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The margins of mechanization

May 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Oregon State University economist assesses the costs and benefits of mechanizing vineyard tasks.

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Don’t fight the physiology

May 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Cherry Fruit School session focuses on how cherry systems can more efficiently harness the trees’ natural growing habits for peak performance.

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Making orchards less hospitable for SWD

May 21st, 2019|0 Comments

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With a prune here and a mow there, Michigan tart cherry growers may be able

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Canadian nursery launches tissue culture lab

May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

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This week, Upper Canada Growers announced the opening of a new tissue culture laboratory in

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Big response for little cherry disease

May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Pacific Northwest industry aims to tackle little cherry disease.

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Canines trained to sniff out diseases

May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Dog detection teams have shown success in citrus and other fruit, now researchers will study if they can help find little cherry disease.

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Mission ahead for Washington researchers

May 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission celebrating 50 years driving industry innovation.

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Thurlby: Another season of hope is upon us

May 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Northwest Cherries President B.J. Thurlby looks ahead at another season of hope, with a solid plan in place.

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Good to Know: 2019 Pacific Northwest cherry research funding

May 13th, 2019|0 Comments

More than $930,000 provided for 20 different research projects.

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Reducing the risk of listeria: Video

May 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Food safety experts share strategies for monitoring and responding to ‘L. mono.’

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USDA proposes Fuji grading changes

May 9th, 2019|0 Comments

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed a change to apple grading standards.

Earlier this week,

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Recruiting researchers requires patience

May 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Even with an endowment, finding the right experts is a long process.

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Northwest farms sought for heat awareness project

May 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

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University of Washington and Washington State University researchers are looking for Northwest farms to help

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A gift of genetic diversity

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

University of Idaho turns donated Sandpoint orchard, retreat facility into organic educational center.

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On the road to tech

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Research commission says new technology roadmap will spur innovation and guide investment.

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Rogue economics in the vineyard: Video

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Is it a financially viable option to rogue infected vines?

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DIY science in the orchard

April 30th, 2019|0 Comments

Extension educator shares tips for managing on-farm experiments.

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Arctic Fuji apple receives FDA approval

April 29th, 2019|0 Comments

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Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., based in Summerland, British Columbia, announced its newest genetically modified, nonbrowning

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Packaging options for Cosmic Crisp

April 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Universal packaging design will ensure consistent branding across the industry.

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Michael Mitterer, a young grower from Kastelbell, South Tyrol, Italy

April 28th, 2019|0 Comments

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family background / Michael grew up working at his family farm in the Alps in

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National Organic Standards Board discusses sanitizer reviews

April 26th, 2019|0 Comments

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Of all the synthetic products allowed in organic food production, sanitizers required for food safety

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Follow a map to find your soil needs

April 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Mapping soils to fertilize with variable rates has advantages.

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Grading on a Cosmic scale

April 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Industry committee sets grade standards for new WSU-bred apple variety slated for commercial release this year.

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Picking among the best new cherry roots

April 25th, 2019|0 Comments

New rootstock options could meet the needs of Northwest cherry growers.

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Cornell roots for Geneva rootstocks

April 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

During IFTA annual meeting, researchers urge local growers to give N.Y.-bred Geneva roots a try before settling for Bud.9.

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Deciphering designer rootstocks

April 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

More options mean more complex planting decisions.

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Mulch-in cherries

April 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers study benefits of applying mulch to mature Oregon cherry orchard.

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Crafting rosé with intention

April 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Pink wine creates new market, new approach to fruit quality.

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Calling out the codes in the trees

April 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Genetic research explores the underpinning of tree architecture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Appalachian Fruit Research Station.

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A window to the roots

April 17th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU scientist using rhizotrons, or root windows, to study the growth of trees underground.

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Not your usual graft

April 16th, 2019|0 Comments

New York grower experiments with beaver grafts, shares technique during IFTA tour.

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Van den Ende: What are the problems with branches?

April 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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While there are many issues facing orchardists today, producing fruit of high quality at a

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A better start for nursery trees

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Research indicates container-grown nursery trees could be a better option.

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Irrigating grapes: water less, water early

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU viticulturist shares irrigation tips for juice and wine grapes.

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A Cosmic collective of ideas and insights

April 10th, 2019|0 Comments

In preparing for first commercial harvest, growers share tips they’ve learned growing WA 38 trees.

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Growers try fighting vigor with water

April 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Control over irrigation offers Washington growers more ways to manage vigor.

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How to get water right in the orchard

April 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Researcher provides tools and tips for better irrigation management.

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Sara Spayd receives highest honor from the American Society for Enology and Viticulture

April 4th, 2019|0 Comments

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Sara Spayd, professor emerita of North Carolina State University, Raleigh, has been selected to receive

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Project examines rootstock’s role in bitter pit

April 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Using rootstocks to manage bitter pit in Honeycrisp is one piece of a major research project known as Root2Fruit.

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Growers, researchers earn IFTA awards

April 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Annual awards from the International Fruit Tree Association recognize industry leaders.

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Washington researchers get a look at European innovations

April 2nd, 2019|1 Comment

Research commission tour finds some exciting ideas but no major advances on technology tour in Germany and the Netherlands.

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Using sensors to test vineyard stress

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Measuring vine stress with stem pressure tests is time-consuming, but a new approach using soil tension could provide wine grape growers a wealth of valuable data.

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Dustin Tobin, a young grower from Grandview, Washington

April 1st, 2019|0 Comments

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family background/Dustin grew up working with his family at Dave Tobin Farms and studied viticulture

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Zhou & Melgar: Where do nutrients go when you fertilize trees?

April 1st, 2019|1 Comment

Researchers explore how ripening season affects peach tree nutrient requirements.

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Sallato: Calcium deficiencies in fruit

April 1st, 2019|0 Comments

WSU extension specialist explains how plant nutrition affects your orchard, production and fruit quality.

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Getting ready for robots

March 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Evolution of the technology and the orchard required for robotic harvest.

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Robotic picking machine’s first apple harvest underway: Video

March 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Abundant Robotics debuts robotic harvester in New Zealand apple orchard for first harvest headed to market.

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Protecting fruit from cold with spray-on jackets

March 27th, 2019|2 Comments

WSU researchers trying to insulate fruit trees with cellulose nanocrystals.

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Canopy camera in your pocket: Video

March 26th, 2019|0 Comments

Smartphone photos, coupled with a computer program that analyzes orchard canopies, could help growers count their crops before harvest.

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Management of grapevine trunk diseases varies by region

March 26th, 2019|0 Comments

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Wood rot pathogens pose a serious threat to vineyards worldwide, but grapevine trunk diseases are