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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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Extracting goodness

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Sales are growing for varietal grape seed oils and flours made from pomace.

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New cools of the trade

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Secondary chillers are replacing conventional storage cooling systems.

Reducing water usage

April 24th, 2015|1 Comment

E & J Gallo reduced its winery water usage by 25 percent.

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Getting the most from compost

April 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Think years, not weeks, when calculating nitrogen release from compost.

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Branching experiment results in more feathers

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Treatments with Promalin or MaxCel put more branches on young apple trees.

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Understand key roles of roots

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Knowing more about what’s below ground might translate into improved yields and better informed management decisions.

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Six steps to good orchard site preparation

April 20th, 2015|3 Comments

It’s important to prepare your surface soil the right way before planting.

Wine wastewater permits are coming

April 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Final rules for Washington State wineries expected by next spring.

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Turning pomace into compost

April 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Walla Walla Community College hopes to show wineries how to compost their wine leftovers.

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Beating the competition to help new plantings

April 16th, 2015|0 Comments

In young orchards, good weed control is essential for fast, early growth and high yields.

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Demand is strong for Geneva rootstocks

April 16th, 2015|1 Comment

Nurseries and growers have much to learn about the newer ones.

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Pedro Cuevas Jr., Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

April 15th, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / Royal City, Washington
age / 25
crops / Cherries, apples
business / Part owner of Rancho Cuevas orchard and fieldman with CHS Sun Basin
other experience /

Keep varieties updated

April 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Orchards need to be renovated to produce the kind of fruit that’s in demand.

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Rootstocks under trial

April 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Geneva rootstocks might be less vigorous in Washington.

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Apple box label collection is packer's passion

April 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Bob Price has one of the country’s largest collections of apple box labels.

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Canners need Bartletts

April 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Grandy closes almost 20 years as manager of pear bargaining group by sealing a three-year contract with record prices for growers.

Don Mercer to be inducted into Wine Hall of Fame

April 13th, 2015|0 Comments

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Horse Heaven Hills pioneer Don Mercer will be inducted in the Legend of Washington Hall of Fame in August by the Walter Clore Wine and

Another record harvest for wine grapes

April 13th, 2015|0 Comments

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Washington State’s 2014 wine grape harvest was the largest on record and posted the third consecutive year of growth, reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Washington fruit commission representatives reappointed

April 13th, 2015|0 Comments

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Mike Wade of Wenatchee has been reappointed as a representative of the Washington State Fruit Commission on the board of the Northwest Horticultural Council for

Apple specialist retires

April 13th, 2015|0 Comments

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Leslie Huffman, apple specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, retired March 1.

She joined OMAFRA in 1981 and worked in fruit