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Probing a pathogen link to rapid apple decline

February 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers have uncovered a new virus associated with the mysterious, rapid collapse of young dwarf apple trees, but discovering if it’s the culprit will require more research.

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Spray researchers aim to catch their drift

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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Against the gray, late-autumn sky, it’s hard to miss the green plume spraying into the

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Steering the research on spray drift

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

UW researcher takes the wheel for drift data collection.

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USApple announces 2019 Young Apple Leaders

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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The U.S. Apple Association announced its class of 2019 Young Apple Leaders, a group of

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Roland Markgraf, a young grower from Kelowna, British Columbia

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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family background / Roland will be graduating from University of British Columbia with a degree

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Risk reduction has its rewards

February 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Panelists share some key tips to help bring success to your orchard.

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Advice for avoiding harvest headaches

February 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Grower panel offers tips and perspective for finishing the growing season on a high (quality) note.

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Weather-related updates and cancellations

February 11th, 2019|0 Comments

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Good Fruit Grower will post the latest updates we receive for weather-related cancellations and rescheduled

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BC Tree Fruits restructures

February 7th, 2019|0 Comments

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BC Tree Fruits, which packs the bulk of British Columbia’s apples, has laid off a

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Highlights in the new Farm Bill

February 5th, 2019|0 Comments

2018 Farm Bill includes several provisions that affect the tree fruit industry.

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FSMA grower training offered in Eastern Washington Feb. 12, 13 and 20

February 5th, 2019|0 Comments

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The Washington State Tree Fruit Association will hold a Produce Safety Alliance grower training course

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Converting to a 2D canopy creates a new dimension for growers

January 31st, 2019|0 Comments

Transitioning a tall spindle system to a narrow fruiting wall increases potential for mechanization, but still requires hand pruning.

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Multileader systems: Growing vs. grafting

January 31st, 2019|0 Comments

With multileader trees harder to find, more growers are turning to bench grafting for high-density plantings.

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Multileader trees leading the way in production

January 31st, 2019|0 Comments

Michigan State University researcher says high-density systems are where the money is.

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Eastern growers exploring an early start for blossom thinning

January 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Workshop at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention aims to introduce Eastern U.S. apple growers to new tools available for blossom thinning.

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Breeder is ready to grow Canadian program

January 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Amrit Singh began work at Summerland Research and Development Centre knowing he has ‘big shoes to fill.’

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Picking up the pace of picking apples

January 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Michigan Apple Committee funds study to find ways to make harvest more efficient.

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EverCrisp apple sales expanding to Texas

January 28th, 2019|0 Comments

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Sales of the MAIA-1 apple variety, developed by the Midwest Apple Improvement Association and marketed

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Biofungicide shows promise for cherry packers

January 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

First commercial use of natamycin in cherry packing last season reported successful.

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New York viticulturist, climatologist earn Excellence in IPM Awards

January 18th, 2019|0 Comments

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Alice Wise, viticulture and research specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, and Keith

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When using MCP, know your warehouse goals

January 17th, 2019|0 Comments

Timing of MCP treatment depends on the aim of postharvest management.

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Go with the flow for cold storage efficiency

January 17th, 2019|0 Comments

Considering airflow and efficient cold storage design helps protect fruit quality and lowers energy costs.

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Cosmic contribution to Clean Plant Center

January 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Using WA 38 graft wood fees, nursery institute donates funds for new growth chamber to Clean Plant Center Northwest.

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Peracetic acid shines in sanitizer study

January 15th, 2019|2 Comments

WSU researcher tinkers with sanitizers and best ways to use them.

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Ozone filling a void for fruit packers

January 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Organic storage and food safety needs drive renewed interest in ozone technology.

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Good to Know: Wash and learn

January 14th, 2019|0 Comments

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It’s a fact of life: If you’re storing, holding or packing produce, you have a

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Dininny: A+ effort on next apple defect guide

January 14th, 2019|1 Comment

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For years, Washington growers and packers have turned to a handy, 36-page guide to determine

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Dan Norman, a young grower from Sparta, Michigan

January 14th, 2019|0 Comments

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family background/ Dan is a first-generation tree fruit grower who wants to build on the

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Registration open for the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention

January 10th, 2019|0 Comments

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The 2019 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention will be held Jan. 29 to 31 at

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Warming up to Arctic apples

January 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Canadian developers of first GMO apple plan for expansion.

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Driver shortage could mean trouble down the road

January 10th, 2019|2 Comments

Agricultural trucking lobbyist updates apple industry on driver pool, legislative efforts.

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Women’s Farm to Food Business Competition now open

January 9th, 2019|0 Comments

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The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Foundation is offering a new business

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Clean Plant Center exports mostly on hold

January 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Exports of clean tree fruit budwood on hold while center cleans up paperwork processes.

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Click pruning techniques for Cosmic Crisp

January 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers travel to orchards across Washington to share tips for pruning WA 38.

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Financial partners offer growers growing opportunities

January 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Orchardists, packers seek capital from outside investors to modernize and expand.

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Investment advice for orchardists

January 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Investment leaders and economists offer tips to consider before you bring on orchard investors.

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Apple marketers like social media

January 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Facebook, YouTube and pop-up stores giving marketers new tools to introduce consumers to club apples.

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New tool helps growers budget for climate change

January 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

New web tool lets growers see projected climate impacts on their own farms to support long-term decision making.

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IFTA early registration extended to Jan. 7

December 31st, 2018|0 Comments

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You still have a few more days to get a deal on your registration for

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Michelle Cortens, a young grower from Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada

December 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/Michelle is the first generation in her family in agriculture. She grew up in

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Kurrle: 2019 brings challenges and opportunities

December 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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From agricultural labor to farm bill programs, regulations and trade agreements, the policies and decisions

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Carolina Torres named WSU’s first endowed chair in tree fruit postharvest systems

December 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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Carolina Torres has been named Washington State University’s first endowed chair in tree fruit postharvest

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India delays additional apple tariff, again

December 19th, 2018|0 Comments

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India has once again postponed implementing a retaliatory tariff on imported U.S. apples, this time

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Six smart tips for better spray management

December 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Improve spray coverage, reduce drift and protect the environment with a small investment of time and money.

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Chelan Fruit announces new interim CEO

December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

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The Chelan Fruit Cooperative board of directors announced CEO Reggie Collins will transition from his

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Picking a harvest platform: Roundup of manufacturers’ top picks

December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers have many choices as manufacturers invest heavily in harvest platforms.

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Prototype picker: Apple Vacuum System tested (VIDEO)

December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Apple Vacuum System mounted on a Bandit Xpress platform may look strange, but orchard managers seem pleased with performance.

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Grower yields profits with agritourism

December 13th, 2018|0 Comments

British Columbia orchard gambles on agritainment to preserve legacy for next generation.

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Congress passes $867 billion Farm Bill

December 12th, 2018|0 Comments

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Today Congress passed an $867 billion Farm Bill with strong bipartisan support. The House of

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Tariff relief: USDA apple and pear purchases underway

December 11th, 2018|0 Comments

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The federal government has made its first round of fresh apple purchases as part of