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FruitsClimatologist: Do Not Count On El Niño To End California Drought
August 25, 2015
 In a California Department of Food and Agriculture blog post, California state climatologist, Michael Anderson, urged growers to be mindful Read More
Apples & PearsUSApple Predicts 2015 Crop To Be Down 14%
August 24, 2015
The nation’s apple crop this year is expected to be down 14%, the U.S. Apple Association announced Friday at its Read More
CitrusUSDA To Pour $20 Million Into Frozen Orange Juice
August 20, 2015
Section 32 bonus purchase program money to help move mountain of surplus inventory. Read More
CitrusMaps Show Impending Impact From WOTUS
August 19, 2015
Plots indicate expansion of EPA’s reach across Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Montana. Read More
Apples & PearsWashington Fruit Industry Takes Hit From Wildfires
August 17, 2015
Chelan Fresh reports 150,000 burns bins burned, nearly half-million boxes of apples cooked. Read More
branches covered in ice
CitrusWicked Winter Coming This Way Says Latest Farmer’s Almanac
August 17, 2015
Super El Niño-influenced weather patterns align to paint a less-than-pretty portrait. Read More
BerriesScientist Has Sights On Shooting Down Spotted Wing Drosophila
August 14, 2015
Study helps flush out possible biological control for dreaded fruit pest. Read More
Michael Rogers testifies before congress about HLB
Insect & Disease UpdateCitrus Greening Fight Goes To Washington
August 13, 2015
New Citrus Research and Education director informs Congress of the dire threat presented by HLB. Read More
Apples & PearsThird Largest Washington Apple Crop Expected
August 11, 2015
The newly released Washington State fresh apple crop estimate, indicates the 2015-16 harvest will be 125.2 million cartons. This would Read More
Apples & PearsMother Nature’s Fury The Focus Of Annual Fruit Tour
August 11, 2015
  “(The trouble of) 2015 was to a large degree my fault. We had the nicest spring early on. There Read More
lettuce grown in the space station
Leafy VegetablesAstronauts Eat Lettuce Grown In Space
August 11, 2015
Expedition 44 crew members sample leafy greens grown on space station. Read More
UF/IFAS researchers studying strawberries for cold protection improvement
BerriesScientists Find Better Way To Save Strawberries From A Freeze
August 10, 2015
Automated irrigation control can keep water usage in check during cold protection practices. Read More
The Latest
FruitsA Breakthrough In Biotechnology And The Future Of The F…
August 28, 2015
Researchers from California and Sweden have recently been honored for a discovery that could have big implications for the fruit Read More
FruitsWhat Makes A Flavorful Fruit?
August 28, 2015
These days, U.S. consumers are increasingly demanding good-tasting fruit and the industry is responding. However, there remains room for improvement Read More
Golden Rice
CitrusAnti-GMO-Fueled Threats Force Reallocation Of Biotech E…
August 27, 2015
University of Florida officials say plans are to re-allocate a donation intended to improve the public’s understanding of science after Read More
ProductionNew Vegetable Grafting Technique Reduces Labor
August 27, 2015
Researchers patent a process to eliminate rootstock with the goal of making grafting more affordable in the U.S. Read More
CitrusMonsanto Drops Current Bid For Syngenta Acquisition
August 27, 2015
Even with a revised proposal that sweetened the pot to $46.2 billion, financial expectations still fall flat. Read More
Jim McFerson
Apples & PearsNew Director At Washington Fruit Research Center Has Fa…
August 27, 2015
Jim McFerson, former manager at the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, takes over at the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center. Read More
Apples & PearsIt’s Been A Tough Year For Pacific Northwest Grow…
August 27, 2015
So far, 2015 is not treating the Pacific Northwest tree fruit industry all that well. We knew the record apple Read More
Insect & Disease UpdateCalifornia’s Citrus Growers Face More Challenges Than H…
August 27, 2015
As a kid growing up we all remember the arrival of Barnum & Bailey’s circus. The ads, the posters, the Read More
Leafy VegetablesThe Latest Vegetable Varieties For Covered Production
August 27, 2015
Check out cucumber, pepper and tomato offerings available from DeRuiter, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Rijk Zwaan, and Syngenta. The greenhouse varieties are Read More
Leafy VegetablesIceberg Lettuce Prices Up In California’s Abnormal Weat…
August 26, 2015
Price may be up but the heat and humidity are diminishing quality. Read More
Postharvest HandlingTechnology Helping To Bring That “Fresh-Picked…
August 26, 2015
Imagine what it’s like to pick a fresh peach off of a tree in an orchard. The smell, the texture Read More
FruitsDo You Have #FarmFans? If Not, You Should
August 26, 2015
Your guests are already live tweeting their experiences of visiting your farm. Why not turn this into a social experience to promote your business? Read More
NutsAlmonds Contribute Little To Carbon Emissions
August 25, 2015
Compared to other nutrient-dense foods, the carbon footprint of almonds is small. Read More
NutsAlmond Board Continues Legacy Of Funding Important Rese…
August 25, 2015
A $2.5 million investment in third-party research aims to improve almond farming sustainability. Read More
Stone FruitSeminar Set For Florida Growers Seeking To Probe Furthe…
August 25, 2015
One-day event will feature an agenda focusing on varieties, crop protection, marketing, and more. Read More
Crop ProtectionOnline Help In Determining ID Of Small Parasitic Wasps
August 25, 2015
A web-based document helps users navigate to the correct genus or species of a wasp. Read More
FruitsTraining Session To Use Online Water Management Tool
August 25, 2015
Workshop to be held at the University of California will cover CropManage, an online tool that can be used to manage water in a variety of vegetable crops. Read More
HarvestingNorthwest Cherry Growers Release Preliminary Season Rep…
August 25, 2015
Northwest Cherry Growers (NWCG) report a preliminary shipped crop total of 20.52 million boxes. The record for June was 12.6 Read More