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New technology explores pollination automation

March 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Israeli tech company working to develop automated pollination.

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Researchers look to fungi to help keep honeybees healthy

March 21st, 2019|0 Comments

New research explores two very different fungi that could knock out the varroa mite and boost bees' immunity.

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Orchardists testing bee-attractant paste

March 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Yakima, Washington, start-up markets potent lure to boost pollination.

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WSU wine research seminar on April 17 to focus on smoke exposure

March 20th, 2019|0 Comments

The impact of smoke taint from wildfires is the focus of the Washington Advancements in Viticulture and Enology (WAVEx) research seminar on April 17 in Richland, Washington.

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Researcher spins off pollen suspension

March 19th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU researcher licenses pollen suspension while continuing electrostatic research.

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Pollination calculation: Every bee counts

March 19th, 2019|0 Comments

Online tool helps growers assess how much pollination they get from wild bees.

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Auvil: WA 38 management tips

March 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Tom Auvil on some things to consider as the Cosmic Crisp brand approaches its first commercial harvest.

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Moth myth explained

March 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Traps say oriental fruit moth isn’t there, but better lure placement proves otherwise in Michigan peach orchards.

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Boring into study of beetles and rapid apple decline

March 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Link between black stem borer and collapse of young dwarf apple trees draws scrutiny from researcher.

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Raising a stink for BMSB research

March 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Raising colonies of brown marmorated stink bugs helps researchers identify more IPM-friendly tools for management.

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Native natural enemies

March 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers looking at native cousins of the Asian parasitoid wasp that targets brown marmorated stink bug.

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SWD resistance a red flag for organic growers

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

The only organic insecticide for spotted wing drosophila is losing efficacy as the pest gains resistance in berry production region of California.

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Hyperparasites: enemies of enemies of enemies

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Hyperparasitic behavior among the findings of OSU trechnites study.

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Genetic control for spotted wing drosophila

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

University of California, San Diego researchers exploring ways to use genetics to control spotted wing drosophila.

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Cornell offers in-depth fruit school March 26 and 27

March 7th, 2019|0 Comments

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Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is offering a two-day, in-depth fruit school:

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USDA announces funds to fight spotted lanternfly

March 7th, 2019|0 Comments

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The fight against spotted lanternfly in Pennsylvania got a $6.5 million boost this week with

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Spotted lanternfly a new grape threat

March 7th, 2019|0 Comments

Swarms of feeding spotted lanternfly can kill a vineyard. Will the Pennsylvania quarantine be able to keep them from spreading?

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New pesticide application method a shot in the bark

March 7th, 2019|0 Comments

MSU researcher compares trunk injection to spray application for pear psylla control.

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Looking for the sweet spot in powdery mildew resistance

March 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Researcher looks for genetic factors that make sweet cherries less susceptible to the fungal pathogen.

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A look at the ins and outs of netting

March 5th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU grad student studies the effect of orchard netting on bugs, both good and bad.

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Reflective mulch proves repellent

March 5th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU researcher finds reflective mulch keeps pear psylla out in early season.

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Unravelling the mysteries of the grapevine leaffolder

March 1st, 2019|0 Comments

New wine grape pest in one Washington region turns out to be cousin of common California leaffolder.

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Breeding bugs to fly and die: Video

February 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers, technology company explore sterile codling moth releases in U.S. apple orchards.

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Final IFTA tour stop: Grow to replace

February 28th, 2019|0 Comments

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Scott VanDeWalle of VanDeWalle Fruit Farm in Alton, New York, has spent his 36 years

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IFTA Heuser lecturer: Start with the problem

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

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Agriculture’s ability to collect data is greater than its ability to model and interpret data,

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Cornell receives $68.9 million for new grape research lab

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

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The federal Grape Genetic Research Unit at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York, has received

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DuPont: Moving toward bio-based IPM in pears

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

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Pear psylla in 2016 to 2017 was “the worst in a decade,” Bob Gix, horticulturist

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Bitter rot spotting in Northeast and Midwest

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

North Carolina researcher gives Northeast, Midwest growers a head start on fighting apple disease.

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New Innovator grant targets pesticide residue

February 26th, 2019|0 Comments

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Fighting pests by spraying ozonated water and steaming them with hot, highly refined oil vapors:

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San Jose scale scuffle in Michigan

February 26th, 2019|0 Comments

Michigan cherry growers take on San Jose scale.

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IFTA bestows awards

February 25th, 2019|0 Comments

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Paul Wafler of Wafler Farms was named the Outstanding Grower for 2019 by the International

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Managing fire blight for the conventional grower

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

A collection of the most-repeated tips for fire blight management.

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Midwest faces strep-resistant fire blight

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

After a tough 2018, Michigan hopes to control fire blight this season.

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Stopping shoot blight

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers investigate new ways to protect trees without sacrificing growth.

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Organic control options for fire blight

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

OSU researcher shares tips for organic growers battling fire blight.

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Stephen Garczynski, 1960-2019

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

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Stephen Garczynski, research geneticist at the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Wapato, Washington, died Feb.

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Viral link examined in rapid apple decline

February 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers have uncovered a new virus associated with the mysterious, rapid collapse of young dwarf apple trees, but discovering if it’s the culprit will require more research.

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Little cherry disease creates a big problem

February 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Little cherry disease may be approaching epidemic levels.

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Phytoplasmas found in stone fruit

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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Washington cherry growers, by now, know the dangers of phytoplasmas that cause little cherry disease

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Spray researchers aim to catch their drift: Video

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

New drift assessment survey underway to improve models that predict pesticide drift risk and potentially preclude unnecessarily restrictive labels.

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Steering the research on spray drift

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

UW researcher takes the wheel for drift data collection.

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Blueberry workshops offered in New York, March 5 and 14

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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The New York State Berry Growers Association (NYSBGA) has partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension to

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Digging into soil bacteria and chlorosis

February 14th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU researcher searches for ways to use the connection between soil microbiology and Concord vine health.

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Winegrowers Day 2

February 13th, 2019|0 Comments

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Labor remains the biggest cost for wine grape growers in Washington, and for many, it

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Weather-related updates and cancellations

February 11th, 2019|0 Comments

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Good Fruit Grower will post the latest updates we receive for weather-related cancellations and rescheduled

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Wine research grant to fund sustainability study

February 7th, 2019|0 Comments

$300,000 wine grape study aims to better understand consumer interest in sustainability.

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Extra cuticle cuts water demand in the vineyard

February 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Researcher targeting spotted wing drosophila finds coating good for water-saving application.

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Nonpesticidal controls for SWD

February 5th, 2019|0 Comments

OSU researcher shares two new products showing promise in fighting spotted wing drosophila.

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The small print has a big impact in new Farm Bill

February 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Unexpected language change in Farm Bill adds protections for intellectual property of new varieties.

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Register now for WSU/OSU Cherry Fruit School, March 12-13

January 31st, 2019|0 Comments

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Sweet cherry growers can learn about the latest research and technology at the upcoming Cherry