• Preparing for change

Preparing for change

  • October 18th, 2013

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 [...]

  • Citizen scientists needed to count stinkbugs

Citizen scientists needed to count stinkbugs

  • September 10th, 2013

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 from September 15 to October 15.

Tracy [...]

  • Grape IPM guide available

Grape IPM guide available

  • September 9th, 2013

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 [...]

  • New spray concept proves feasible

New spray concept proves feasible

  • September 1st, 2013

If we had to irrigate orchards by pulling tanks of water down the alleys, would we do it?

We do that now with pesticides and plant growth regulators, hauling loads of water with small amounts of chemicals in them, then blasting the mixtures into the trees.

Only about a year ago, [...]

  • Growers need to adjust sprayers for deposition and drift

Growers need to adjust sprayers for deposition and drift

  • September 1st, 2013

Precise application of pesticides in orchards provides growers with better crop protection, less environmental pollution, and better use of resources. It costs less when pesticides are not wasted.

Since coming to Cornell University in 1998, Dr. Andrew Landers has been working to make airblast canopy sprayers, designed more than 50 [...]

  • Top Five pear research needs

Top Five pear research needs

  • September 1st, 2013

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 [...]

  • Pest management requires precise tools

Pest management requires precise tools

  • September 1st, 2013

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 [...]

Five ways to make sure people eat fewer peaches

  • July 1st, 2013

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Grow just one variety. Growing one variety will limit your marketing season and the number of times consumers can come back to buy more peaches.

On the other hand, growers who want to sell lots of peaches will select multiple varieties that will ripen over a six- to eight-week [...]

  • Surround might deter stinkbugs

Surround might deter stinkbugs

  • June 1st, 2013

The brown marmorated stinkbug is a challenge to control for any fruit grower, and organic growers have the fewest strategies of all.

That’s why Win Cowgill and colleagues at Rutgers Cooperative Extension in New Jersey decided to test the effects of the kaolin clay product Surround on the stinkbug.

Surround is [...]

  • Science on the Hudson

Science on the Hudson

  • May 15th, 2013

Modern apple tree plantings have been made at the Hudson Valley Lab.
PHOTO BY RICHARD LEHNERT

Workers at Cornell University’s Hudson Valley Laboratory at Highland, near Poughkeepsie, New York, tend to see themselves as guardians of the gate. Whenever new diseases and insects come to challenge fruit growers in New [...]

  • SWD in Europe

SWD in Europe

  • May 15th, 2013

A female spotted wing drosophila lays eggs on a cherry.
PHOTO BY PETER SHEARER, OSU

Fluctuating populations of spotted wing drosophila from year to year are keeping growers in the Pacific Northwest guessing. After relatively little pressure in 2011, the fly came back with a vengeance in 2012.

Growers in Europe [...]

  • SWD challenges growers

SWD challenges growers

  • May 15th, 2013

Unlike the common drosophila flies, spotted wing drosophila will attack cherries before they are ripe.
PHOTO BY PETER SHEARER, OSU

After feeling little pressure from the spotted wing drosophila in 2011, Washington State cherry growers battled the pest through the 2012 season. And that’s likely to be the norm in [...]