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Study reveals promise for expanding hard cider industry
November 12, 2014

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

apples-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – A new study by researchers at Washington State University shows that mechanical harvesting of cider apples can provide labor and cost savings without affecting fruit, juice or cider quality.

New website highlights fruit genome databases
June 9, 2014

WSUCherriesSmallPULLMAN, Wash. – A new educational and outreach website has launched to provide information to scientists, growers and industry about genome databases for citrus, tree fruit and berry crops.

WSU announces the name for its stellar new apple
May 21, 2014

By Kate Wilhite, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences 

Cosmic-crisp-200PULLMAN, Wash.— The newest Washington State University apple, designated WA 38, is one step closer to hitting supermarkets with announcement of its brand name, Cosmic Crisp.

New farm bill helps WSU support Washington agriculture
February 7, 2014

farm-bill-windmillPULLMAN, Wash. – Consistent, increased funding for Washington State University’s research on tree fruit, clean energy, vegetables and other specialty crops, as well as increased support for the National Clean Plant Network, are just several vital components of the farm bill signed by President Obama today that will strengthen WSU’s ability to support and stimulate the state’s food and wine industries.

Vincent Jones to direct tree fruit decision aid system
October 28, 2013

By Kate Wilhite, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences

Jones-V-80PULLMAN, Wash. — Vincent Jones, professor of entomology at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, has been named director of the tree fruit decision aid system (DAS).

Humans and robots team up for high-tech fruit harvest
August 28, 2013

fruit harvest concept


Conceptual human-machine interface for collaborative fruit identification. (Image by Manoj
Karkee and Mark De Kleine, WSU)

apple hand sensor

Sensors measure force and pressure during hand picking
of apple. (Photo by Long He, WSU)

PROSSER, Wash. – With a bumper crop of apples expected this season, many Washington tree fruit growers dream of a day when automated technology helps bring in the harvest. Manoj Karkee, assistant professor with the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems at Washington State University, believes that day will soon be here.

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Bumper apple crop anticipated; new variety emerging
August 26, 2013

WA 38 apple

By Anna King, NWPR



04-16-13 WSU News – Rock Doc: Bringing a tasty, new apple to stores everywhere 

05-11-13 WSU News – ‘WA 38’ a beauty: Licensee sought to commercialize new apple

Bio Katherine M. Evans, associate scientist/associate professor, WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center

WENATCHEE, Wash. – Northwest apple growers are expecting a bumper crop this year and harvest already is beginning on some farms. In addition, growers are excited about a new apple variety, called WA 38, that’s being developed in coordination with Washington State University’s … » More …

Tree fruit research updates, workshops planned at field day
July 8, 2013

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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