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Cosmic contribution to Clean Plant Center

January 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Using WA 38 graft wood fees, nursery institute donates funds for new growth chamber to Clean Plant Center Northwest.

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Ozone filling a void for fruit packers

January 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Organic storage and food safety needs drive renewed interest in ozone technology.

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Dininny: A+ effort on next apple defect guide

January 14th, 2019|0 Comments

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For years, Washington growers and packers have turned to a handy, 36-page guide to determine

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Clean Plant Center exports mostly on hold

January 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Exports of clean tree fruit budwood on hold while center cleans up paperwork processes.

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Washington growers and wine makers asked to help guide research program

December 27th, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington state grape growers and wine makers are invited to provide input for direction of

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Virus cloning may lead to leafroll control

December 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Cloning a destructive grapevine virus will help researchers understand it and, potentially, learn how to stop it.

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Michigan Spring Peach Update set for March 5

December 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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The annual Michigan Spring Peach Update is slated for March 5 at the Southwest Michigan

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WSU earns federal funds for grape and vineyard research

December 26th, 2018|1 Comment

Research projects supported by Washington’s wine industry help leverage $5.4 million in grants for WSU.

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President signs Farm Bill

December 20th, 2018|0 Comments

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President Donald Trump on Thursday signed the $867 billion Farm Bill that Congress passed last

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Six smart tips for better spray management

December 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Improve spray coverage, reduce drift and protect the environment with a small investment of time and money.

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Researchers share tips for Cosmic success

December 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers share a few nuggets from September WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) field days.

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WSTFA18: Cosmic Crisp concludes the show

December 6th, 2018|0 Comments

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WA 38, the new Washington State University apple variety to be sold under the brand

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Cosmic conundrum: What’s causing these spots?

December 5th, 2018|0 Comments

WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) green spot disorder targeted by researchers.

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WSTFA18: Disease, pest and vigor management panels

December 5th, 2018|0 Comments

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Two presentations by Betsy Beers, a Washington State University entomologist, highlighted Wednesday morning’s disease and

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WSTFA18: Postharvest problems

December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington State University Extension, in cooperation with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission and Good

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WSTFA18: Fire blight in the spotlight : Video

December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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When the Washington State Tree Fruit Association’s annual meeting resumed on Tuesday morning, the session

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Growing unconventionally: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington Fruit and Produce Co. doesn’t do small. This year, the company’s first-ever certified organic

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Growing by the numbers: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

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Dan Plath farms by the data.

He frequently responds to this reporter’s questions about horticultural decisions

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Grape Society annual meeting

November 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Awards and the search for a soil connection to chlorosis at the final day of the Washington State Grape Society annual meeting.

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California moves toward curtailing Lorsban

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

State’s Department of Pesticides Regulation suggests several temporary measures as they work toward permanent state-wide restrictions.

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Switching to organic in the vineyard

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Welch’s grower shares costs and benefits involved with transitioning juice grapes.

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Fire blight control featured at 2018 WSTFA Annual Meeting

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers to gather for December’s annual conference in Yakima, Washington.

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‘Be on the lookout for weeds that do not die’

November 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers in Canada watch for herbicide resistance as Ontario government issues memorandum warning.

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Good to Know: Biocontrol for bunch rot

October 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Native yeasts have potential to inhibit fungal disease in Washington vineyards.

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Is apple clearwing moth on the move?

October 17th, 2018|0 Comments

After infesting orchards in British Columbia, there are indications this pest may have already reached Washington state.

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Hunting down a mysterious rot

September 26th, 2018|0 Comments

New apple disease may taint even pasteurized products, but where does it come from?

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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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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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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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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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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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A bad blightmare of a year

July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Don’t stop cutting away fire blight after harvest, or a bad season will get worse.

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Insect and disease scouting surveys underway

July 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Here's your chance to participate in insect and disease scouting surveys underway in Washington state.

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Washington State Ag Department seeks grower input on top priorities

July 17th, 2018|0 Comments

The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is asking growers and industry workers to take part in a survey to identify top priorities for the program.

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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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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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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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New statewide IPM coordinator named for Oregon

June 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Katie Murray, of Oregon State University’s Integrated Plant Protection Center, has been appointed statewide integrated pest management coordinator for Oregon, according to a statement from OSU.

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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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Quarantine in New York’s Niagara County for European cherry fruit fly

June 14th, 2018|0 Comments

U.S. officials are taking action to stop the potential spread of an invasive fruit fly that could threaten the cherry crop in New York state.

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Promoting native plants in vineyards

May 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Will they prove worth the trouble for growers?

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Rayapati named assistant dean, director for WSU

May 18th, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington State University grape virologist Naidu Rayapati has been named an assistant dean at the

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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.