February 15th 2010 Issue

Searching for cherry cracking strategies

By |February 15th, 2010|

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When researching rain-induced cracking of sweet cherries, it’s obvious that rain is a requirement. Two years of research, though yielding

Next generation branches out

By |February 15th, 2010|

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The Young Grower Alliance is growing. It’s still shy of its official fourth birthday, but the YGA has expanded beyond

Long wait for immigration reform

By |February 15th, 2010|

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Every year, the Valicoff Fruit Company in the Yakima Valley dutifully sends off W-2 tax forms for its pickers. President

Conversations with the city

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Orchardists represent a sliver of American agriculture. Most of our nation’s farmers grow field crops such as corn, wheat, and

Last Bite – From timber to apples

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Arden Harris was a member of a family that pioneered in the development of the lumber resources of the Entiat

Good to know – Rayapati

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Grapevine fanleaf, an infectious degenerative disease, is the oldest known viral disease of grapevines. It is believed that fanleaf virus

Storing organic apples is not easy

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As Washington growers have ramped up production of organic apples, the volume of apples going into storage has also increased,

Controlling mildew in organic cherries

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Powdery mildew is a tough disease to control for Pacific Northwest cherry growers, but it’s even tougher for organic growers

Fireblight without antibiotics

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Orchards that have secondary bloom or have later-blooming varieties are more at risk for fireblight infection.

Controlling fireblight without antibiotics is

Scab control more challenging

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Apple scab overwinters in infected leaves on the orchard floor. Spores from the dead leaves are produced in the spring

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