Horticulture and Viticulture
Featured stories covering horticulture and viticulture issues appear in this issue.
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Tyler Harlington, Young Grower Feb. 1, 2014
Q: Did you always want to be a farmer? I wanted to be a lawyer. I wanted to get away from the farm
Scientists trace red-flesh genes
Could red-fleshed varieties be developed for the nutraceutical industry?
Fast track ends for Jerry Haak
Jerry Haak focused on growing fruit and helping others, not his pain.
Blueberry trees could be machine harvested, boosting fruit yields.
Widow goes it alone, yet not alone
Pear industry members step in to help Nancy Vaughn produce a quality crop.
Thinning doesn’t always boost cherry size
A research project to find out whether Ethrel (ethephon) could be used as a postbloom thinner for cherries showed that the material can reduce the fruit load.
Do cherries need water before harvest?
Growers have conflicting opinions
ReTain can improve cherry fruit set
Bloom-time applications of an ethylene inhibitor can keep cherry blossoms viable longer
Tart cherry market order renewal
“We want to build our supplies, not restrict them. We want to get our market back.” —Randy Willmeng
More trials for cherry rootstocks
New MSU cherry rootstocks are dwarfing and precocious
Washington State’s most southern vineyard
Grenache was one of the first varieties that Don Graves planted. It did very well, but was not popular with winemakers 40 years ago.
Washington State’s most northern Vineyard
The Veranda Beach vineyard is the cornerstone of a resort development.
Billionaire quiet on vineyard plans
Aquilini’s British Columbia company shocked the wine world with the purchase of land at Red Mountain.
Honeycrisp: Don’t kill the golden goose
New red strains might disguise improper maturity
Adjust Honeycrisp crop early
Overcropping Honeycrisp will result in poorly colored, poor-storing, and poor-tasting fruit.
Packing capacity grows in Michigan
Michigan apple packers are in an expansion mode.
Taking the guesswork out of yield estimating
Trellis tension technology could improve accuracy of crop estimating in grapes.
Brandt brand is a masterpiece
E.W. Brandt and Sons, a fruit growing, packing, and marketing operation in Wapato, Washington, is expanding its operations and is using RemBrandt Masterpiece fruit as
Speedy grafting tools
Ian Adams of Scionon, Ltd., Hastings, New Zealand, and Matt Moser of Moser Fruit Tree Sales, Inc., Coloma, Michigan, have agreed to partner in the
The Washington State Horticultural Association and ApRecs have teamed up to offer growers and packers access to a spray record and food-safety documentation system that
Fruit legends star in minimovies
Howell at the Moon Productions has released two new short documentaries on the legendary Washington fruit growers Grady Auvil and Tom Mathison. Gee Whiz: The
Wine foundation honored
The Washington Wine Industry Foundation was named a benefactor last month during the fundraising Washington State University Foundation Gala in recognition of its high level
Give feedback on crop insurance
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Agriculture will hold listening sessions in February to get feedback from specialty crop growers
Wine industry foundation oversees grants
The Washington Wine Industry Foundation is administering three grants totaling nearly $525,000 that deal with clean plants, winery worker safety and training, and plant pests
Techniques and benefits of a fruit wall
Lower costs and better vigor control make them attractive for high-density plantings.
Living the dream
Victor Palencia is one of the youngest winery owners in Washington’s wine industry.