Horticulturist and Washington State University alumna Carolina Torres will help Northwest tree fruit growers and packers bring their best produce to consumers more profitably and sustainably, as the university’s first Endowed Chair in Tree Fruit Postharvest Systems. Starting Feb. 1, 2019, at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, Torres was selected […]
To grow apples, we need bees. Apple growers depend on the humble honey bee to pollinate their crops, but there’s a delicate balance between hives, flowers and fruit. Bees fertilize apples by flying from flower to flower, feeding and distributing pollen. If bees don’t pollinate enough flowers, growers are left with a miniscule crop, but […]
WENATCHEE, Wash. – New apple varieties, a new fruit scientist, pest control and tree fruit research will highlight workshops and presentations during a free field day beginning at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Sunrise Research Orchard, located off highway 28 on Sunrise Lane about 11 miles south of Wenatchee.
WENATCHEE, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have found they can control one of fruit growers’ more severe pests, aphids, with a remarkably benign tool: flowers. The discovery is a boon for organic as well as conventional tree fruit growers.
Comprehensive Effort to Create Sustainable Fertilizers Phosphorus recycled from human and animal waste for plant fertilizer could ease demand for the dwindling, increasingly expensive rock-mined element. Scientists at WSU have found plants flourish with struvite, a waste ingredient composed of magnesium, nitrogen, and phosphorous. Teamed with Multiform Harvest, a Seattle phosphorous recovery company, the researchers […]
WENATCHEE, Wash. – Washington State University has released a new apple cultivar, “WA 38,” an eye-catching, large, dark red apple with a remarkably firm, crisp and juicy texture that also stores well. The apple has outstanding eating quality, exceptional flavor, ample sweetness and sufficient tartness to impart real character.