December 2009 Issue

Surviving the cold

By |December 1st, 2009|

These grapevines await their winter pruning. Mechanically pruning vines that have severe bud damage from cold may be a [...]

Produce expert

By |December 1st, 2009|

With an office in Yakima, Washington, Wal-Mart plans to keep prices lower and buy directly from growers, cutting out [...]

Sorting technology

By |December 1st, 2009|

Tree fruit packers believe that future technology will improve labor efficiencies while improving fruit quality

New technology will touch all [...]

Australia’s water crisis forces changes

By |December 1st, 2009|

Dealing with rising temperatures may be a conundrum for fruit growers confronting ­climate change, but in Australia it’s been [...]

Market limitations

By |December 1st, 2009|

How new varieties will coexist with those that have already carved out shelf space is the million-dollar question.

The biggest [...]

Exotic varieties, new regions

By |December 1st, 2009|

A new interest in clones and lesser-known varieties will drive vineyard plantings in Washington State in the next ten [...]

Invite the whole community

By |December 1st, 2009|

Mason bee nests in the orchard of Robert Schreiber at Poysdorf, Austria, pictured during an International Fruit Tree Association [...]

Extension educators

By |December 1st, 2009|

WSU Extension educator Karen Lewis expects to see more technologies used in orchards to augment workers, in addition to [...]

Nursery perspective

By |December 1st, 2009|

These finished nursery trees will soon be harvested and prepared for later planting by growers.

With the proliferation of new [...]

Cultivating beneficials

By |December 1st, 2009|

Mike Omeg checks for beneficial insects in goldenrod plants in an insectary alongside a Regina cherry block. He’s watched [...]