February 15th 2013 Issue

Coppers are a fit for organics

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Before the 1960s, there were no antibiotics to help orchardists control fireblight, one of the most destructive diseases of [...]

Behind the scenes at the NOSB

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Harold Austin

In April, the National Organic Standards Board will decide whether organic apple and pear growers in the United [...]

Fireblight is native to North America

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Photo Courtesy of Tim Smith, WSU

Fireblight is a plant disease of apples and pears caused by the bacterium Erwinia [...]

National Organic Standards Board members

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Carmela Beck, organic program manager, Driscoll’s Strawberry Associates, Inc., Watsonville, California.
Colehour Bondera, owner, Kanalani Ohana Farm, Honaunau, Hawaii.

First Bite: Doing flip-flops

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As the incoming managing editor of Good Fruit Grower, each day I walk past a framed copy of the [...]

A replacement for Tiberon

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Experiments were conducted with MaxCel at Van Well Nursery last summer. Here, Bill Howell and Ric Van Well measure [...]

Growers have several choices in fireblight control

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Three blossoms in the center show the start of fireblight infection.
Photos courtesy of Ken Johnson.

Pear and apple orchardists [...]

Fireblight-resistant apple

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The Ladina comes from a cross of Topaz and Fuji, made in 1999.
Photo by Marcus Kellerhals, ACW

Ladina, a [...]

Fireblight, antibiotics, and the NOSB

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David Granatstein

Antibiotics have long been key disease control materials for fireblight, one of the few uses of antibiotics in [...]

How the NOSB makes decisions

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The National Organic Standards Board is a federal advisory committee that makes the decisions on which inputs can be [...]