April 15th 2013 Issue

Weed ZAPPER

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Engineer Graham Brodie developed the microwave weed-killing machine. Four microwave horn antennae at the back end, each about four [...]

Hidden costs of rodent control

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Rodents—particularly voles, ground squirrels, and gophers—can have a big economic impact on orchard and vineyard production costs.
Rodents cause [...]

Meet Washington State’s new agriculture director

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Bud Hover’s road to directorship of the Washington State Department of Agriculture began in 1938 when his mother and [...]

Growers rapturous over rodent control

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Wildlife biologist Tim Pitz holds an adult golden eagle that was captured as part of a telemetry study. The [...]

Rescue thinning

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If you’ve thinned and thinned and there are still too many apples on the trees, there is one more [...]

Your management program matters

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LEFT: Above left: Adult A. mali are affected by most of the tested reduced-risk pesticides. RIGHT: The parasitic wasp [...]

Orchard ground covers

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For 21 years now, Dr. Ian Merwin has tended a 320-tree apple orchard on the eastern shore of Cayuga [...]

The root of the matter

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This excavated root system is from a 40-year-old Concord own-rooted vine.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALAN LAKSO

Grapes, with their flowing [...]

WSU seeks licensee

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Washington State University’s Research Foundation, which owns the new WA 38 apple, has issued an “announcement of opportunity” inviting [...]

Cornell releases wine grape varieties

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Cornell University has released two new wine grape varieties—a cold-hardy aromatic white variety and a red variety that is [...]