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Warm, dry weather pushes strawberry season
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Warm, dry weather pushes strawberry season
California strawberry production is off to a fast start in 2015 because of warm afternoons and a lack of rainfall in the state's prime growing regions. The peak season is arriving about a month earlier than usual.

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U.S. honey production up in 2014, but colony losses continue
U.S. honey production up in 2014, but colony losses continue
Good conditions boosted U.S. honey production in 2014, but beekeepers are still experiencing high colony losses.
Northwest hop acreage continues to grow
Northwest hop acreage continues to grow
The March 1 inventory of hops is slightly down but acreage is expected to keep growing this year as the craft brewing industry drives demand.
Sea-aged wine worries federal agency
The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau issued an advisory saying water pressure could cause contaminants to seep into the bottles.
UCLA study suggests walnuts can improve cognitive ability
UCLA study suggests walnuts can improve cognitive ability
New research from the University of California-Los Angeles suggests that a daily diet of walnuts can improve cognitive function in adults of all ages.
Canadian government approves GM apples
Two Canadian agencies have approved genetically modified apples that were developed in British Columbia. They have also been approved in the U.S.
Electric ATV plays many roles, including robotic farm dog
Electric ATV plays many roles, including robotic farm dog
The developer of an electric ATV designed for vineyards and orchards use calls it a classic Oregon story. "We're pioneers," she says. "We're early adopters."
Serving replant disease a meal of mustard
Serving replant disease a meal of mustard
A research scientist says feeding orchard soil white and yellow mustard seed meal may be better than fumigation in fighting replant disease.
FDA approves genetically modified potatoes, apples as safe
The approval covers six varieties of potatoes by Boise, Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. and two varieties of apples from the Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.
Napa winemaker was unraveling before he shot investor, self
Napa winemaker was unraveling before he shot investor, self
Robert Dahl, 47, killed his biggest investor and then killed himself, leaving behind his wife, three children and two decades worth of failed projects, broken friendships and numerous accusations of financial impropriety in Northern California and...
At 80 years and counting, still too many Reds
At 80 years and counting, still too many Reds
The Washington apple industry icon, the Red Delicious, has been tops for 80 years and is still revered overseas. But oversupply and low prices this season may spell its demise.