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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|4 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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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|1 Comment

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.

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Sugar sours birds on eating valuable cherry crops

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Sweet revenge for bird control

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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

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Reconstructing WSU’s sweet breeding program

May 15th, 2017|1 Comment

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