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Going undercover with drape netting

August 15th, 2018|0 Comments

U.S. universities embark on studies to examine drape netting over high-value apple orchards.

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Shaking it up in the orchard: Video

August 14th, 2018|0 Comments

WSU continues work on tiered shake-and-catch harvester.

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University of Minnesota introduces First Kiss apple

August 8th, 2018|1 Comment

The same apple breeding team that brought Honeycrisp to market is releasing a new cultivar this year.

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Washington apple forecast: 131 million boxes

August 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington apple growers expect to harvest 131 million boxes of apples this year, down slightly from last year’s haul.

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Battling birds with lights, sounds : Videos

August 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Makers of new noise and laser deterrents promise birds won’t habituate to the technology.

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Be gone, starlings

August 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Bird control in British Columbia benefits from area-wide approach.

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Guilherme Fontanella Sander, a young grower from Vale do Sol, Brazil

July 27th, 2018|0 Comments

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That’s a wrap: IFTA summer tour concludes

July 26th, 2018|0 Comments

A visit to a high-density Ambrosia and Honeycrisp orchard overlooking the upper stretches of Okanagan Lake brought the International Fruit Tree Association summer tour to a conclusion.

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Dressel named chairperson of NYAA board

July 18th, 2018|0 Comments

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Sarah Dressel of Dressel Farms in New Paltz, New York, has been named chairperson of

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Handle Geneva 41 with care

July 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Popular G.41 rootstock takes extra work, but can succeed.

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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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Steven Murray Jr., a young grower from Bakersfield, California

June 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Steven has helped change Murray Family Farms’ business, adding farm markets and

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EverCrisp release ramps up

June 13th, 2018|1 Comment

Midwest Apple Improvement Association marketing its first new apple.

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WSU reveals its wild cider

June 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Students start cider apple breeding program to learn techniques.

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New potential for old apples

June 12th, 2018|2 Comments

Cider demand renews interest for growing traditional varieties in modern orchard systems.

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Northwest tree fruit delegation heads to D.C. to talk trade

June 7th, 2018|0 Comments

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A delegation representing the Northwest tree fruit industry will be meeting with Trump administration officials

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Mexico slaps tariffs on U.S. apples

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Country's largest apple export market retaliates over steel and aluminum tariffs.

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Plans within plants

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Managing sheer number of samples, volume of data is focus for breeding program.

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Post-Cosmic question: What’s next?

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

With launch of WA 38 underway, WSU’s apple breeding program hopes to build on successes.

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Good Point: What growers want

May 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington tree fruit industry lays out technology priorities.

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Waste not wanted

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Postharvest tools, better communication can help fine-tune storage practices and improve packouts.

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Growing from good to great in New Zealand

May 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Return to basics aids grower in troubled block of Jazz apples.

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Bruno Simpson, a young grower from Nelson, New Zealand

April 29th, 2018|0 Comments

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Preparing for fire

April 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Foresters, growers give advice for protecting orchards and vineyards from wildfires.

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Pest spotters

April 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Scout teams help growers target, dial in their IPM.

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Net benefits

April 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Orchard netting can help prevent fruit sunburn in addition to protecting against hail damage.

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Growing into the future – Video

April 17th, 2018|0 Comments

New Zealand researchers and growers testing limits with 2D, 3D systems.

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Kyle Ardiel, a young grower from Thornbury, Ontario

April 17th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/ After growing up on the family farm, Kyle earned a business degree working

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Washington apple foundation sets May 1 deadline for apple art contest

April 12th, 2018|0 Comments

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The Washington Apple Education Foundation, the charity of the tree fruit industry, has launched a

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A standout tour of New Zealand – Photos & VR

April 11th, 2018|0 Comments

IFTA attendees were easy to spot as they traversed the New Zealand countryside. Here are a few highlights.

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Rockit gains altitude

April 11th, 2018|0 Comments

New Zealand growers have soaring hopes for little apple.

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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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On shallowed ground

April 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Experts urge growers to water with less volume, but more often, to keep up with shallower rootstocks.

Yvette Jones, a young grower from Nelson, New Zealand

April 9th, 2018|0 Comments

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USApple: fresh apple inventories from 2017 crop at 61.3m bushels

April 6th, 2018|0 Comments

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The US Apple Association, giving the first report on the 2017 apple crop, says this year’s

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‘Kia ora’ from a distant land

April 5th, 2018|0 Comments

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To those who’ve never been there, New Zealand brings to mind acclaimed movies — the

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New Zealand’s Honeycrisp blossoms in Timaru – Video

March 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Finicky variety finds success in central New Zealand climate.

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Researchers finish final pollen tube model

March 29th, 2018|0 Comments

After 11 years, pollen tube projects are complete with release of Red Delicious model.

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Conor Kilian, a young grower from Sunnyside, Washington

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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The Cosmic gospel : Video

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington State University continues education on training WA 38 trees.

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Click thinking: High-density success depends on pruning style

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Lessons learned in Italy about benefits of click pruning could help U.S. growers.

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USApple disappointed growers “in the crosshairs” in China-U.S. trade dispute

March 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

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The U.S. Apple Association expressed extreme disappointment that tree fruit may be a casualty in

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Legal battle over Cosmic Crisp unlikely to affect availability of new trees

March 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Sources describe how dispute began

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Growers flock to Washington, lobbying legislators

March 16th, 2018|0 Comments

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Apple growers appeared in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, visiting more than 100 legislative offices to

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Variety Watch: Koru rolls down red carpet

March 14th, 2018|2 Comments

First commercial U.S. shipments of chance New Zealand apple variety reach store shelves.

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WSU talks tough, Phytelligence talks softer in suits over Cosmic Crisp

March 13th, 2018|0 Comments

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This post from March 13 has been updated with new statements from Washington State University

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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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IFTA awards Grower of the Year award during New Zealand tour

March 5th, 2018|0 Comments

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The International Fruit Tree Association presented its Grower of the Year award during the annual

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In New Zealand, IFTA honors contributors to apple industry

March 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

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The first group of fruit growers visiting New Zealand for the International Fruit Tree Association