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$1.5M for specialty crop research to improve fruits, vegetables, farming

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences

usda looPULLMAN, Wash. – Seven research teams at Washington State University will enhance the competitiveness of Pacific Northwest crops by fighting devastating diseases and advancing sustainable agriculture, thanks to more than $1.5 million in Specialty Crop Block Grant funds from the Washington state and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture. » More …

Sept. 9: Community apple pressing, cider making to reveal urban bounty

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences

WA 2 will be marketed as Sunrise Magic. Photo by Kate Evans, WSU
WA 2, Sunrise Magic

SEATTLE, Wash. – Fruit trees abound in Seattle and its surrounding metro areas — and that’s a sweet opportunity for its community members. Plucking ripe apples straight from your city block means crisp cider at your table.
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U-pick apples ready this weekend at WSU orchard

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

tukey-applesPULLMAN, Wash. – The season’s first U-pick apple sale at the Washington State University Tukey Orchard will be noon-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. » More …

WSU aims to inform consumers amid hard cider boom

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Cider-applesSEATTLE – It’s not surprising that craft cider is taking root in a region of wine and craft beer enthusiasts. Washington is the second largest wine producer and has the second highest number of craft breweries in the country. » More …

WSU researchers, sleuth resurrect ‘lost’ apples of the Palouse

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University have teamed with an amateur apple detective to bring fruit varieties thought extinct back to life. » More …

An apple a day could keep obesity away

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Noratto-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Scientists at Washington State University have concluded that nondigestible compounds in apples – specifically, Granny Smith apples – may help prevent disorders associated with obesity. The study, thought to be the first to assess these compounds in apple cultivars grown in the Pacific Northwest, appears in October’s print edition of the journal Food Chemistry. » More …

Tree fruit research updates, workshops planned at field day

orchard field dayWENATCHEE, 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.

The fifth annual field day, hosted by Washington State University, will include:

* research on development of a solid set canopy delivery system (an efficient, in-place way to deliver nutrients and pesticides)

* a new planting of the new WSU apple, WA 38

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Schools commend field day hosted by research orchard

WSU is helping the Wenatchee School District teach students a variety of interwoven disciplines in their own back yard — or orchard. A four-week apple curriculum, based on a national curriculum, incorporates physical science, social studies and even art and music. It culminates in a two-day field experience, Awesome Apple Adventures, that brings nearly 700 second graders to the orchards of the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center. Last month, 50 volunteers set up learning stations in the TFREC orchards, and for two days the students learned through hands-on experience about planting, grafting, pruning, irrigation, pests and pest control, picking, packing and marketing.They are … » More …