New approaches to frost control

The height of the vines influences how they fare during cold weather.

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  • Good, better, best? The quest for better apple rootstocks

Good, better, best? The quest for better apple rootstocks

  • June 18th, 2014

There is likely not a “best” apple rootstock, though the replant-tolerant Geneva rootstocks (G.41, G.214, G.935, G.210, G.30, G.890) are much better than the available standards of Budagovksy 9, Mark, Malling 9 clones, M.26 and the semidwarf rootstocks.

In replant situations, it is common to have lack of vigor contributing [...]

  • What makes  apple trees tick?

What makes apple trees tick?

  • May 29th, 2014

During his 40 years at Cornell University, Dr. Alan Lakso devised some oddly clever ways to figure out how fruit trees do the things they do.

For example, he used laser beams as artificial sunbeams to observe which kinds of leaves in apple trees capture the sunlight. Earlier studies had [...]

  • California nursery sales brisk

California nursery sales brisk

  • May 29th, 2014

California tree fruit nurseries are as busy as ever. For apple tree sales, there seems to be no slowdown in the buying boom yet, though cherry sales are stabilizing. Acreage downsizing has occurred in the soft fruit industry, which some believe will better position growers in the near future.

“It’s [...]

Corr: California growers criticize University of California

  • May 27th, 2014

One of the great strengths of the American food industry is the strong partnerships between universities and grower groups. That’s especially evident in Washington State, where Washington State University has a huge and positive presence in the tree fruit and wine grape communities.

In California, a longtime partnership is showing [...]