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Washington, Oregon potatoes running a little late

Posted on July 12, 2018 at 1:40 PM Comments comments ()

“So far, literally, it has been an absolutely perfect growing season,” said Chris Voigt, executive director of the Washington Potato Commission, Moses Lake. Read more.

Photo: WA Potato Commission

Where will all the raspberries go?

Posted on July 6, 2018 at 3:15 AM Comments comments ()

Raspberry farmers in Whatcom county are facing tough times. Read more.

Native bees, alfalfa seed farmers a N.W. love story

Posted on June 29, 2018 at 2:50 PM Comments comments ()

Native alkali bees are the perfect pollinators for Walla Walla alfalfa crops! Read more.

Photo: Doug Walsh/WSU

Forbidden fruit: apple maggot quarantine likely in valley

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

WSDA is taking public comment on the proposed quarantine through July 23 at wsdarulescomments@agr.wa.gov. 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.

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Plants that fight back: WSU researchers combat parasitic worm

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

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.

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Student's intellect, drive result in scholarships and grants

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

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.

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Wheat Breeding Not to Blame for Celiac Disease

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

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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Washington hops bring the flavor to booming craft beer industry

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

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 ()

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 ()

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