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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

Rayapati named assistant dean, director for WSU

Posted on May 22, 2018 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

WSU grape virologist Naidu Rayapati has been named an assistant dean at the university’s Tri-Cities campus and the director of the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser. His expertise is the study of virus diseases in a variety of crops, with emphasis on wine grapes. Read more.


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Setting Sticks

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

How often do you have a chance to see the grafting of apple trees in action? This article beautifully records step by step how it is done! Read more.

Photo: Andreana Gamache/Rooted

Meet WSU's new breeder

Posted on May 16, 2018 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Meet Per McCord, Washington State University's new cherry breeder and hear about the top 3 goals for his first year. Read more.

Western Washington nurseries changing along with consumer preferences

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Western Washington is one of the nation’s biggest producers of landscape and nursery plants, generating more than $365 million in annual sales for an industry producing everything from acaena to zinnias. Read more.