Test your postharvest savvy
1 Which of the following is not a tree fruit disease?
a. Black rot
b. Blue mold
c. White rot
d. Pink rot
e. Coral rot
f. Gray mold
2 Which of the following is not a fungicide?
3 Which of the following peach varieties are resistant to bacterial spot?
b. Ryan Sun
4 Which postharvest disease of apples and pears was discovered in Wenatchee, Washington?
a. Sphaeropsis rot
b. Rhizopus rot
c. Cladosporium rot
d. Alternaria rot
5 Which of the following factors does not aggravate soft scald in Honeycrisp?
a. Advanced fruit maturity
b. Small fruit
c. Vigorous trees
d Light crops
e. Fruit mineral content
6 Which of the following is true?
a. A disorder is caused by fungi.
b. A disorder is caused by bacteria.
c. A disorder is not caused by a pathogen.
d. A disorder is caused by a virus.
How did you do?
Q1: d. Washington is known for its superb Riesling wines, but the leading variety in acreage is Cabernet Sauvignon. An estimated 10,300 acres were planted in 2011, according to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture survey. Riesling was the third most popular variety by then, with 6,320 acres. (“Grape acreage continues to grow,” October, 2011)
Q2: c. Gala. (Dr. Desmond O’Rourke made the prediction by extrapolating from a 2011 acreage survey report, “Honeycrisp is set to soar,” January 15, 2012)
Q3: a. (“Ancient Lakes is the newest Washington State AVA,” December, 2012)
Q4: d. Kearney V system is a two-leader, perpendicular V system developed at the University of California’s Kearney Agricultural Center for peaches and nectarines. (“Shorter trees reduce labor costs,” February 1, 2004)
Q5: c. Father of Washington’s wine industry (“Broader scope for wine center,” September, 2009)
Q6:. d. Its biggest drawback is susceptibility to fireblight, which has prompted the breeding of size-controlling rootstocks that offer resistance to pests and diseases by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Geneva, New York. (“Planting for the future: Rootstocks,” January 15, 2010)Good Fruit Grower archives are searchable on the Internet at www.goodfruit.com.