May 1st 2013 Issue

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

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

Fruiting walls with windows

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

Fruiting wall principles

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

Food Alliance’s future uncertain

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A lack of funding has forced the Food Alliance to suspend its operations, though its licensed producers will be [...]

Trends in organic tree fruit

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Washington State University’s sustainable agriculture specialist David Granatstein keeps tabs on organic tree fruit production statistics, compiling charts and [...]

Last Bite

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1  True or false? The Z-Trap is a device for killing Zetzellia mali?

2  How many gallons of fuel does [...]

Plantings set record pace

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If Washington’s 129-million-box apple crop took you by surprise last fall, consider this.

If there hadn’t been hailstorms throughout Washington [...]

White varieties need more water

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What works well on red wine grape varieties might be too much of a good thing for whites.

Grape growers [...]