May 1st 2010 Issue

Promoting ecolabel wines

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A program that began by certifying vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley that were following practices to protect and restore salmon watersheds has grown to include more than half the wine grape acreage of Walla Walla Valley in Washington and Oregon and several vineyards in eastern Washington.

Sustainability: imposition or opportunity?

By |May 1st, 2010|

With major food companies joining the green movement, a growing number of farmers are being asked questions about their sustainability efforts and/or programs. Growers can either view the movement as opportunity or imposition, says Dr. Cliff Ohmart.

Meeting the organic challenge

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Harry and Jackie Hoch (center) gather in their orchard for a family photo on Easter weekend, where unusual 80-degree weather

Woolly apple aphid

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Syrphid fly larvae attack woolly apple aphids.

The woolly apple aphid overwinters as a nymph on the roots of apple trees,

Compost tea recipes

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Tweaking the aeration time, handling, and changing additives can create diverse compost teas—even though they were made with the same

What are compost teas?

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Compost teas have been promised by some companies to be a wonder-all product, protecting plants from disease, increasing growth, breaking

Last Bite–From doctor to farmer

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The altimeter on John Kloeber’s label at right shows an altitude of 1,500 feet, a suggestion that fruit grown in

Good to Go

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Italy orchard tour
Susan Pheasant and Mauricio Frías are offering an intensive technical tour of South Tyrol orchards in November to

Good Job

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Apple Blossom Queen Margaret Robinson presented a plaque to WSU Extension Educator Tim Smith when he was named Apple Citizen of

Getting trees off to a good start

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This new planting, pictured at the end of the first season, started out as sleeping eyes and is irrigated with

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