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Annual apple residue report now available

November 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission residue study aims to help growers with their spray programs

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WA Grape Society annual meeting highlights

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Topics include smoke taint and some good news for Concord grape growers

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Conquering Concords

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Study aims to help growers make juice grapes profitable.

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Switching to organic in the vineyard

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Welch’s grower shares costs and benefits involved with transitioning.

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IFTA B.C. tour: Crafty choices

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

How British Columbia’s apple industry looks to add value through cider.

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Great Lakes Farm EXPO: Wide range of fruit sessions

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Huge gathering of growers set for December in Michigan.

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Fire blight control featured at 2018 WSTFA Annual Meeting

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers to gather for December’s annual conference in Yakima, Washington.

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Gilbert: What you can – and can’t – control

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Deciding on a theme and topics for the WSTFA Annual Meeting.

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Oregon’s Pinot profusion

October 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Researcher works to determine if growers can increase yields without diminishing quality.

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Rise of the machines: Are you ready to mechanize? – Video

October 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Near-fully mechanized vineyards are leading the way to premium wine grapes.

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Devyani Isabel Gupta, a young grower in Walla Walla, Washington

October 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Devyani, a past recipient of the Walter J. Clore Scholarship, obtained a

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Good to Know: Biocontrol for bunch rot

October 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Native yeasts have potential to inhibit fungal disease in Washington vineyards.

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Lessons in doing the impossible

October 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Sunnyside vineyard’s conversion to drip irrigation and mechanical pruning lead to lessons at Viticulture Day.

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Himalayan aspirations

October 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers, government and World Bank investment drive modernization in India’s apple orchards.

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After Ambrosia: ‘Where do we go from here?’

October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

B.C. apple growers looking for next variety after years of Ambrosia reliance.

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Variety Watch: An apple so nice, they named it twice

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers, inventors are hoping markets Rave about First Kiss.

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EverCrisp: A club for everyone

October 10th, 2018|1 Comment

EverCrisp apple’s open managed approach is getting enthusiastic marks from Midwest and Mid-Atlantic growers.

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Congress holds fate of new trade deal to replace NAFTA

October 4th, 2018|0 Comments

While agreement calls for no tariffs on apples, pears and cherries between North American nations, Mexico’s separate 20 percent retaliatory tariff on U.S. apples could remain in place.

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Multileader makeover from old Red Delicious orchards

October 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Grafting old blocks trained to multileader systems brings high density without high replanting costs.

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WSU, Australian university team up for new robotics collaboration

October 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Scientists from Washington State University and an Australian technological university have partnered to form a joint center to speed the advancement of automation in agriculture.

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Making sure Cosmic comes out Crisp – Video

September 27th, 2018|1 Comment

Growers learn from other growers on tour of some of the first commercial WA 38 plantings.

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Good to Know: Funding for apple research

September 27th, 2018|1 Comment

Nearly $2.5 million awarded for horticulture, crop protection and postharvest research in 2018.

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Hunting down a mysterious rot

September 26th, 2018|0 Comments

New apple disease may taint even pasteurized products, but where does it come from?

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A fruiting wall future

September 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers push forward in search for dwarfing rootstocks, high-density systems for pears.

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Position matters when picking pears

September 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Studies show pear’s place in the tree canopy plays a big role in maturity, postharvest storage.

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Good to Know: Funding pear projects

September 18th, 2018|0 Comments

A look at what’s ahead in Northwest pear research.

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A tale of two test plotters

September 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Oregon and Ohio growers share why they participate in test plots.

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Cool cherry covers

September 12th, 2018|1 Comment

British Columbia growers using Mylar covers to help protect freshly picked cherries.

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IFTA B.C. tour: Some promising previews

September 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Summerland shows off a few of its up and coming cherry varieties at IFTA.

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Good Point: The time is ripe for pears

September 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Getting great tasting fruit into customers’ hands will bring them back for more.

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IFTA B.C. tour: Light vision

September 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Researcher gauging use of spectrometer to aid in harvest decisions.

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IFTA B.C. tour: Lessons from Lake Country

September 4th, 2018|0 Comments

IFTA tour hosts share tips on growing cherries.

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Entomologist joins WSU’s Extension Center in Wenatchee

August 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Tobin Northfield will work to develop sustainable strategies to contain pests that threaten apple, pear, cherry and other fruit crops.

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IFTA B.C. tour: Land of late and lucrative cherries – Video

August 30th, 2018|0 Comments

British Columbia growers double down to hit the late-season market.

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Madeleine van Roechoudt, a young grower from Lake Country, British Columbia

August 29th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/ Madeleine continues a multigenerational farm that began north of Kelowna in 1949. The

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Gala on pace to topple Red Delicious’ reign

August 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Day 1 at the 2018 US Apple Outlook: U.S. growers expect Red Delicious to yield its place as the leading variety by volume for the first time in more than 50 years.

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MSU seeks growers to help study powdery mildew resistance

August 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Grape growers in Michigan are wanted to help with a survey throughout the state to help identify fungicide resistant powdery mildew populations.

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Vineyard sprayers: Applying knowledge

August 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Washington State University sprayer evaluation helps growers optimize vineyard sprayer performance.

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A high-tech ball for berries

August 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Berry Impact Recording Device rides along for harvest, packing.

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Wine tech award winners

August 21st, 2018|0 Comments

New products help take the guesswork out of the vineyard.

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New leader for Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission

August 20th, 2018|1 Comment

The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has named Ines Hanrahan as its executive director, replacing retiring manager Mike Willett.

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Tarts with a touch of romance

August 16th, 2018|1 Comment

University of Saskatchewan breeding program yields some surprising dwarf cherries.

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Going undercover with drape netting

August 15th, 2018|0 Comments

U.S. universities embark on studies to examine drape netting over high-value apple orchards.

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Shaking it up in the orchard: Video

August 14th, 2018|0 Comments

WSU continues work on tiered shake-and-catch harvester.

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Battling birds with lights, sounds : Videos

August 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Makers of new noise and laser deterrents promise birds won’t habituate to the technology.

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Be gone, starlings

August 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Bird control in British Columbia benefits from area-wide approach.

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WTFRC releases results from 2018 cherry pesticide residue study

August 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission conducted its annual study of residues of commonly used pesticides on cherries at harvest.

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MCP treatments can be tricky

July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

New study confirms numerous factors that go into successfully using MCP on pears.

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Mid-Atlantic blueberry growers wanted for survey

July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

The survey takes about 2 to 3 minutes and is available for blueberry growers until Sept. 1.

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The new buzz for blossoms

July 30th, 2018|1 Comment

Drones won’t replace bees for pollination, but they may help.