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Growers raise the alarm on postharvest pest control for little cherry disease vectors

July 16th, 2019|0 Comments

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As the cherry harvest wraps up, growers in Central Washington should launch their leafhopper control

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Giving tradition a nudge in the vineyard

July 10th, 2019|0 Comments

New generation of disease-resistant grapes are showing signs of increased acceptance in Europe.

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Clean Plant Center Northwest offers low-cost little cherry disease testing

July 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

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Thanks to the support of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, the Virus Diagnostic Laboratory

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Bee-based biocontrol – Video

July 1st, 2019|0 Comments

New technology that uses bees to deliver biocontrol exactly where it’s needed could help organic blueberry growers fight mummy berry.

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Josh Heinicke, a young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

July 1st, 2019|0 Comments

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family background / Josh is the fourth generation of his family in farming and is

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Good to Know: Another big year for grape and wine research

July 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Research aims to improve wine quality by addressing vineyard and winery challenges.

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Exclusive varieties can benefit all growers

June 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Industry groups work to find the right spot for a growing segment of exclusive varieties.

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An inside look at WA 38

June 26th, 2019|0 Comments

New expanded starch scale will help get the first Cosmic Crisp harvest ripe from the start.

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Variety debate

June 25th, 2019|0 Comments

WA 2 lawsuit continues in Washington state courtrooms.

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Hot new varieties for hot climates

June 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Pome fruit breeding partnership between Spain and New Zealand produces new cultivars that will help the industry adapt to climate change.

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Organic community honors David Granatstein

June 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Retired sustainable agriculture specialist recognized for 30-year career at WSU.

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Got gibberellins?

June 19th, 2019|0 Comments

For fruit size and firmness benefits, GA3 is a good choice for cherry growers.

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Wine grapes show a spectrum of stress

June 18th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU researcher paints nuanced picture of how wine grape varieties respond to water deficits.

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Setting the course for future varieties – Video

June 13th, 2019|0 Comments

The stewards of Honeycrisp and Cosmic Crisp discuss how these varieties came to be and how the programs were shaped by their discoveries.

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New niche varieties spreading juicy rumors

June 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Can new apricot varieties spark renewed interest from consumers and growers?

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Try renewal pruning to delay replanting grapevines

June 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers determine ways to extend the life of declining Merlot vines.

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Michigan Tree Fruit Commission renews MSU infrastructure funding

June 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Michigan tree fruit growers vote again to put their own money toward the infrastructure at Michigan State University’s research orchards.

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The land grant mission

June 6th, 2019|0 Comments

As funding for higher education increasingly dries up, universities seek new ways to keep permanent crops growing and thriving.

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Good to Know: The disruption eruption

June 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission funding codling moth mating disruption for 30 years.

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Crossing paths to sweet success

May 30th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU cherry breeder has plans for improving program.

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Winter cherry modeling is coming

May 29th, 2019|1 Comment

OSU researcher builds cherry bud cold hardiness model for AgWeatherNet.

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Sugar stall caused by grapevine red blotch virus

May 27th, 2019|1 Comment

Researchers discover that grapevine red blotch virus reduces fruit quality by interrupting how the fruit accumulate sugar and make anthocyanins.

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Taking apples in a new direction

May 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

Growers turn bi-ax tree system sideways for WA 38 plantings.

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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|1 Comment

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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.