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Beakers and breakthroughs in SWD research

May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

California research into spotted wing drosophila sounds like science fiction.

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Changes at Oregon State extension center

May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

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Dr. Peter Shearer has resigned as entomologist at Oregon State University’s Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and

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SWD – How to stop a proliferate pest?

May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Growers and researchers are struggling in efforts to control the spread of spotted wing drosophila.

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Researchers crack the case on why cherries crack

May 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Too much water is a known cause of cherry cracking, but malic acid is a newly identified culprit.

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Controlling cherry cracking

May 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Reducing moisture uptake can help prevent cracking in storage.

  • Neil Garrison, a young grower from Sunnyside, Washington

Neil Garrison, a young grower from Sunnyside, Washington

May 19th, 2016|1 Comment

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family background / Neil studied business and worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Breeding the new cherry

May 18th, 2016|0 Comments

WSU makes changes to sweet cherry program.

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Stoking the North American cherry market

May 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Cherry marketing: “awareness, awareness, awareness.”

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Optical lines are growing

May 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Upgrades using near-infrared technology to sort fruit are necessary to keep pace with the industry.

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Cherry optimism

May 13th, 2016|0 Comments

California cherry growing conditions are tough, but growers are tougher.

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Making the most of cidermania

May 12th, 2016|1 Comment

Marketers changing strategies to meet growing consumer demand.

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The cost of vineyard labor

May 12th, 2016|1 Comment

Project in early stages to help wine grape growers find ways to mechanize.

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Time to say goodbye for Mimi Nye

May 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Canoe Ridge Estate manager Mimi Nye retires after 35 years with Chateau Ste. Michelle.

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Bringing workers north to Canada

May 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Canadian farm labor program reaches 50-year milestone.

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Replacing labor with technology

May 10th, 2016|1 Comment

It can be a challenge for small growers with limited budgets.

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Ag tech

May 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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A new educational program in Yakima, Washington, aims to meet the growing need for agricultural

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Michigan grows labor program

May 6th, 2016|0 Comments

GLALS is modeled on WAFLA to bring more seasonal workers to the Great Lakes region.

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H-2A housing changes

May 5th, 2016|0 Comments

New regulations are causing delays for incoming workers.

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Homes away from home

May 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Growers bringing in H-2A and other workers are turning to new facilities for housing needs.

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Avoiding H-2A headaches

May 4th, 2016|1 Comment

Guest worker program offers benefits, but growers need to be vigilant about documentation.

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Western SARE seeks award nominations

May 4th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is seeking nominations for its 2016

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A lot of cans in 100 years

May 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Del Monte celebrates a century in Yakima, Washington.

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On-site health care

May 1st, 2016|1 Comment

Companies find keeping workers healthy can help control costs.

  • Spray application training

Better ways to spray

May 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Five tips from sprayer training workshop can help limit your pesticide drift.

  • Paul Bavaro

Paul Bavaro, a young grower from Escalon, California

April 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Paul is a fourth-generation peach grower who’s been working with his father, Frank, on mechanization trials to help reduce labor costs and improve fruit quality.

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A spray-plus education (Video)

April 29th, 2016|1 Comment

Farm worker teaching team leads the nation in preparing workers for safe use of pesticides.

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Wine grape growers weigh in on Cabernet Sauvignon clones

April 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Clonal choices

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Monitoring the dump tank

April 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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The increasing emphasis on food safety means changes are ahead for tree fruit packing houses.

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The microbes beneath

April 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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Space may be the final frontier, but soil biology is the next frontier. Researchers are

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Not your grandpa’s weather vane

April 27th, 2016|0 Comments

New fruit models, seamless data boost Michigan’s Enviro-weather system.

  • The honeycrisp experience, part three

Honeycrisp from Chile coming to U.S.

April 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Honeybear Brands of Minnesota bringing in its largest crop from South America plantings.

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Wooly surge

April 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers, looking for answers to hold back woolly apple aphids, find some promise in sandy soils.

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Making the most of mulch

April 27th, 2016|1 Comment

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Organic herbicides don’t match mulch for pear growers.

That’s the conclusion of University of California Cooperative

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Herbicide resistance a growing concern

April 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Researcher offers tips for helping to control weeds in vineyards.

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Pre-emergents can help control yellow nutsedge

April 25th, 2016|0 Comments

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Yellow nutsedge can be a particular difficult weed to control in Northeast vineyards because of

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Soil-mapping tools available to growers

April 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

High-tech mapping

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Soil tests tell growers what they need to know

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Soil gets a closer look

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Is my soil healthy?

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

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Putting definitive numbers on measures of soil health is a tricky business, because what’s good

  • Eladio Gonzalez

Eladio Gonzalez, a young grower from Selah, Washington

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Eladio, a second-generation farmer from the upper Yakima Valley, worked alongside his father, Miguel Gonzalez, in orchards and now manages several test orchards in Naches, Washington.

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Ryan Bond, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Ryan is a second-generation grower managing about 800 acres, primarily consisting of cherry and pear trees in The Dalles and south through Dufur into the Tygh Valley.

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Planting frenzy

April 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Properly preparing the soil can help new plantings thrive.

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Watering by the numbers

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Extension specialists take the mystery out of irrigating.

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Changing ideas about water

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Irrigation becomes crucial tool even in well-watered East.

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Better ways to irrigate

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

WSU researcher offers tips for reducing water use.

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How different nutrients affect fruit quality

April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

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As with all plants, nitrogen plays a major role in fruit and tree growth. Fruit

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Know your soil before picking your rootstock

April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers encourage growers to match a rootstock’s ability to absorb nutrients to those nutrients found in the soil.

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Watering whites

April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Research shows growers can conserve water while still maintaining quality grapes.

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Root care

April 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Remember to consider what lies beneath when maintaining a healthy orchard.

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Going deep when watering grapes

April 12th, 2016|0 Comments

WSU study shows that applying drip irrigation deep beneath the soil surface holds promise.

  • Julia Kock at Klipsun Vineyard

Concords on deficit

April 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Subsurface irrigation shows potential for Concords, too.