying competitive.

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SugarBee causes a buzz

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

The variety was developed in Minnesota from open-pollinated Honeycrisp.

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Stinkbug taint in wine

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Researchers studying BMSB in wine have found mixed results.