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Organic community honors David Granatstein

June 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Retired sustainable agriculture specialist recognized for 30-year career at WSU.

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Defining organics

June 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Northwest tree fruit industry speaks up when Seattle hosts the National Organic Standards Board.

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Got gibberellins?

June 19th, 2019|0 Comments

For fruit size and firmness benefits, GA3 is a good choice for cherry growers.

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Wine grapes show a spectrum of stress

June 18th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU researcher paints nuanced picture of how wine grape varieties respond to water deficits.

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Setting the course for future varieties – Video

June 13th, 2019|0 Comments

The stewards of Honeycrisp and Cosmic Crisp discuss how these varieties came to be and how the programs were shaped by their discoveries.

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New niche varieties spreading juicy rumors

June 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Can new apricot varieties spark renewed interest from consumers and growers?

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Try renewal pruning to delay replanting grapevines

June 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers determine ways to extend the life of declining Merlot vines.

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Michigan Tree Fruit Commission renews MSU infrastructure funding

June 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Michigan tree fruit growers vote again to put their own money toward the infrastructure at Michigan State University’s research orchards.

  • Washington State University, Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC)

The land grant mission

June 6th, 2019|0 Comments

As funding for higher education increasingly dries up, universities seek new ways to keep permanent crops growing and thriving.

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Seneca closing pear processing plant

June 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Closure leaves Northwest with only two pear processing facilities.

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Good to Know: The disruption eruption

June 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission funding codling moth mating disruption for 30 years.

  • Erika Espinoza, a young grower from Tieton

Erika Espinoza, a young grower from Tieton, Washington

June 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

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family background / Erika grew up in Washington’s Yakima Valley and was trained in business

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Crossing paths to sweet success

May 30th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU cherry breeder has plans for improving program.

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Winter cherry modeling is coming

May 29th, 2019|1 Comment

OSU researcher builds cherry bud cold hardiness model for AgWeatherNet.

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Cherry marketers testing foreign waters

May 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Northwest Cherries experiments with developing markets in three Southeast Asian nations.

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Sugar stall caused by grapevine red blotch virus

May 27th, 2019|0 Comments

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In the 10 years since grapevine red blotch virus was first detected in the Napa

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Taking apples in a new direction

May 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

Growers turn bi-ax tree system sideways for WA 38 plantings.

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The margins of mechanization

May 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Oregon State University economist assesses the costs and benefits of mechanizing vineyard tasks.

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Don’t fight the physiology

May 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Cherry Fruit School session focuses on how cherry systems can more efficiently harness the trees’ natural growing habits for peak performance.

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Making orchards less hospitable for SWD

May 21st, 2019|1 Comment

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With a prune here and a mow there, Michigan tart cherry growers may be able

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Big response for little cherry disease

May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Pacific Northwest industry aims to tackle little cherry disease.

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Canines trained to sniff out diseases

May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Dog detection teams have shown success in citrus and other fruit, now researchers will study if they can help find little cherry disease.

  • Erin Carlson, a young grower from Summerland

Erin Carlson, a young grower from Summerland, British Columbia

May 15th, 2019|1 Comment

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family background/ Erin received her agriculture degree in organics at the University of Guelph in

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Mission ahead for Washington researchers

May 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission celebrating 50 years driving industry innovation.

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Healthy strategies for smokey skies

May 14th, 2019|1 Comment

Keep your workers safe when pollution threatens.

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Thurlby: Another season of hope is upon us

May 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Northwest Cherries President B.J. Thurlby looks ahead at another season of hope, with a solid plan in place.

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Good to Know: 2019 Pacific Northwest cherry research funding

May 13th, 2019|0 Comments

More than $930,000 provided for 20 different research projects.

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Reducing the risk of listeria: Video

May 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Food safety experts share strategies for monitoring and responding to ‘L. mono.’

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Lessons learned from leafy greens

May 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Last year’s E. coli outbreaks in romaine lettuce illustrate the challenges for food safety programs.

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Working holidays a lifestyle for some ag workers

May 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Traveling, camping workers pitch in for British Columbia’s busy tree fruit season.

  • Washington State University, Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC)

Recruiting researchers requires patience

May 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Even with an endowment, finding the right experts is a long process.

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Small growers find a new way to H-2A

May 7th, 2019|0 Comments

Joint contracts help some wine grape growers share the cost and the crew.

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Communication key to managing workplace complaints

May 6th, 2019|0 Comments

How grievance policies make for better workers and businesses.

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Easing restrictions for farmworker housing

May 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Federal ag housing loans now open to H-2A employers.

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A gift of genetic diversity

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

University of Idaho turns donated Sandpoint orchard, retreat facility into organic educational center.

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On the road to tech

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Research commission says new technology roadmap will spur innovation and guide investment.

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Rogue economics in the vineyard: Video

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Is it a financially viable option to rogue infected vines?

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DIY science in the orchard

April 30th, 2019|0 Comments

Extension educator shares tips for managing on-farm experiments.

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Willett: A long history of scraping by

April 30th, 2019|2 Comments

Fire blight and the dawn of the Cooperative Extension System.

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Packaging options for Cosmic Crisp

April 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Universal packaging design will ensure consistent branding across the industry.

  • Michael Mitterer, a young grower from Kastelbell, Italy

Michael Mitterer, a young grower from Kastelbell, South Tyrol, Italy

April 28th, 2019|0 Comments

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family background / Michael grew up working at his family farm in the Alps in

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Follow a map to find your soil needs

April 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Mapping soils to fertilize with variable rates has advantages.

  • 2019 Cosmic Crisp apple marketing materials for grocery store displays. (Courtesy Proprietary Variety Management, PVM)

Grading on a Cosmic scale

April 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Industry committee sets grade standards for new WSU-bred apple variety slated for commercial release this year.

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Picking among the best new cherry roots

April 25th, 2019|0 Comments

New rootstock options could meet the needs of Northwest cherry growers.

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Blue Bird plans to rebuild after fire

April 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Central Washington fruit packer Blue Bird to replace warehouse destroyed in early March fire.

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Cornell roots for Geneva rootstocks

April 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

During IFTA annual meeting, researchers urge local growers to give N.Y.-bred Geneva roots a try before settling for Bud.9.

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Deciphering designer rootstocks

April 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

More options mean more complex planting decisions.

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Mulch-in cherries

April 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers study benefits of applying mulch to mature Oregon cherry orchard.

  • 2019 Washington Winegrowers Association

Crafting rosé with intention

April 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Pink wine creates new market, new approach to fruit quality.

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Calling out the codes in the trees

April 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Genetic research explores the underpinning of tree architecture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Appalachian Fruit Research Station.