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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

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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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family background / Conor grew up in a large Yakima Valley farming family growing juice

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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

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Munch Madness? USApple rolls out pun-laden promotion

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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Munch Madness has begun.

The third annual promotion of the U.S. Apple Association pits apple varieties

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Washington’s organic apple acreage grew 37 percent

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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Organic apple acreage certified in Washington in 2017 exceeded expectations as certified orchards grew 37

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IFTA explores Nelson, New Zealand

February 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated to correct “flaring” to flowering,” a goof resulting

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Taking the fight to fire blight

February 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Risk is higher in Washington this season for deadly orchard disease. Here’s what you need to do.

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Researchers are rethinking replant

February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Field trials underway to see if biological alternatives to fumigation can be a practical option for apple growers

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New Zealand growers welcome IFTA Study Tour groups

February 17th, 2018|0 Comments

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The International Fruit Tree Association 2018 summer tour and conference kicked off with a welcome

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No-dig trellis is on solid ground

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Agricultural engineer uses steel posts and concrete footings for above-ground trellis system.

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Should you grow vertical or V?

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

That’s the question when preparing for robotic pickers in your orchard.

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The good and bad of different rootstocks

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Nursery owner warns growers it’s not as simple as asking which rootstock is the best.

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Good to Know: Signs of brittle graft unions

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers have new findings on Geneva 41.

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GMO Arctic Fuji apple passes another approval milestone

January 30th, 2018|2 Comments

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Okanagan Specialty Fruits, maker of the genetically-modified, non browning Arctic announced today their GMO Arctic

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Ohio grower adds a touch of tech to his orchard

January 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Former information-technology specialist uses computer skills in pick-your-own venture.

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Finding success the cooperative way

January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

The fewer grower cooperatives packing fruit in the industry today still play crucial role.

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The challenges of storing organic apples

January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

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Last season, Washington harvested 13 million boxes of organic apples and even more are expected

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Bringing antique apples back to market

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Michigan grower finds niche with abundance of heritage varieties.

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Growing big with Genevas

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Third-year Washington trial offers new insight into cropping capabilities.

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Want to get in on organics?

January 9th, 2018|2 Comments

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Transitioning tree fruit to organic production was the focus of a Washington State University NextGen

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It’s boom time for organics

January 9th, 2018|1 Comment

Washington’s organic apple growers adding 10,000 new acres in just a few years.

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Conner Sullivan, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

January 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Conner along with his cousin Clint Sullivan started their business after growing

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Computer vision systems can count apples and provide a new perspective on crop load

December 30th, 2017|0 Comments

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To the casual observer, the row after row of ripe, red apples on trellises looks

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Growing by the acres

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Results from Washington state questionnaire help paint picture of shifting fruit industry.

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Yes, your spray nozzles need to be replaced on a regular basis.

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Nozzle nagging

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Insurance beyond apples

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

A proposed tree policy could protect the investment in today’s orchards.