Fruits

Washington State University resources help grape growers combat extreme heat

Extreme heat, and too much water in response, affects a delicate balance in winegrape quality. Washington State University (WSU) researchers are studying the effects of heat, and developing an electronic, open-source cooling system to protect... more »

Blueberry imports from Latin America increase to meet year-round demand

U.S. demand for fresh blueberries reached an all-time high in 2019, and to meet this increased demand, both domestic and global production of fresh blueberries have trended upward. According to USDA ERS, U.S production for... more »

Ocean Spray rolls out recycling initiative

Ag co-op Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. recently launched a free recycling program that enables consumers to recycle Ocean Spray flexible plastic Craisins dried cranberries and snack packaging for alternative use. Through the partnership with innovative... more »

Fresh peaches and cherries: World markets and trade reported by USDA

According to a report from USDA's Foreign Agriculture  Service, world peach and nectarine production is forecast down 1.1 million metric tons to 21.0 million as adverse weather conditions impact output in top producers China and... more »

Compac details service to European customers during COVID-19

Compac, part of the TOMRA Food family, and its partners ICOEL and Sardas were confronted with unique challenges, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit just as they were preparing to ship and install three turnkey cherry... more »

New research may help revive New York’s fall berry industry

The farm is experiencing one of its best seasons to date, thanks to better management of fall infestations of spotted wing drosophila (SWD), part of a research collaboration with Greg Loeb, professor of entomology at Cornell AgriTech,... more »

Washington Apple Education Foundation launches scholarship resource website

The Washington Apple Education Foundation’s (WAEF) new scholarship resource website went live this week.  The site, located at www.scholarshipresources.org, was created to serve the scholarship information needs of college-bound students and their parents and school... more »

Detect and avoid nematode problems in your fruit planting

Plant-parasitic nematodes are microscopic round worms that live in the soil and feed on plant roots or foliage. Nematode feeding can cause a reduction in root volume and mass but above-ground symptoms such as stunting,... more »


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