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Drought shrinks 2015 almond crop by 3 percent, industry says
Drought shrinks 2015 almond crop by 3 percent, industry says
Drought-related stress on trees will likely lead to a slightly smaller almond crop in California this year, industry officials have predicted. The crop estimate comes after last year's crop came in smaller than expected.

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S. Oregon pear growers take steps to keep fruit cool
Sunblock made from micronized calcium carbonate doesn’t work for all varieties, but it can minimize sunburn and heat stress for two of Jackson County’s mainstay commercial crops, Red Anjous and Comice.
Wenatchee wildfire losses reach $100 million
Wenatchee wildfire losses reach $100 million
Winds pushed a grass fire into the north end of Wenatchee, Wash., late Sunday, June 28, burning more than two dozen homes and several tree fruit businesses and causing the evacuation of hundreds of residences.
Wildfire ravages parts of Wenatchee
Wildfire ravages parts of Wenatchee
Winds accelerated a grass fire into the north end of Wenatchee, Wash., late Sunday, June 28, burning more than a dozen homes and several tree fruit industry-related businesses and causing the evacuation of hundreds of residences.
Almond board deflects criticism, sets $2.5 million for research
Almond board deflects criticism, sets $2.5 million for research
The Almond Board of California announced $2.5 million in research into water efficiency, honeybee health and best practices for the coming fiscal year as the industry faces criticism from environmentalists.
Smaller U.S. apple crop foreseen
A slightly smaller U.S. apple crop in 2015 should help wholesale apple prices and grower returns improve. Heat damage is a growing concern for the Washington crop.
Tart cherry production drops
Tart cherries are fewer to be be found this year mainly due to a late May freeze in Michigan.
Warm temperatures a boon for stink bugs
Warm temperatures a boon for stink bugs
Marmorated stink bugs pose threat to vineyards and orchards in the Northwest.
Washington confines gypsy moth search to westside
Washington confines gypsy moth search to westside
Washington State Department of Agriculture's summer search for gypsy moths will be confined to west of the Cascades.
Northwest cherry growers report lighter crop
Northwest cherry growers report lighter crop
Rain, heat, drought and lack of labor has nibbled at the Pacific Northwest cherry crop, reducing it 10 to 20 percent. Demand is good heading into Fourth of July sales.
SWD pressure mounts in Willamette Valley
SWD pressure mounts in Willamette Valley
Spotted wing drosophila pressure worse this year in Willamette Valley.