WSU Studying Potential Control For Spotted-wing Drosophila

The old saying is “my enemy’s enemy is my friend”; and that could be very true for tree fruit growers across the Pacific Northwest, and the entire United States. Researchers at Washington State University recently confirmed the discovery of a parasitoid wasp, a natural enemy of the spotted-wing drosophila. Betsy Beers, with WSU’s Department of […]

Focus On Fruit for 01/13/22

Mark Powers, President of the Northwest Horticultural Council, talks about efforts to improve trade with Indonesia. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

WSDA Works To Keep Washington Ag Industry Safe, Disease Free

For a state so dependent on agricultural products and Ag trade, the number of people tasked with preventing the introduction of harmful pests and plant diseases may surprise you. The Washington state Department of Agriculture’s WSDA Plant Services Program consists of 11 inspectors statewide. Their responsibilities vary from export inspections for ag products like lumber, […]

ARS: Natural Products May improve Honeybee Health

USDA Agricultural Research Service researchers from the Bee Research Laboratory found some natural products’ medicinal properties reduced virus levels and improved gut health in honeybees. Among the study’s results, researchers found a significant reduction in virus levels in bees fed raw cacao and hesperidin, a plant chemical commonly found in citrus fruits and other fruits […]

Focus On Fruit for 11/18/21

Heather Ambuehl with Syngenta talks about options available to the tree fruit industry to help stave off losses while in storage. Listen to our original conversation about storage loss HERE. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

WSDA On The Lookout For Potentially Destructive Pest

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is asking the farming and non-farming community to keep an eye out for a potentially destructive pest. The Department said the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) may have been observed in the Omak region recently, but entomologists could not confirm that report. Spotted lanternfly (SLF), a native to Asia, attacks […]

Focus On Fruit for 10/28/21

What kind of issues do the tree fruit industry face after harvest? Syngenta’s Heather Ambuehl takes a look at some of the most pressing issues growers and packers need to watch out for once the fruit is off the tree.

WSDA Now Accepting Specialty Crop Block Grant Proposals

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant funds. The program, which uses a competitive process, is funded by the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and works to enhance the competitiveness of Washington’s specialty crops. Though the proposals are due in January, it is recommended to turn […]

Newhouse: LCD Research Must Be A Priority For USDA

Earlier this month Dan Newhouse, chair of the Western Caucus, and G.T. Thompson, the House Ag Committee Republican leader, wrote a letter to USDA regarding Little Cherry Disease and the damage being done to the industry. Newhouse said during a recent trip to central Washington, the lawmakers spoke with tree fruit leaders about what growers […]

NASS: Many NW Fruit Growers Expecting Larger Crops

According to NASS, fruit growers across the Northwest anticipate a larger crop this year. Based on August 1st conditions, Oregon apple production is forecast at 190 million pounds, up 9% from 2020. Washington apple production is forecast at 7.40 billion pounds, up 7% from last year’s production. Washington ranks number one in apple production nationally, […]