April 1st 2010 Issue

Drench in the orchard

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Single-bin drenching with a postharvest fungicide is being tested. Research shows that the sooner a fungicide is applied after harvest,

Tree planter pays dividends

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Yakima Valley Orchards designed and built its own three-row tree planting machine.

Yakima Valley Orchards used to plant trees by hand,

Chemical thinners are inconsistent

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Penn State’s Dr. Jim Schupp says that the inconsistent results with chemical thinners led to researcher interest in mechanical thinners.

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Grove to Receive Extension Award

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Dr. Gary Grove, Washington State University plant pathologist, will receive the American Phytopathological Society’s Excellence in Extension Award during the

Mechanical thinning works

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The mechanical string thinner knocked off 15 percent or more dormant buds in this Santina block. Right: The Darwin string

Chamberlain Leads Growers

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Lynne Chamberlain was elected 2010 chair of the board of directors of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers. Chamberlain,

Hand-held thinning tool

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Much of the research in orchard innovation involves automation and robotics, but not every orchard can accommodate technology like mechanized

Good Stuff

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Dream tractor?
The Mach 4 is an articulated reversible quad-track vehicle for specialized farming. Launched in Italy in 2008 as a

Ontario faces challenges to plum pox virus eradication

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Symptoms of plum pox virus include chlorotic (yellow) rings on the leaf surface or chlorotic blotches and vein clearing.

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Reduce compaction

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Juice grape growers in Washington State have found a way to aerate the soil, relieve soil compaction, and reduce farming

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