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Fire blight’s reappearing act
New York’s fire blight problems get more complicated.
Honeycrisp storage passport stamped
Cornell researchers refine bitter pit prediction method.
Pears, persevering in Southern Oregon
Drought and hail create a one-two punch to cut into Southern Oregon’s pear crop, but the region’s leading growers say they aren’t going anywhere.
Tech helps count every drop in a drought
Precision irrigation tools and data help Harry & David navigate a drought.
Thirst management for wine grapes
Oregon State research shows an early-season drink for grapevines boosts yields more than waiting to water.
Why DIY with nursery trees?
Eastern growers see cheaper trees and more management with on-farm nurseries.
IFTA Day 1: Shifting labor trends
The International Fruit Tree Association is holding its 66th annual conference and tours in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Feb. 12–15.
More vineyards opt to send in the machines
UC Davis extension specialist shares how California grape growers have made mechanization work.
Longtime Horse Heaven Hills supervisor named Grower of the Year at WineVit
Hipolito Vargas, with 40 years as a supervisor of Champoux Vineyards, was named the Erick Hanson Memorial 2023 Grower of the Year on Feb. 9 at the annual WineVit conference in Kennewick, Washington.
Measuring the reservoir below
Research project looks at soil moisture dynamics in Oregon’s dry-farmed Willamette Valley.
WineVit Day 2: The future is sustainable
The second day of the Washington wine industry’s annual convention hosted panels of industry leaders talking about the future, from replanting on rootstocks to marketing momentum around sustainability.
The chill factor in waking up cherry trees
Research at UC Davis aims to improve dormancy breaking and the chill-portion model, which is less accurate due to climate change.
Sam Godwin takes on chair role at Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, Jim Doornink steps down after decades
After decades in a leadership role at the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, board member Jim Doornink is stepping down as chair. He will be replaced by Sam Godwin, a grower from Tonasket, Washington.
Uncovering the Ellepot advantage
Trees propagated in biodegradable paper pots can grow faster than their bareroot brethren.
Safety tips for growers
Panel shares ideas for creating a safe farm workplace.
Washington bill for seasonal overtime exemption to have hearing Feb. 9
Washington agricultural employer groups urge their members to tune into a hearing Thursday, Feb. 9, about a seasonal exemption to the state’s new overtime laws.
Get a head start on crop load management
EXPO session discusses precision crop load management.
Water rule in review
Produce safety expert updates growers on proposed water quality regulations and risk assessments.
Good to Know: Innovative research projects bearing fruit
USDA-ARS scientists combine traditional methods with biotechnology to advance tree fruit breeding processes.
Homeland Security proposes H-2A fee increases
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has proposed increasing foreign worker application fees, in some cases more than doubling them.
IFTA in Italy: Your tractor… she is bellissima!
Style matters in Italian farm equipment and trade shows.
Pointers for picking a platform
Pennsylvania grower shares his platform picking process.
Branded variety news: Mardi Gras pear makes debut; SugarBee apple program expands
A new pear variety is hitting store shelves in February, marketed under the brand name Mardi Gras by Domex Superfresh Growers of Yakima, Washington.
Hansen: A clear objective for smoke research
Washington State Wine Commission is taking a multipronged approach.
Scharlau: A proactive pathway for problem-solving
Grape industries need collaborative approaches to the challenges they face.
Study tests orchard trellis alternatives
Research looks at options to replace wooden posts.
West Michigan Research Station up and running
New Michigan research station seeks to solve regional fruit problems.
Ag census deadline near
Feb. 6 is the deadline to respond to the U.S. Census of Agriculture, and participation is mandatory.
More grape growers going grafting
Growers share the pros and cons of grafting during Washington State Grape Society annual meeting.
Changing safety standards with the changing climate
Federal, state agencies draft permanent smoke and heat exposure rules.