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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|0 Comments

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

  • 2018 Gala apple harvest

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.


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|0 Comments

University of Saskatchewan breeding program yields some surprising dwarf cherries.

  • 2018 International Fruit Tree Association New Zealand Study Tour and Conference

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.

  • Bird control technology

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.

  • Penn State Extension Blueberry survey

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.

  • Dropcopter prototype pollinator

The new buzz for blossoms

July 30th, 2018|0 Comments

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

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Guilherme Fontanella Sander, a young grower from Vale do Sol, Brazil

July 27th, 2018|1 Comment

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family background / Guilherme grew up working alongside his father Renato and mother Edna at

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That’s a wrap: IFTA summer tour concludes

July 26th, 2018|0 Comments

A visit to a high-density Ambrosia and Honeycrisp orchard overlooking the upper stretches of Okanagan Lake brought the International Fruit Tree Association summer tour to a conclusion.

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Washington State Wine announces priorities for research program

July 25th, 2018|0 Comments

A new list of priorities developed with input from winemakers and wine grape growers in Washington state will guide the Washington State Wine’s funding recommendations for research in 2019.

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IFTA tours Summerland research center’s genetic diversity

July 24th, 2018|0 Comments

A glimpse of 30,000 apple varieties in various stages of propagation overlooking the shores of Okanagan Lake highlighted the first day of the International Tree Fruit Association summer tour through British Columbia.

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Handle Geneva 41 with care

July 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Popular G.41 rootstock takes extra work, but can succeed.

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Studying the rot of the problem

July 17th, 2018|0 Comments

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Sour rot can be a frustrating foe in vineyards, but after more than a decade

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Making history in the growing at Penn State

July 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center celebrates 100 years of supporting growers.

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Taking on trellis with peach trees

July 11th, 2018|0 Comments

New innovations from Penn State promise increased yields, opportunity for mechanization.

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Study in quality controls will help manage peach mealiness

July 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Researcher examines effects of chilling, waxes and coatings on Ontario peaches.

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What makes a ‘cultural’ orchardist?

July 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers examine how growers pick nonchemical pest management tactics.

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For cherries and blueberries, it pays to prey

July 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Research confirms benefits of kestrels for bird control.

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WSU breaks ground on state-of-the-art Plant Sciences Building

June 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Aiming to be recognized as one of the top 25 public research universities by 2030, Washington State University broke ground on June 27 for its Plant Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art research facility.

  • An OFM larva is revealed in this apple shoot. (Photo by Greg Krawczyk)

Good to Know: Help for managing Oriental fruit moth

June 28th, 2018|0 Comments

OFM damage is on the rise in Washington orchards.

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Divide to conquer pests?

June 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Boutique grower credits unconventional trellis system for pest and disease prevention.

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Northern exposure

June 20th, 2018|0 Comments

See why Vineland apricots bred in Ontario are getting attention.

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Some promising cherry variety picks

June 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Why these sweet cherry varieties could find a place in Northwest orchards.

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EverCrisp release ramps up

June 13th, 2018|1 Comment

Midwest Apple Improvement Association marketing its first new apple.

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WSU reveals its wild cider

June 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Students start cider apple breeding program to learn techniques.

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New potential for old apples

June 12th, 2018|2 Comments

Cider demand renews interest for growing traditional varieties in modern orchard systems.

  • Kate Evans and the WSU breeding program

Plans within plants

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Managing sheer number of samples, volume of data is focus for breeding program.

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Post-Cosmic question: What’s next?

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

With launch of WA 38 underway, WSU’s apple breeding program hopes to build on successes.

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Shredding research in Midwest vineyards

May 31st, 2018|0 Comments

MSU study finds some benefits in using mechanized leaf removal.

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Good Point: What growers want

May 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington tree fruit industry lays out technology priorities.