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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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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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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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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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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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European cherry fruit fly quarantine in New York expands

May 21st, 2019|0 Comments

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Federal regulators have expanded the quarantine zone for the European cherry fruit fly in New

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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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WSDA offering on-site airblast sprayer training through June

May 20th, 2019|0 Comments

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture is currently enrolling employers from the tree fruit industry

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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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Erin Carlson, a young grower from Summerland, British Columbia

May 15th, 2019|1 Comment

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family background/ Erin received her agriculture degree in organics at the University of Guelph in

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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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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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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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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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Willett: A long history of scraping by

April 30th, 2019|2 Comments

Fire blight and the dawn of the Cooperative Extension System.

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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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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.

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Calling out the codes in the trees

April 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Genetic research explores the underpinning of tree architecture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Appalachian Fruit Research Station.

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Grants promote pollinator habitat

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Program aims to improve habitat for native pollinators and beneficial insects.

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Project examines rootstock’s role in bitter pit

April 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Using rootstocks to manage bitter pit in Honeycrisp is one piece of a major research project known as Root2Fruit.

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Zhou & Melgar: Where do nutrients go when you fertilize trees?

April 1st, 2019|1 Comment

Researchers explore how ripening season affects peach tree nutrient requirements.

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Sallato: Calcium deficiencies in fruit

April 1st, 2019|0 Comments

WSU extension specialist explains how plant nutrition affects your orchard, production and fruit quality.

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Management of grapevine trunk diseases varies by region

March 26th, 2019|0 Comments

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Wood rot pathogens pose a serious threat to vineyards worldwide, but grapevine trunk diseases are

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Researchers look to fungi to help keep honeybees healthy

March 21st, 2019|1 Comment

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

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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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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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Harrison Van Meekeren, a young grower from Lakeville, Nova Scotia

March 14th, 2019|0 Comments

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family background / Harrison grew up in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia and is

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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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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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Sterile codling moth factory ‘a funky business’

February 28th, 2019|0 Comments

British Columbia moth factory cranks out sterile bugs by the millions.