May 1st 2013 Issue

Pest pressures challenge organics future

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The favorable climate and relatively low pest and disease pressure in the arid West have been blessings for organic [...]

Nothing easy about organic weed control

By |May 1st, 2013|

Research in a newly planted organic vineyard showed just how difficult and labor-intensive weed control is under organic conditions. [...]

Pear growers surveyed on biological control

By |May 1st, 2013|

Implementing stable biological control programs requires growers and pest managers to have a much better understanding of management actions [...]

Heavenly host

By |May 1st, 2013|

For brown marmorated stinkbugs, the tree of heaven appears to be just that—a heavenly place to live.

“They can live [...]

Why organic cherries are in decline

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Organic cherry acreage in Washington State was up. Now it’s down. What’s behind the flux in acreage?

Organic cherry acreage [...]

Top five things to consider before going organic

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When you heard at the coffee shop that organic Honeycrisp apples were returning well over $1,000 a bin to [...]

Organic hurdles

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Growing apples in the eastern United States under USDA organic certification standards is not easy, and it’s still not [...]

Optimizing production

By |May 1st, 2013|

With some new apple varieties, like Honeycrisp, selling for more than $50 a box wholesale, suddenly orchards are capable [...]

Fruiting walls with windows

By |May 1st, 2013|

In Italy, where mechanical pruning is being used to form fruiting walls, researchers and growers are already looking at [...]

Fruiting wall principles

By |May 1st, 2013|

The tall spindle orchard design that is being so steadfastly encouraged by researchers—and adopted by growers—in the eastern United [...]