Pacific Northwest

Apple harvests ripe for automated help

Meet the Cyclone, a system of vacuum tubes that takes apples from human pickers, gently filling bins as it propels itself through the orchard. The Cyclone is the fruit, so to speak, of a partnership... more »

Foliar calcium curbs blueberry green fruit drop

Green fruit drop in blueberries, also called Draper drop, isn’t only an issue with the blueberry variety Draper. “Green fruit drop is a genetic trait. It’s going... more »

ESL, citizenship prep funds available from tree fruit industry

The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) provides grants to organizations in central Washington that provide adult education assistance to families employed in the tree fruit industry.  Organizations, including community groups, religious institutions and public and... more »

WSU again tops USDA research, development list

Washington State University ranked No. 1 for the second year in a row in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research and development expenditures. In the 2017 federal fiscal year, the latest period for which complete figures are available, WSU researchers spent $50.9 million of the USDA research and... more »

Giddings Fruit works with growers during cherry season

Giddings Fruit USA, based in The Dalles, Oregon, and part of the Giddings Fruit Holding company that operates in Chile, Mexico, and Peru, is part of the Pacific Northwest cherry deal. Giddings Fruit USA specializes... more »

Sterile insect releases by drone could target pest control

Researchers in Washington state and Michigan are releasing sterile codling moths by drone as a new technique for keeping “worms” out of apples. Sterile insect releases have for some time been used as an effort... more »

WSU Cherry Fruit School shares better ideas from bud to bucket

Sharing research updates and recommended production practices with Northwest cherry growers is the aim of the 2019 Cherry Fruit School, hosted by extension specialists from Washington State University (WSU) Tree Fruit Extension and Oregon State... more »

Rainier Fruit continues ‘Pears for Pairs’ charity effort

Thanks to the support of Rainier Fruit and hungry pear shoppers, Harris Teeter, Wegmans and Lunds & Byerlys recently made a big difference in their local communities with... more »


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