Fruit

Agriculture
4:07 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Washington's Third-Largest Cherry Crop Queued-Up This Season

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Northwest sweet cherry growers say this season they'll likely pick their third-largest haul ever -- 20 million boxes.

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Agriculture
5:17 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Tired Of Your Old Apple? A New Variety Is On The Horizon

Washington State University. The new Washington State University apple WA-38 is one consumers can’t get their hands on just yet.

Northwest apple growers are expecting a bumper crop this year and harvest is already beginning on some farms.

But growers are excited over an apple variety you can’t even get in stores yet.

Washington’s crop this year is going to be the second largest on record – at 4.8-billion pounds. Only last year's crop was larger.

Northwest apple expert Rebecca Lyons attributes that recent growth to newer much-denser plantings. But more and more farmers are turning toward premium, newer varieties to earn profits.

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Agriculture
4:52 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

First Invasive Bug Sighting Can Cause More Than Stink

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Susan Ellis APHIS, USDA

An unwelcome stowaway from the East Coast showed up in a Nampa home last month.  A brown marmorated stink bug likely hitched a ride in furniture or packing materials to Idaho.  This is the first time this pest has been found in Idaho.

This stink bug originated in Asia and popped up in mid-Atlantic states in the 1990s.  They have already caused major damage outside of Idaho to fruits and vegetables, especially apples, peaches, and pears. 

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Education
5:47 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Idaho Schools Get Grant To Provide Healthy Snacks

Dragon fruit was of the new things Van Buren students got to try last time they had an afternoon snack.
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More than 100 Idaho schools have been selected to receive a federal grant to give kids more fresh fruits and vegetables. The grants are meant to provide healthy snacks outside of the school lunch and breakfast program.

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