May 1st 2010 Issue

Promoting ecolabel wines

By |May 1st, 2010|

A program that began by certifying vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley that were following practices to protect and restore salmon watersheds has grown to include more than half the wine grape acreage of Walla Walla Valley in Washington and Oregon and several vineyards in eastern Washington.

Sustainability: imposition or opportunity?

By |May 1st, 2010|

With major food companies joining the green movement, a growing number of farmers are being asked questions about their sustainability efforts and/or programs. Growers can either view the movement as opportunity or imposition, says Dr. Cliff Ohmart.

Woolly apple aphid

By |May 1st, 2010|

Syrphid fly larvae attack woolly apple aphids.

The woolly apple aphid overwinters as a nymph on the roots of apple [...]

Compost tea recipes

By |May 1st, 2010|

Tweaking the aeration time, handling, and changing additives can create diverse compost teas—even though they were made with the [...]

What are compost teas?

By |May 1st, 2010|

Compost teas have been promised by some companies to be a wonder-all product, protecting plants from disease, increasing growth, [...]

Last Bite–From doctor to farmer

By |May 1st, 2010|

The altimeter on John Kloeber’s label at right shows an altitude of 1,500 feet, a suggestion that fruit grown [...]

Good to Go

By |May 1st, 2010|

Italy orchard tour
Susan Pheasant and Mauricio Frías are offering an intensive technical tour of South Tyrol orchards in [...]

Good Job

By |May 1st, 2010|

Apple Blossom Queen Margaret Robinson presented a plaque to WSU Extension Educator Tim Smith when he was named Apple Citizen [...]

Getting trees off to a good start

By |May 1st, 2010|

This new planting, pictured at the end of the first season, started out as sleeping eyes and is irrigated [...]

New organic organization

By |May 1st, 2010|

Minnesota grower Harry Hoch helped found a new organization called the Organic Tree Fruit Growers Association, and his wife, [...]