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Orchard Equipment and Irrigation

Featured stories covering tree fruit and grape orchard equipment, and irrigation techniques appear in this issue.

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Promising pear rootstocks

April 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Researchers study Amelanchier and quince selections as pear rootstocks for Pacific Northwest.

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Irrigation effects on wine

April 14th, 2015|1 Comment

Deficit irrigation enhances color and fruitiness of wines.

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Honeycrisp is still an enigma

April 14th, 2015|0 Comments

Growers have yet to unlock the horticultural secrets of growing Honeycrisp in a warm climate.

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Automated pruning with robotics

April 13th, 2015|0 Comments

Robots can follow pruning rules as well as humans, but a key was writing the rules.

Kennewick packer earns certification

April 5th, 2015|0 Comments

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Columbia Fresh Packing, an apple and cherry packer in Kennewick, Washington, has received U.S. Department of Agriculture certification for Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling

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Good to Know: Maintain good soil structure

April 4th, 2015|0 Comments

Weed mulch plus gypsum keep surface soil soft, permeable, and well-aerated

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New Zealand wind machine is now available in U.S.

April 4th, 2015|0 Comments

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A portable wind machine developed and manufactured in New Zealand is now being distributed in the United States by Chamberlin Agriculture. The machines can be used

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Soil moisture can be depleted by spring

April 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

“In years when we have dry winters, you may need both a fall and early spring irrigation.” — Hemant Gohil

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Soil moisture critical at bud break

April 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

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Even a two-week delay in filling up the soil profile in early spring when vines begin to break bud can reduce cluster counts and impact

Growers get tree audits

April 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

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Fruit Rights Australia Inc., a company set up a year ago to deter illegal propagation of stone fruit varieties, announced recently that growers Steve and

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Percolation barriers could enhance water retention

April 2nd, 2015|3 Comments

Subsurface Water Retention Technology could revolutionize irrigated agriculture.

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Nova Scotia revisited

April 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Nova Scotia has earned a reputation for producing the best Honeycrisp apples.

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Timing is everything when fine tuning grape irrigation

April 2nd, 2015|1 Comment

Research suggests Washington red wine grapes could benefit from new irrigation regimes.

WSU to rerelease WA 2

April 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

WA 2, which stays crisp and improves in flavor, has good potential for late-season sales.

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Irrigation management key to growing Honeycrisp

April 2nd, 2015|3 Comments

Honeycrisp trees don’t like excessive water, says veteran Washington tree fruit grower.

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Consumers are ready for more cherries

April 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Don’t be afraid of larger cherry crops.

B.C. growers elect board

April 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

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Members of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association in British Columbia, Canada, reelected Fred Steele as president for 2015, with Bhupinder Dhaliwal as vice president. Also

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Microwaves control brown rot

April 1st, 2015|1 Comment

Scientists in Spain showed that microwaving peaches and nectarines prevents rot without harming the fruit.

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Preparing for lift-off

April 1st, 2015|0 Comments

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Proprietary Variety Management—the company that is managing the commercialization of Washington State University’s WA 38 apple—has formed an industry-wide marketing group to discuss how the

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Arctic apple Q&A: Expect more GMO apples in the pipeline

April 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Okanagan Specialty Fruits plans to submit more GMO apple varieties for deregulation within the year.

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Washington Wine Commission releases marketing videos

April 1st, 2015|0 Comments

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The Washington Wine Commission has released a new educational marketing video called “Our Story” to visually tell about the state’s wine industry, its history, people,

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Ballard retires from clean plant program

April 1st, 2015|0 Comments

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After helping to expand Washington State’s grape industry through public and private entities for more than 35 years, Gary Ballard, operations manager of the Clean

Growers partner to buy orchard

April 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Fourteen families joined the venture with their cooperative Scotian Gold.

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Sean Tudor, Young Grower from Grandview, Washington

March 31st, 2015|1 Comment

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grower / Grandview, Washington
age / 28
crops / Apples, cherries, wine and juice grapes
business / Owner Rustic Vineyards, 2dor Wines
other experience / Walla Walla Community College,

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Big hopes for small apple

March 30th, 2015|0 Comments

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The Italian company Kiku Variety Management has big hopes for its small apple called Isaaq, which is being promoted as a snack apple.

Isaaq is being

Dick Bartram, 1920-2015

March 17th, 2015|0 Comments

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Retired Washington State University Cooperative Extension agent Richard “Dick” Bartram, who was an authority on apple maturity and storage, died February 19, aged 94.

Bartram was