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Weed eaters

April 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Herbicide resistance pushes California grape growers to try bringing back weed control strategies such as sheep and cultivation.

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What lies beneath

April 24th, 2018|0 Comments

A researcher seeks to determine which indicators are most important in soil.

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New approaches needed for weed control

April 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Herbicide resistance is a threat growers need to take seriously.

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Weed worries: Herbicide-resistant species are top of mind

April 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Glyphosate-resistance is primary weed concern for wine grape growers in Washington state.

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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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US Apple denounces as “harmful” and “inaccurate” EWG’s so-called annual Dirty Dozen list

April 10th, 2018|0 Comments

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The activist Environmental Working Group put out its annual “Dirty Dozen” list, again criticizing the

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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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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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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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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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Trent Graybill, a young grower from Zillah, Washington

March 15th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Trent is a first-generation farmer who started growing cherries alongside his wife,

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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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BMSB is still raising a stink

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Oregon State entomologist updates Northwest growers on investigations into brown marmorated stink bug.

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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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On the lookout for spotted lanternfly

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

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This beautiful bug is bad news.

The spotted lanternfly, an Asian sap sucker that feeds on

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Apple maggot quarantine saves $500 million a year

March 9th, 2018|0 Comments

New economic analysis puts a price tag on protecting Washington's maggot-free tree fruit regions.

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Washington research commission hires special projects coordinator

March 8th, 2018|0 Comments

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Rob Curtiss has been hired by the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission as special projects

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Hunting for vineyard disease vectors

March 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Buffalo treehopper emerges as a potential carrier of virus that causes red blotch disease.

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More good mites wanted this year

March 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Biocontrol and low-pesticide systems appear to be working in controlling mites in vineyards.

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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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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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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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On the hunt for nematodes

February 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington researchers launch big-picture project to figure out how best to protect vineyards against root parasites.

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Registration opens for February pesticide handlers course

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

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Workers who need to renew or obtain their pesticide handlers license in Washington state can

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Want to get in on organics?

January 9th, 2018|2 Comments

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Transitioning tree fruit to organic production was the focus of a Washington State University NextGen

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Yes, your spray nozzles need to be replaced on a regular basis.

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Nozzle nagging

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For plants, it’s not easy being clean

December 26th, 2017|0 Comments

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Starting a new orchard or vineyard with clean plants is the best way for growers

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DeVaney: Expectations from Olympia

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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The political landscape may change in unknown ways in the Washington state capital in 2018,

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Watch the 2017 Hort Show video summaries

December 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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GLExpo Day 3 wrap: using plant growth regulators for flowering, fruit set, and other aspects of physiology

December 7th, 2017|0 Comments

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Things were a little quieter on the final day of the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable

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Strong market for Michigan sweet cherries: GLExpo Day 2 wrap

December 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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There was good news and bad news for cherry growers at the second day of

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GLExpo Day 1 wrap: pests, pollinators and soil microbes

December 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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For tree fruit growers, the first day of the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm

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An Oregon trailblazer: 2017 Grower of the year

November 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Curiosity, sharing and innovation drive Mike Omeg, a fifth-generation cherry grower.

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A grower with industry influence: 2017 Grower of the year

November 30th, 2017|1 Comment

Grower of the Year Mike Omeg has an impressive list of industry contributions and accomplishments.

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Grape prices, fungicide resistance likely heading up

November 17th, 2017|0 Comments

The acreage of juice grapes in Washington continues to decline, but the price is likely to go up next year, said Trent Ball at the Washington State Grape Society annual meeting on Friday. Challenging growing seasons in Argentina, Spain, and California mean global supplies are down.

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Oregon State looking for cherry growers to develop pest plan

November 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Oregon State University is looking for sweet cherry growers in the Northwest to help develop a long-term Integrated Pest Management plan.

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Riesling for those rainy days

November 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Growers in the Finger Lakes figure out how to grow European grapes in challenging conditions.

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Seeing red in the vineyard

October 27th, 2017|1 Comment

Both biotic and abiotic causes can turn grape leaves red. Here’s what you should look for.

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Scouting strategies

October 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Your vineyard scouts probably aren’t sampling nearly as randomly as you think they are.

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Organic apple production remains complicated in the Northeastern U.S.

October 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Organic apple production remains complicated in the Northeastern U.S., but one grower has figured out how to make a profit on processing apples.

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European Cherry Fruit Fly found in NY

October 16th, 2017|0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture officials have confirmed that European Cherry Fruit Fly is now present in Niagara County, New York. The invasive pest was first detected in North America in Ontario, Canada, in 2015.

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Mid-Columbia CORE pesticide training set

October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Mid-Columbia CORE pesticide training is scheduled for Dec. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will be held in the Columbia Gorge Community College Lecture Hall, Building 2 in The Dalles.

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The global fire blight fight

September 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Belgian researchers at pcfruit are examining biocontrols and detection methods for fire blight.