Apple scab fungus more resistant to pesticides

Apple growers in the eastern U.S. have a despised enemy known as apple scab — a disease caused by a fungus that forms ugly brown or greenish-black pockmarks on the fruit's skin. A scabby apple... more »

U.C. Davis study refutes EWG’s “Dirty Dozen”list

A recent study by the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California (UC) Davis challenges conclusions published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), creators of the “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits... more »

More evidence seen that deer spread Oregon E. coli

Health officials think they'll be able to prove deer droppings in a strawberry field caused an E. coli outbreak that killed one person and sickened 14 others. Ten percent of the samples taken from the... more »

Spotted Wing Drosophila catches are picking up

Widespread monitoring in commercial fruit farms across Michigan by Michigan State University research and Extension staff has so far detected spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) at only a small proportion of the hundreds of sites where... more »

National Blueberry Research and Promotion Program to continue

USDA announced that highbush blueberry producers and importers have voted to continue the Blueberry Promotion, Research and Information Order.USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service conducted the referendum from July 5 to July 26. Eighty-eight percent of eligible... more »

Growers and sellers protest broad E.coli warning

Local strawberry growers and sellers are seeing red over what they consider an overreaction to an E.coli outbreak traced to fresh strawberries picked at a farm in Newburg, Ore., last month.A press release put out... more »

Stink bug population continues to multiply

The brown marmorated stink bugs that took a $37 million bite out of the mid-Atlantic's apple crop last year have awakened from winter hibernation, mated and morphed into a possibly larger threat to farmers and... more »

Washington could see third-largest apple crop

Put a larger-than-normal asterisk after the number of boxes of apples growers are expected to harvest for fresh sale this fall. Yakima HeraldTo read more, click here. more »

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