• 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 [...]

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 [...]