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WSU holds workshop May 24 on how to analyze data from drones

April 18th, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington State University hosts on May 24 in Prosser, Washington, a workshop on how to

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Pest spotters

April 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Scout teams help growers target, dial in their IPM.

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Van den Ende and Tisdall: Keep phytophthora out of your orchard

April 18th, 2018|0 Comments

This ‘plant destroyer’ fungus thrives in wet soils.

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Net benefits

April 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Orchard netting can help prevent fruit sunburn in addition to protecting against hail damage.

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Growing into the future – Video

April 17th, 2018|0 Comments

New Zealand researchers and growers testing limits with 2D, 3D systems.

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Rockit gains altitude

April 11th, 2018|0 Comments

New Zealand growers have soaring hopes for little apple.

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High-res Honeycrisp

April 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Cell structure scans offer new insight into why Honeycrisp is so prone to bitter pit.

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On shallowed ground

April 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Experts urge growers to water with less volume, but more often, to keep up with shallower rootstocks.

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‘Kia ora’ from a distant land

April 5th, 2018|0 Comments

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To those who’ve never been there, New Zealand brings to mind acclaimed movies — the

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Corr: Our report from Kiwi country

April 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Check out our robust package of reports from the IFTA study tour.

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New Zealand’s Honeycrisp blossoms in Timaru – Video

March 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Finicky variety finds success in central New Zealand climate.

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Trees without fruit, pollination without bees

March 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Pollen company joins Washington State University researcher to try planting a pollen-only orchard.

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Researchers finish final pollen tube model

March 29th, 2018|0 Comments

After 11 years, pollen tube projects are complete with release of Red Delicious model.

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Protect pollinators while managing diseases

March 27th, 2018|0 Comments

The fungicides needed to control bloom time disease aren’t as harmless to bees as previously thought.

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Head start on better berries

March 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers already implementing results of long-term organic blueberry study.

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Conor Kilian, a young grower from Sunnyside, Washington

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Conor grew up in a large Yakima Valley farming family growing juice

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WSU No. 1 in USDA research, development expenditures

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington State University’s leadership in agricultural research and development was highlighted in a recent report

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The Cosmic gospel : Video

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington State University continues education on training WA 38 trees.

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A better bee? Blue orchard bees show promise as pollinators

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Study shows potential for employing blue orchard bees as pollinators in tart cherries. What about other crops?

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Bees may do better being kept in the dark

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

CA storage could give bees an edge in the fight against the devastating Varroa mite.

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Click thinking: High-density success depends on pruning style

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Lessons learned in Italy about benefits of click pruning could help U.S. growers.

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Learn how research benefits wine industry at two events

March 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington State University and the Washington Wine Commission are co-sponsoring events to provide information on

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USDA awards $63.5m to support clean plant stock

March 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $63.5 million for efforts to prevent the introduction

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Grape expectations: WSU publishes 45-page guide on vineyard nutrition

March 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Updated "Vineyard Nutrient Management in Washington State" replaces 4-page document.

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Compost decomposed

March 19th, 2018|0 Comments

As raw manure faces food safety scrutiny, compost has become a hot commodity.

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Legal battle over Cosmic Crisp unlikely to affect availability of new trees

March 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Sources describe how dispute began

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Variety Watch: Koru rolls down red carpet

March 14th, 2018|2 Comments

First commercial U.S. shipments of chance New Zealand apple variety reach store shelves.

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New mindset for managing spotted wing depredation

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

High levels of pest pressure are the new reality for Michigan tart cherry growers.

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Put a ghost in your orchard to keep away BMSB

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Special nets proving to be deadly for brown marmorated stink bugs.

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Lures lead to better moth management

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Enhanced lures let you know where you stand with with oriental fruit moth.

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A gutsy study of pear psylla

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers examine genetic contents of insects’ stomachs to find out what they eat and where they hide during winter.

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WSU talks tough, Phytelligence talks softer in suits over Cosmic Crisp

March 13th, 2018|0 Comments

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This post from March 13 has been updated with new statements from Washington State University

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Gallo and others doing pilot program for unmanned vehicle

March 12th, 2018|0 Comments

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A maker of unmanned vehicle systems said it is doing a pilot programs with large-scale

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The latest buzz on bugs

March 5th, 2018|2 Comments

USDA-ARS laboratory conducts research on insect pests of tree fruits.

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Food safety answers

March 5th, 2018|0 Comments

The latest updates on the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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In New Zealand, IFTA honors contributors to apple industry

March 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

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The first group of fruit growers visiting New Zealand for the International Fruit Tree Association

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Study shows temps at which cherry buds are damaged

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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Oregon State University researcher David Gibeaut has posted online the results of his differential thermal

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Khot: Drone data for agriculture

February 27th, 2018|0 Comments

While it seems the sky’s the limit, using unmanned aircraft in your orchard requires some caution.

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Mullinax: Are you ready for liftoff?

February 27th, 2018|0 Comments

A few things to consider before launching an ag drone initiative.

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On a mission to vanquish viruses in vineyards

February 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Researcher aims to better understand prevalence of viral infections — and to develop quick tests for detecting them.

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Resistance rising for powdery mildew

February 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Last year’s weather made was especially challenging in battling disease in Western U.S.

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IFTA explores Nelson, New Zealand

February 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated to correct “flaring” to flowering,” a goof resulting

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Taking the fight to fire blight

February 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Risk is higher in Washington this season for deadly orchard disease. Here’s what you need to do.

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Researchers are rethinking replant

February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Field trials underway to see if biological alternatives to fumigation can be a practical option for apple growers

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Be on the lookout for little cherry

February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Scouting for symptoms in orchards is key to preventing, controlling little cherry disease.

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WSU hires McCord and Northfield for two tree fruit positions

February 15th, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington State University has hired two new researchers — a cherry breeder and an entomologist

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Follow our editors while they report on the IFTA New Zealand visit

February 15th, 2018|0 Comments

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Editor Shannon Dininny and Photojournalist TJ Mullinax are in New Zealand, covering the study tour

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20 years in the making

February 12th, 2018|1 Comment

Milbrandt brothers look back on two decades in Washington’s wine grape industry as they open the state’s largest custom wine bottling operation.

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No-dig trellis is on solid ground

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Agricultural engineer uses steel posts and concrete footings for above-ground trellis system.

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Should you grow vertical or V?

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

That’s the question when preparing for robotic pickers in your orchard.