Research findings at the University of California, Davis, might help growers apply insecticides to control spotted wing drosophila when the insect is the most vulnerable.
The pest, Drosophila suzukii, infests soft-skinned fruits, including cherries, peaches, grapes, and various berries. It is not controlled by the GF-120 bait commonly used to [...]
A British biotechnology company is developing a novel new way to control insect pests. Called RIDL, which stands for Release of Insects with Dominant Lethality, it works somewhat like sterile insect releases.
Instead of using radiation to create sterile male insects that mate ineffectively with females, lethal genes inserted into a [...]
When Dr. Stefano Musacchi arrived in Washington State in August, he knew the expectations were high.
Musacchi, a world-renowned pomologist from Italy, was appointed to a new position at Washington State University created with funding from a special grower assessment to enhance tree fruit research.
Musacchi arrived with plenty of ideas [...]
The Michigan tree fruit industry is exploring the idea of creating a commission to collect money from growers to strengthen research efforts.
The new Michigan Tree Fruit Commission would be authorized to collect assessments from the state’s apple and cherry growers to maintain and improve Michigan’s four tree fruit research [...]
courtesy David R. Lance, USDA APHIS PPQ
The scientists working to conquer brown marmorated stinkbug are looking for homeowner volunteers in the Mid-Atlantic States to count stinkbugs.
They want these citizen scientists to count the number of stinkbugs they see on the exterior of their homes once a day every day [...]
Pacific Northwest extension specialists recently released a new field guide for vineyardists that provides information about general vineyard management and trouble-shooting problems from a systems-wide, integrated pest management (IPM) approach. The guide, Integrated Pest Management in Pacific Northwest Vineyards (PNW644), is available through Washington State University Extension.
The 120-page publication [...]
Over the years, fruit growers have traded in their shotgun-like pest control tools for more precise rifle-like tools and bullets capable of hitting moving targets with great accuracy. As they adopt these new weapons, they need to perfect their use of them.
During the Eastern Apple Precision Orchard Management Summit [...]
Although most pears are grown in traditional orchards, the same way they’ve been grown for many decades, there’s not a great momentum for change. Ray Schmitten, a pear grower in Cashmere, Washington, says that innovation in the orchard is less critical than finding ways to ensure that consumers have [...]
By Richard Lehnert
Growing peaches is getting easier in some ways, harder in others, a rather normal description of many orchardists’ efforts. Take two steps forward, then one back, and call that progress.
Clemson University professor of horticulture Dr. Greg Reighard talked about the challenges peach growers face during [...]