December 2009 Issue

Invite the whole community

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Mason bee nests in the orchard of Robert Schreiber at Poysdorf, Austria, pictured during an International Fruit Tree Association tour

Growers

Apple marketing incentive

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“If an apple were to explode like a hand grenade when it reached a stage of ripeness not permitting it

Cultivating beneficials

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Mike Omeg checks for beneficial insects in goldenrod plants in an insectary alongside a Regina cherry block. He’s watched by

Identity crisis

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The flood of new apple varieties will continue until the consumer is so confused about the Washington apple identity that

Ready for change

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As the new president, John Verbrugge will lead Washington’s Horticultural Association into more involvement with state regulatory issues.

New Hort President

Cover crops and pest control

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Does attracting natural enemies to an orchard by planting a cover crop translate to better biological control of pests in

Blast from the past

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Robots harvesting fruit, scientists creating the perfect apple trees in petri dishes, and a fruit industry run by conglomerates were

Growers foresee change

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There are too many new apple varieties, says Polish orchardist Krzysztof Hermanowicz.

New market niches, more emphasis on eating quality, technological

Growing nitrogen on the side

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Dr. Steve Fransen points out that the ladino clover had pink root nodules, indicating that it was fixing nitrogen.

As commercial

Wind of change

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“Change is in the wind,” an article in the Good Fruit Grower declared in 1987, which was a year of

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