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Forbidden fruit: apple maggot quarantine likely in valley

Posted on June 22, 2018 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

WSDA is taking public comment on the proposed quarantine through July 23 at [email protected] There is a public hearing on July 19 at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ auditorium in Okanogan, plus one in Olympia and one in Yakima. Read more.

Photo Joseph Berger, Budgwood.org

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Plants that fight back: WSU researchers combat parasitic worm

Posted on June 20, 2018 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

WSU researchers are working on a new, nature-based way to fight back against a parasitic worm called the root-knot nematode, which causes significant losses to crops such grapes, onions, garlic and our $734 million potato industry. Read more.

Plant pathologist Cynthia Gleason w...

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Student's intellect, drive result in scholarships and grants

Posted on June 19, 2018 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Did you know that one of the tricks to making good wine is reducing the amount of water given to the vine at a certain time each year? WSU graduate student Xiaochi Ma's research is focused on finding the ideal grape quality for wine that’s also sustainable. Read more.

Photo: WSU

Wheat Breeding Not to Blame for Celiac Disease

Posted on June 15, 2018 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Did you know that the celiac-inducing factors in wheat are actually historical genetic remnants found in older “heirloom” types as well as modern varieties? For the 1% of us who suffer from celiac disease, new gene editing techniques will make celiac-safe wheat possible in the near future. Read more.

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Apple, pear growers fight fire blight outbreak

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This is the third year of “multiple severe fire blight infection periods during bloom,” according to WSU Tree Fruit. Read more.

Washington hops bring the flavor to booming craft beer industry

Posted on June 11, 2018 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Washington hop acreage has grown 42 percent over the past five years, with 38,438 acres harvested in 2017, according to Hop Growers of America. Read more.

Photo: Kathy Plonka/Spokesman Review

Elizabeth Bourcier, a young grower from Walla Walla, Washington

Posted on June 1, 2018 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A great profile of one of our growers in Walla Walla! Read more.

Northwest growers anticipate solid cherry season

Posted on May 29, 2018 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The first industry estimate of Northwest cherries — released in early May — puts the crop at 22.6 million 20-pound cartons, down double digits from a year ago, but it looks like the cherries will be bigger this season! Read more.

Photo Courtesy Domex Superfresh Growers

Small trees, big cherries?

Posted on May 25, 2018 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Limited release of MSU’s dwarfing rootstocks gives growers a chance to experiment. Read more.

Promoting native plants in vineyards

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Tests are underway to see how native plants may help control pests in vineyards by attracting beneficial insects. Read more.

Photo: Kate Prengaman/Good Fruit Grower