May 1st 2012 Issue

Lone organic grower finds it tough

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Most of Owens’s orchards are surrounded by mature timber. On this mountain, he has three isolated orchards, each about [...]

Choosing not to replant

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An example of layering, in which a cane is brought from the old Cabernet Sauvignon cordon on the right [...]

Promising organic herbicide found

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These large crabgrass seedlings show the effect of preemergence application of manuka oil. Control is on the right. Concentrations [...]

Sustainability can be economical

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More than 160 photovoltaic panels rest on the rooftop of Powers Winery, generating about 20 percent of the winery’s [...]

Niche product

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Sevin (carbaryl) will continue to be available for chemical thinning and pest control in tree fruits, says Dr. Jonathan [...]

Organic viticulture is all about timing

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Bill Powers used common materials—screen mesh, bottoms of plastic jugs—to construct his pest fan.
Melissa Hansen

The key to making [...]

Ready for the audit?

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Nicole Brunner checks the Gras2p training manual, which can be purchased by any Washington grower.
Photo by Geraldine Warner

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What do rootstocks do

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Apple growers first became interested in grafting scions onto rootstocks when they realized that dwarfing rootstocks could tame vigor, [...]

Organic plantings drop

By |May 1st, 2012|

Organic tree fruit acreage in Washington State is on the decline overall, although plantings of organic Honeycrisp have increased [...]

Going without sulfites

By |May 1st, 2012|

Greg Powers knows viticulture and enology from the ground up and was manager for the family estate vineyard before [...]