Research tackles decay issue

A new project will focus on controlling decay and finding pollinizers that are not disease hosts.

ADVERTISEMENT

  • One last Guthion spray

One last Guthion spray

  • March 1st, 2013

Fruit growers in Michigan can use existing stocks of the insecticide azinphos-methyl (Guthion) one more time before it is phased out at the end of September this year. When should they use it?

Michigan State University tree fruit entomologist Dr. Larry Gut suggests they target flies—the apple maggot in the [...]

  • For the birds

For the birds

  • March 1st, 2013

Preliminary estimates of bird damage to fruit crops made during 2012 show what fruit growers already know: Fruit production can be for the birds—at least a good part of it.

The estimates were made in the Pacific Northwest, New York, and Michigan as part of a $2 million project funded [...]

  • Stinkbug is strong flier

Stinkbug is strong flier

  • March 1st, 2013

The stinkbug injects saliva into the fruit and then sucks out the juice, causing brown areas in the flesh that can resemble bitter pit.
PHOTOS BY NIK WIMAN, OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

The brown marmorated stinkbug continues to spread, coming alarmingly close to commercial fruit-producing regions of the Pacific Northwest, and [...]

  • Good to Know: New traps and lures for tree fruit pests

Good to Know: New traps and lures for tree fruit pests

  • March 1st, 2013

Generations of growers have monitored the key pests in their orchards. Over the years, traps and lures available to growers have evolved. Yet, the goal has always been to develop easy-to-use, sensitive, and selective trapping systems. Sorting through pails baited with fermenting fruit juice filled with a writhing mass [...]

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • February 15th, 2013

1  Which of the following is not a fruit symptom of little cherry disease?
a.    Small size
b.    Poor color
c.    High acids
d.    Poor shape

2    Which of the following rootstocks is not resistant to fireblight?
a.    Geneva 41
b.    Budagovsky 9
c.    PiAu-56-83
d.    Malling 26

3     What [...]

  • Behind the scenes at the NOSB

Behind the scenes at the NOSB

  • February 15th, 2013

Harold Austin

In April, the National Organic Standards Board will decide whether organic apple and pear growers in the United States will be allowed to use the antibiotic oxytetracycline beyond the next two seasons. Tetracycline antibiotics are produced synthetically, but have an organic exemption that will expire in October 2014, [...]

  • An expensive disorder

An expensive disorder

  • February 15th, 2013

Photos courtesy of Bhaskar Bondada

A shrivel is not just a shrivel.

Of the various types of shrivel impacting grape quality, sour shrivel is especially unwanted because it renders the fruit unsuitable for winemaking.

The disorder, found in vineyards around the world, is known by several names. In California, researchers have begun [...]

  • Fireblight-resistant apple

Fireblight-resistant apple

  • February 15th, 2013

Ladina, a new high-quality apple variety with low susceptibility to fireblight and mildew, has been developed by a Swiss research station. The variety is also scab resistant. Ladina, bred at the Swiss federal research institute Agroscope­ ­Changins-Wädenswil, comes from a cross of Topaz and Fuji made in 1999. The [...]

  • Identifying grape shrivels

Identifying grape shrivels

  • February 15th, 2013

In the past, grape growers have mistaken any shrivel in their fruit for grape berry shrivel, also known as sour shrivel, says Washington State University’s Dr. Bhaskar Bondada. In a panic, some were needlessly thinning clusters to remove what they thought were berries afflicted with sour shrivel.

It’s important to [...]

  • Turning on a plant’s defenses

Turning on a plant’s defenses

  • February 15th, 2013

New technology is coming to the apple and pear industry to help control fireblight. Actigard is a systemic compound with a unique mode of action that mimics the natural systemic-activated resistance response found in many plants. When applied preventatively, much like vaccinations are given to humans to ward off [...]

  • Fireblight is native to North America

Fireblight is native to North America

  • February 15th, 2013

Fireblight is a plant disease of apples and pears caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora. It is native to North America where it resides in wild hosts such as crab apple and hawthorn. Over the decades, it has spread to other pome fruit producing regions in Europe, the Middle [...]

  • Coppers are a fit for organics

Coppers are a fit for organics

  • February 15th, 2013

Before the 1960s, there were no antibiotics to help orchardists control fireblight, one of the most destructive diseases of pears and apples. Copper materials were the mainstay back then.

But coppers are returning as fireblight control products, particularly for organic orchardists. Oxytetracycline, an effective antibiotic, could lose its place on [...]