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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 rootstock

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.

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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.

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A window to the roots

April 17th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU scientist using rhizotrons, or root windows, to study the growth of trees underground.

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Merlot up again after the ‘Sideways Effect’

April 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Merlot back on the rise, 15 years after movie slam.

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Not your usual graft

April 16th, 2019|0 Comments

New York grower experiments with beaver grafts, shares technique during IFTA tour.

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Kevin Kenoyer, a young grower from Cashmere, Washington

April 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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family background/Kevin is a fourth-generation grower who grew up in the Wenatchee River Valley. He

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Van den Ende: What are the problems with branches?

April 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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While there are many issues facing orchardists today, producing fruit of high quality at a

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A better start for nursery trees

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Research indicates container-grown nursery trees could be a better option.

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Grants promote pollinator habitat

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Program aims to improve habitat for native pollinators and beneficial insects.

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Irrigating grapes: water less, water early

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU viticulturist shares irrigation tips for juice and wine grapes.

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A Cosmic collective of ideas and insights

April 10th, 2019|0 Comments

In preparing for first commercial harvest, growers share tips they’ve learned growing WA 38 trees.

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Growers try fighting vigor with water

April 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Control over irrigation offers Washington growers more ways to manage vigor.

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How to get water right in the orchard

April 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Researcher provides tools and tips for better irrigation management.

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Johnson: The other side of the rainbow

April 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Good Fruit Grower's Jared Johnson explains how we handled this issue’s cover shot, which was just too big to fit.

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Project examines rootstock’s role in bitter pit

April 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Using rootstocks to manage bitter pit in Honeycrisp is one piece of a major research project known as Root2Fruit.

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Water wins for Eastern Washington

April 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Congress approves Western water plans, boosts Bureau of Reclamation budget.

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Growers, researchers earn IFTA awards

April 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Annual awards from the International Fruit Tree Association recognize industry leaders.

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New York growers moving toward the money

April 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Processing is still prevalent, but growers are adopting newer varieties, technologies and techniques to shift a bigger percentage of their fruit to the more lucrative fresh market.

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Washington researchers get a look at European innovations

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Research commission tour finds some exciting ideas but no major advances on technology tour in Germany and the Netherlands.

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Using sensors to test vineyard stress

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Measuring vine stress with stem pressure tests is time-consuming, but a new approach using soil tension could provide wine grape growers a wealth of valuable data.

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Dustin Tobin, a young grower from Grandview, Washington

April 1st, 2019|0 Comments

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family background/Dustin grew up working with his family at Dave Tobin Farms and studied viticulture

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Zhou & Melgar: Where do nutrients go when you fertilize trees?

April 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers explore how ripening season affects peach tree nutrient requirements.

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Sallato: Calcium deficiencies in fruit

April 1st, 2019|0 Comments

WSU extension specialist explains how plant nutrition affects your orchard, production and fruit quality.

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Punjabi growers help advance British Columbia’s tree fruit industry

March 28th, 2019|1 Comment

Hardworking heritage and willingness to invest are keys to success for some families.

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Protecting fruit from cold with spray-on jackets

March 27th, 2019|2 Comments

WSU researchers trying to insulate fruit trees with cellulose nanocrystals.

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Washington Winegrowers bestows annual awards

March 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Washington wine industry leaders honored.

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Lessons in supply and demand for wine grape growers

March 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Wine broker describes transition period from shortage to excess.

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Headwinds approaching Washington wine industry

March 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Analysts concur: Wine grape growers will need to be innovative in today’s rapidly evolving market.

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Canopy camera in your pocket: Video

March 26th, 2019|0 Comments

Smartphone photos, coupled with a computer program that analyzes orchard canopies, could help growers count their crops before harvest.

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Management of grapevine trunk diseases varies by region

March 26th, 2019|0 Comments

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Wood rot pathogens pose a serious threat to vineyards worldwide, but grapevine trunk diseases are

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New technology explores pollination automation

March 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Israeli tech company working to develop automated pollination.

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Researchers look to fungi to help keep honeybees healthy

March 21st, 2019|1 Comment

New research explores two very different fungi that could knock out the varroa mite and boost bees' immunity.

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Orchardists testing bee-attractant paste

March 21st, 2019|1 Comment

Yakima, Washington, start-up markets potent lure to boost pollination.

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Researcher spins off pollen suspension

March 19th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU researcher licenses pollen suspension while continuing electrostatic research.

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Pollination calculation: Every bee counts

March 19th, 2019|0 Comments

Online tool helps growers assess how much pollination they get from wild bees.

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Record 2018 blueberry crop plants Oregon in No. 1 spot

March 19th, 2019|0 Comments

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In a surprise comeback, Oregon regained the top spot among the nation’s blueberry producers in

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Auvil: WA 38 management tips

March 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Tom Auvil on some things to consider as the Cosmic Crisp brand approaches its first commercial harvest.

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Moth myth explained

March 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Traps say oriental fruit moth isn’t there, but better lure placement proves otherwise in Michigan peach orchards.

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Boring into study of beetles and rapid apple decline

March 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Link between black stem borer and collapse of young dwarf apple trees draws scrutiny from researcher.

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Raising a stink for BMSB research

March 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Raising colonies of brown marmorated stink bugs helps researchers identify more IPM-friendly tools for management.

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Native natural enemies

March 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers looking at native cousins of the Asian parasitoid wasp that targets brown marmorated stink bug.

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Harrison Van Meekeren, a young grower from Lakeville, Nova Scotia

March 14th, 2019|0 Comments

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family background / Harrison grew up in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia and is

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SWD resistance a red flag for organic growers

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

The only organic insecticide for spotted wing drosophila is losing efficacy as the pest gains resistance in berry production region of California.

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Hyperparasites: enemies of enemies of enemies

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Hyperparasitic behavior among the findings of OSU trechnites study.

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Genetic control for spotted wing drosophila

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

University of California, San Diego researchers exploring ways to use genetics to control spotted wing drosophila.

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Spotted lanternfly a new grape threat

March 7th, 2019|0 Comments

Swarms of feeding spotted lanternfly can kill a vineyard. Will the Pennsylvania quarantine be able to keep them from spreading?