Category: Connections

The Sunburn Doctor Is In

Meet Larry Schrader, the sunburn doctor. You won’t be visiting him after your next trip to the beach, but he might pay a house call…

Pioneers of Integrated Pest Management

Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center entomologists pioneer environmentally friendly pest control If it has to do with managing insect pests to grow better tree…

Nothing Bugs Betsy Beers (Except Pests!)

There is never a once-and-for-all solution to tree-fruit pests. TFREC’s Betsy Beers, the entomologist hired to take Stan Hoyt’s place when he retired, says, “We…

Research Joins Industry to Lead Washington to Top of U.S. Fruit Industry

Organic orchadist Ray Fuller had a problem. Sunburn was damaging his apple crop, leaving much of it unpickable and much of what was picked unpackable.…

Seventy Years of Support and Partnership

The 70-year partnership between WSU and the state’s tree fruit industry includes hundreds of success stories like the orchard sunburn sensor. Growers and scientists working…

New Orchard Provides Great Lab for Fruit Researchers Statewide

When the Washington State Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center was founded 70 years ago, it literally was out in the middle of nowhere. Gradually,…

Searching the Genetic Landscape of Tree Fruit

“Apple breeding is like looking for a needle in a haystack,” says Bruce Barritt, the scientist who leads WSU’s apple breeding program. “We work with…

A Softer Approach: Organic Tree Fruit Industry Continues to Grow

For Ray Fuller, the decision in the mid-1980s to raise tree fruit organically was a personal choice. “I was looking at spending many years as…

But Is It Safe?

E. coli in spinach, contaminated wheat gluten in pet food, bird flu—these are just a few of the recent headlines that have consumers worried about…

A Rotten Problem

Post-harvest rot in stored apples and pears is a multi-million-dollar problem for Washington growers, but not all post-harvest problems start in the packing shed. Chiang-Lin…

Kernels

Short but sweet stories from CAHNRS and WSU Extension. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! In truth, we don’t have any tigers at WSU,…

From Whence Came: The Varieties of Fruit We Are Now Growing

F.L. Overley Horticulturist Emeritus Tree Fruit Experiment Station Someone has made this statement, “The apple, of all fruits, has a right to be proud of…

History and Development of Apple Production in Washington

Fred L. Overley Horticulturist Emeritus Tree Fruit Experiment Station Fruit growing in Washington is a big business. The annual value of all fruits grown exceeds…

LA Students to Design, Build Display Garden

Since they were built in 1951, thousands of students have passed through the trio of greenhouses situated on Wilson Road, just across the street from…