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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.

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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 – Video

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.