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Nutrient and Water Management

Featured stories covering nutrient and water management in this issue.

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  • Nick MacKay, Young Grower

Nick Mackay, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

After originally pursuing a degree in history and law, Nick pursued a more hands-on career through Washington State University’s viticulture program.

  • Tree planting and irrigation work

Watering by the numbers

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Extension specialists take the mystery out of irrigating.

  • Ridgefest

Changing ideas about water

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Irrigation becomes crucial tool even in well-watered East.

  • Washington IFTA 2015

Better ways to irrigate

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

WSU researcher offers tips for reducing water use.

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How different nutrients affect fruit quality

April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

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As with all plants, nitrogen plays a major role in fruit and tree growth. Fruit color development can be limited by the presence of too

  • Washington IFTA 2015

Know your soil before picking your rootstock

April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers encourage growers to match a rootstock’s ability to absorb nutrients to those nutrients found in the soil.

  • Riesling wine grape cluster

Watering whites

April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Research shows growers can conserve water while still maintaining quality grapes.

  • Isolated Roots

Root care

April 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Remember to consider what lies beneath when maintaining a healthy orchard.

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Going deep when watering grapes

April 12th, 2016|0 Comments

WSU study shows that applying drip irrigation deep beneath the soil surface holds promise.

  • Julia Kock at Klipsun Vineyard

Concords on deficit

April 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Subsurface irrigation shows potential for Concords, too.

  • Lapins cherry variety

Using less water

April 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Study shows growers can reduce near-harvest irrigation of cherries without harming trees, fruit.

  • Elaine Froese is a farm family coach.Photo courtesy Elaine Froese

Passing on the farm

April 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Farm family coach offers advice for succession planning.

  • Ambrosia

Ambrosia surge

April 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Marketing minds meet their apple match with increasing number of varieties.

  • Are you the employer of choice?

How to attract workers

April 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Workers go where they can make the most money.

  • Washington IFTA 2015

Modern orchards and technology can potentially reduce production costs

April 4th, 2016|0 Comments

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The cost of producing apples has been rising faster than expected, largely because of increasing labor costs, but costs can be offset by higher yields,

  • Mechanical hedger

Keeping limbs in line with mechanical pruning – (video)

April 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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While not exactly new anywhere, mechanical hedging is seeing a youthful surge on both sides of the U.S. as a way for fruit growers to

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Hortau expands in Pacific Northwest

March 30th, 2016|1 Comment

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Hortau, a provider of precision irrigation management systems, is expanding its full line of products and services to the Pacific Northwest.

Hortau’s smart irrigation management platform

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Hudson Valley hires new tree fruit pathologist

March 30th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Hudson Valley Research Laboratory has hired tree fruit plant pathologist Dr. Srdjan Acimovic.

Acimovic earned his doctorate in plant pathology from the Michigan State University

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New hire for Pear Bureau Northwest

March 30th, 2016|0 Comments

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Pear Bureau Northwest has hired Morgan Cairns as its sampling and event coordinator.

Cairns brings diverse experience in events, food service, communications and graphic design to