April 15th 2013 Issue

Not enough canned pears

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Pacific Northwest pear processors are raising grower prices to $300 per ton this season in hopes of sourcing more Bartlett pears for the processed market.

The Top Five

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Soil has been called the “living skin” of planet Earth, an essential but fragile part of the bio­sphere. As such,

Hidden costs of rodent control

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Rodents—particularly voles, ground squirrels, and gophers—can have a big economic impact on orchard and vineyard production costs.
Rodents cause obvious damage

Growers rapturous over rodent control

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Wildlife biologist Tim Pitz holds an adult golden eagle that was captured as part of a telemetry study. The study

Your management program matters

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LEFT: Above left: Adult A. mali are affected by most of the tested reduced-risk pesticides. RIGHT: The parasitic wasp Aphelinus

The root of the matter

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This excavated root system is from a 40-year-old Concord own-rooted vine.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALAN LAKSO

Grapes, with their flowing vines and

Cornell releases wine grape varieties

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Cornell University has released two new wine grape varieties—a cold-hardy aromatic white variety and a red variety that is highly

Choose your poison carefully

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A barn owl nesting box at Omeg Orchards. Notice the metal underneath the box that’s used to prevent raccoons from

The BIG Stomach

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RIGHT: Workers pack apples in the modern facility built two years ago at Crist Bros. in Walden, New York. The

Testing tree health

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Dennis Smith, horticulturist with G.S. Long Company, Inc., in Yakima, Washington, has been doing soil and leaf sampling for fruit

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