Brown rot surprises cherry growers

Tart cherry growers need to watch out for European brown rot as bloom arrives.

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  • 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 [...]

WSDA resumes traps to watch for moths that harm grape fields

  • June 13th, 2014

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has resumed setting traps to detect any presence of four species of moths destructive to grape fields, according to the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers (WAWGG).

The statewide watch list are the European Grapevine Moth, the European Grape Berry Moth, Grape Tortrix and [...]

  • Leafroll virus is costly

Leafroll virus is costly

  • May 29th, 2014

Grapevine leafroll virus is very costly to growers, studies in major wine-grape-growing regions show.

Economists in New York, California, and New Zealand have looked at the costs of leafroll virus in recent years and all found that it significantly reduces yields, said Trent Ball, director of Yakima Valley Community College’s [...]

Merivon labeled in New York

  • May 20th, 2014

Merivon fungicide has been registered for use on pome and stone fruit in New York. In field trials, it has controlled diseases such as apple scab and powdery mildew in pome fruit and brown rot in stone fruits, according to information from the ­manufacturer, BASF.

The active ingredients are equal [...]