July 2006 Issue

Right-to-farm rulings have serious implications

By |July 1st, 2006|

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Tree fruit industry groups are alarmed by an appeals court decision that could impact the right to farm. In

New subacid varieties fill gaps in supply

By |July 1st, 2006|

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The recently released Honey May nectarine, a yellow-fleshed subacid variety, ripens in early May.  White-fleshed peaches

Kestrels scare off cherry-thieving birds

By |July 1st, 2006|

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Ben Dover sells kestrel boxes mainly to cherry growers, though they’re also catching on with grape, apple, and

Cable ties tested as alternative to knife girdling

By |July 1st, 2006|

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Unlike repeated knife girdling, a plastic tie does no damage to the tree. It is applied in the

Falcons put on show for starlings

By |July 1st, 2006|

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The Saker falcon circles a couple hundred feet away, intent on a bird-size leather bundle fashioned to resemble a pair

Upright peach plantings are productive

By |July 1st, 2006|

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Peach trees with a pillar growth habit can be planted much more densely than standard peach trees to

Patent Office narrows Surround patent

By |July 1st, 2006|

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Apples—leaves and fruit—covered with Surround. Photo by Dick Lehnert Changes to Engelhard Corporation’s patent for Surround (a

Northwest forecasts manageable pear crop

By |July 1st, 2006|

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The Pacific Northwest pear industry is forecasting a 2006 crop of 17.5 million boxes, down from 18 million boxes a

New company to distribute Surround

By |July 1st, 2006|

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A new company called Advan LLC will distribute Surround (kaolin) crop protectant in specialty agriculture markets in the United States.

Guest worker requirements

By |July 1st, 2006|

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Tree fruit growers in the British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley typically require about 3,300 seasonal workers annually. But working with foreign

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