• Fourth cherry residue test results are available

Fourth cherry residue test results are available

  • July 14th, 2014

For the fourth consecutive year, the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has conducted a trial to provide the Northwest cherry industry basic information about residues of commonly used pesticides.

These studies are intended to help growers and consultants make more informed pest decisions with respect to concerns about Maximum Residue [...]

  • Summing up a career

Summing up a career

  • July 10th, 2014

Dr. Scott Johnson worked for 31 years as an extension specialist for the University of California, Davis. He was based at the Kearney Agricultural Center, a research station in the heart of San Joaquin Valley’s intense agriculture.

He earned an undergraduate degree in biology before entering studies at Cornell University, [...]

  • 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 [...]