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Phytoplasmas found in stone fruit

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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Washington cherry growers, by now, know the dangers of phytoplasmas that cause little cherry disease

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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.

  • Roland Markgraf

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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Digging into soil bacteria and chlorosis

February 14th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU researcher searches for ways to use the connection between soil microbiology and Concord vine health.

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A galling problem for grape growers

February 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Crown gall survey uncovers clean plant confusion, shortages in Washington vineyards.

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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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Grafter provides cutting edge in the vineyard

February 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Field grafting grows in popularity among Washington wine grape growers, though the caution to test for viruses remains.

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Scaling sustainability in the vineyard

February 7th, 2019|0 Comments

Washington Winegrowers Association looks at the big picture in Vinewise program relaunch.

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Wine research grant to fund sustainability study

February 7th, 2019|0 Comments

$300,000 wine grape study aims to better understand consumer interest in sustainability.

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High prices mean hard choices over steel

February 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Growers and manufacturers feel the effects of U.S. tariffs on steel imports.

  • Julia Kock at Klipsun Vineyard

Extra cuticle cuts water demand in the vineyard

February 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Researcher targeting spotted wing drosophila finds coating good for water-saving application.

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Nonpesticidal controls for SWD

February 5th, 2019|0 Comments

OSU researcher shares two new products showing promise in fighting spotted wing drosophila.

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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.

  • Kate Evans and the WSU breeding program

The small print has a big impact in new Farm Bill

February 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Unexpected language change in Farm Bill adds protections for intellectual property of new varieties.

  • Nereyida Ponce, a young grower from Prosser

Nereyida Ponce, a young grower from Prosser, Washington

January 31st, 2019|0 Comments

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family background/Nereyida grew up on her family’s farm growing Concord grapes. She is pursuing her

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Register now for WSU/OSU Cherry Fruit School, March 12-13

January 31st, 2019|0 Comments

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Sweet cherry growers can learn about the latest research and technology at the upcoming Cherry

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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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Scharlau: Staying ahead of the issues

January 31st, 2019|0 Comments

A look at some of the rules and regulations that will impact vintners and growers this year.

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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.

  • Pear packing and sorting

Advances in automation pump up pear packers

January 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Packing line improvements point to progress on pesky pear packing problems.

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A pick of packing house highlights

January 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Packing house highlights: Kershaw innovates old-school style, Washington Fruit stacks with robots and Columbia Fruit finds new vision with improved tunnel.

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Grape growers feeling the stress of berry splits

January 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

Washington State University researcher studies the details of why grapes split.

  • Post-harvest fungicide testing

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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High praise for growing under high tunnels

January 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

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High tunnels are a great way to get more out of sweet cherries, including larger

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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.

  • Clean Plant Center Northwest

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.

  • Cleaning and sanitation workshop

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

  • Apple disorders

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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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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Pear industry pitches American-grown canned fruit

January 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Buyers urged to buy American because "Kids CAN taste the difference" between U.S. pears and imports

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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.

  • Outside farm investment

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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Washington State Grape Society awards

January 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

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Grape Society President Bill Riley presented the organization’s annual awards at the Washington State Grape

  • Julia Kock at Klipsun Vineyard

Higher prices for juice grape growers in 2018

January 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

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Things are looking up for Washington’s Concord grape growers, though there may be fewer of

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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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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

  • Grapevine leafroll disease (Photo courtesy of Hemantkumar Gohil)

Virus cloning may lead to leafroll control

December 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Cloning a destructive grapevine virus will help researchers understand it and, potentially, learn how to stop it.