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Cosmic contribution to Clean Plant Center

January 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Using WA 38 graft wood fees, nursery institute donates funds for new growth chamber to Clean Plant Center Northwest.

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Peracetic acid shines in sanitizer study

January 15th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU researcher tinkers with sanitizers and best ways to use them.

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Ozone filling a void for fruit packers

January 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Organic storage and food safety needs drive renewed interest in ozone technology.

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Dininny: A+ effort on next apple defect guide

January 14th, 2019|0 Comments

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For years, Washington growers and packers have turned to a handy, 36-page guide to determine

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Warming up to Arctic apples

January 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Canadian developers of first GMO apple plan for expansion.

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Clean Plant Center exports mostly on hold

January 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Exports of clean tree fruit budwood on hold while center cleans up paperwork processes.

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Click pruning techniques for Cosmic Crisp

January 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers travel to orchards across Washington to share tips for pruning WA 38.

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Apple marketers like social media

January 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Facebook, YouTube and pop-up stores giving marketers new tools to introduce consumers to club apples.

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New tool helps growers budget for climate change

January 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

New web tool lets growers see projected climate impacts on their own farms to support long-term decision making.

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Washington growers and wine makers asked to help guide research program

December 27th, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington state grape growers and wine makers are invited to provide input for direction of

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Virus cloning may lead to leafroll control

December 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Cloning a destructive grapevine virus will help researchers understand it and, potentially, learn how to stop it.

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Carolina Torres named WSU’s first endowed chair in tree fruit postharvest systems

December 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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Carolina Torres has been named Washington State University’s first endowed chair in tree fruit postharvest

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Michigan Spring Peach Update set for March 5

December 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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The annual Michigan Spring Peach Update is slated for March 5 at the Southwest Michigan

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WSU earns federal funds for grape and vineyard research

December 26th, 2018|1 Comment

Research projects supported by Washington’s wine industry help leverage $5.4 million in grants for WSU.

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New Everest Seedless grape is big and bold

December 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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Cornell University grape breeders have introduced a new table grape variety: the Everest Seedless. Like

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California winery goes green in a big way

December 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Silver Oak’s Alexander Valley Winery is the first production winery to earn LEED Platinum certification, and they have LBC certification in sight.

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President signs Farm Bill

December 20th, 2018|0 Comments

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President Donald Trump on Thursday signed the $867 billion Farm Bill that Congress passed last

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Picking a harvest platform: Roundup of manufacturers’ top picks

December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers have many choices as manufacturers invest heavily in harvest platforms.

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Prototype picker: Apple Vacuum System tested (VIDEO)

December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Apple Vacuum System mounted on a Bandit Xpress platform may look strange, but orchard managers seem pleased with performance.

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Cosmic Crisp launch

December 11th, 2018|0 Comments

$10.7 million marketing campaign aims to put WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) on the map.

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Researchers share tips for Cosmic success

December 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers share a few nuggets from September WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) field days.

  • Flor Maldonado, a young grower from Tonasket, Washington

Flor Maldonado, a young grower from Tonasket, Washington

December 7th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Flor grew up on farms, since she was a small child, helping

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WSTFA18: Cosmic Crisp concludes the show

December 6th, 2018|0 Comments

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WA 38, the new Washington State University apple variety to be sold under the brand

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Cosmic conundrum: What’s causing these spots?

December 5th, 2018|0 Comments

WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) green spot disorder targeted by researchers.

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WSTFA18: Disease, pest and vigor management panels

December 5th, 2018|0 Comments

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Two presentations by Betsy Beers, a Washington State University entomologist, highlighted Wednesday morning’s disease and

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WSTFA18: Postharvest problems

December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington State University Extension, in cooperation with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission and Good

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WSTFA18: Fire blight in the spotlight : Video

December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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When the Washington State Tree Fruit Association’s annual meeting resumed on Tuesday morning, the session

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WSTFA annual meeting, Day 1

December 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

A wrap of the first day's discussions at the WSTFA Annual Meeting and Hort Show in Yakima

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Growing by the numbers: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

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Dan Plath farms by the data.

He frequently responds to this reporter’s questions about horticultural decisions

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Growing generations: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Block by block, the Plath family has grown a company — and a reputation for quality — by focusing on every aspect of fruit production from tree to market.

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Fryhover: To boldly go

November 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington Apple Commission President Todd Fryhover says the path to marketing success starts with the apple.

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The frost fight – EXPO preview

November 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Researcher weighs in on heat, wind or water to fight frost.

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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 juice grapes.

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IFTA B.C. tour: Crafty choices

November 15th, 2018|2 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.

  • Devyani Gupta, a young grower from Walla Walla

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|1 Comment

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.