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.

Solving the woolly apple aphid

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Washington Fruit and Produce Company planted alyssum between the rows of this new orchard to attract syrphid flies, which are

Good Point–Washington fruit industry scholarships change lives

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Yadira Castaneda recently received the Jacque McDougall Memorial Scholarship, funded by McDougall and Sons of Wenatchee, and Cecelia Guzman received

Growers surveyed on pest practices

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Washington apple growers are adopting new pest ­management strategies and technologies including safer chemistries, in accordance with the U.S. Environmental

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

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