Fruits

Consider Gibberellin use for fruit set on blueberries

Gibberellin acid (GA) is naturally produced by blueberry seeds. In well-pollinated berries, Gibberellin is abundant and promotes normal berry growth. Without pollination and seed production, berries abort or do not size fully. When bee activity... more »

Cherry trees destroyed at former pro football player’s California orchard

After 2,000 cherry trees on Former San Francsico 49er Jeremy Newberry’s Brentwood, California, farm were destroyed early last week – an estimated $25,000 loss – Newberry is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to... more »

California Giant expands fresh blueberry acres in Oregon

Fields of blueberries grown for the California Giant label will increase significantly in 2019 largely due to partnerships with Oregon growers, according to a release from the company. California Giant said its summer volume from... more »

Spotted wing drosophila active in North Carolina blueberries

The first confirmed adult spotted-wing drosophila (SWD) in commercially grown blueberries for the 2019 growing season was captured early this week in North Carolina. While trap captures at this location were low, roughly three flies... more »

National Clean Plant Network berry board seeks virologist replacement

Representatives for the National Clean Plant Network Tier II Blueberries Executive Board have sought quick action for the replacement of retiring Robert Martin, USDA ARS Grape Virologist. Board Chairman Nate Nourse of South Deefield, Massachusetts,... more »

Washington State Wine puts $1M toward research projects

The Washington state wine industry has earmarked over $1 million for research in the coming fiscal year June 2020. More than $1,034,000 will fund 21 research projects, covering a diverse range of vineyard and winery... more »

$30K for school salad bars given by Bayer

Bayer has pledged $30,000 for salad bars at four schools in the Rosedale Union School District in California to the United Fresh Start Foundation. The United Fresh Start Foundation has a mission to provide students... more »

Northern Virginia’s first cidery to open in Alexandria, source local apples

Virginia’s Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, the Honorable Bettina K. Ring, announced May 12 that Lost Boy Cider, a soon-to-open Alexandria business, will receive an Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) program grant. The announcement,... more »


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