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Beating the labor blues

Posted on May 8, 2018 at 1:15 PM Comments comments ()

Optical sorters are cutting labor costs for blueberry packing. Read more.

Photo: TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower

Potato power: Student wins $250,000 prize for blight solution that could save billions

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 1:10 PM Comments comments ()

A computer model that can predict where potato late blight will strike next won a young scientist a big prize this week. Potato late blight, which can destroy fields in days, and was central to the Irish Potato Famine, is still a big concern for potato growers today. Read more.

On a mission to vanquish viruses in vineyards

Posted on February 27, 2018 at 12:45 PM Comments comments ()

WSU plant pathologist Naidu Rayapati's research is helping our growing wine industry ward off pervasive grapevine viruses. Read more.

Photo: TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower

New labeling law may not increase GMO understanding.

Posted on July 19, 2016 at 3:20 AM Comments comments ()

The new GMO labels may not do much to clear up myths about biotechnology. Read more.

WSU researchers seek ways to use water efficiently

Posted on April 29, 2016 at 1:35 PM Comments comments ()

Exploring ways to deliver water efficiently makes sense for crops in Columbia Basin. Read more.

The Buzz Over Mechanical Pollination

Posted on March 30, 2016 at 8:05 PM Comments comments ()

Can machines step in to help pollination when nature is having difficulty? A WSU reseacher wants to find out. Read more.

AgWeatherNet improves growers predictions of problems

Posted on February 20, 2016 at 1:55 PM Comments comments ()

AgWeatherNet is being improved so Washington fruit growers can better predict the arrival of insects and disease in their individual orchards. Read more.

Precise delivery of pesticides prevents waste

Posted on February 19, 2016 at 12:25 PM Comments comments ()

Laser-guided spray equipment makes pesticide use more efficient. Read more.

New Technologies Will Change Agriculture

Posted on February 11, 2016 at 2:30 PM Comments comments ()

Applying new technologies to farming, often referred to as precision agriculture or agtech, will help farmers produce more crops with more efficient use of land, water and fertilizer. Read more.

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We can end starvation in Africa

Posted on January 26, 2016 at 2:40 PM Comments comments ()

Small farmers in Africa see digital technology and gene editing as solution to higher yields in their two-acre farms. Listen to the interview.