• Predatory mite comes to light

Predatory mite comes to light

  • February 27th, 2015

The shift from broad-spectrum organophosphates to new classes of pesticides that are more selective appears to have caused a shift in both pest and predatory mite species in Washington orchards.

Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris, graduate student at Washington State University in Wenatchee, found in recent studies that the little-known Amblydromella caudiglans was [...]

Tart cherries threatened

  • February 26th, 2015

Entomologists in Michigan are still trying to determine whether spotted wing drosophila will be a significant tart cherry pest.

“We were hoping it would not be an issue,” Dr. Nikki Rothwell said. She is the coordinator of the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center north of Traverse City, right in the [...]

SWD research continues

  • February 25th, 2015

Great progress has been made in the last five years in learning about spotted wing drosophila, but much more is needed, says a Washington State University entomologist.

Dr. Betsy Beers of WSU checked off a list of things that have been accomplished in the last five years of living with [...]

  • Multi-row sprayers offer great improvements in timeliness

Multi-row sprayers offer great improvements in timeliness

As more growers move toward modern, high-density planting systems to improve yield and orchard management, the sprayer output needs to be matched to the modern canopy. The closely planted trees of today’s modern orchard require totally different management than the large, traditional tree canopies of older orchards.

Unfortunately, many growers [...]

Inmates help with grape research

  • September 12th, 2014

Most spider mite research projects involve the tedious work of counting spider mites—peering down a microscope to count tiny specks on leaves.

Some would even call it cruel and unusual punishment. But a Washington State University researcher has found a workforce that enjoys the monotonous work, and he’s even saving [...]