Research tackles decay issue

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

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Reduced risk?

  • March 1st, 2012

A three-year study just completed in Michigan apple orchards showed that reduced-risk pesticides—which growers are now adopting—are more damaging to the functional ecology of the orchards than the products they are replacing.

Orchards using these reduced-risk pesticides have fewer beneficial organisms to help control pests, so growers will likely incur [...]

  • Stinkbug poses BIG THREAT

Stinkbug poses BIG THREAT

  • March 1st, 2012

The dreaded brown marmorated stinkbug is gradually making its way towards major tree fruit and grape growing regions in ­Oregon and Washington where $4 billion in crops are at risk.

This stinkbug species, which originated in Asia, is much larger than native stinkbugs and can be far more damaging. It [...]

  • Stinkbugs found in sweet cherries

Stinkbugs found in sweet cherries

  • March 1st, 2012

Stinkbugs are likely to move into cherry orchards by mid- to late July.
Photo courtesy of washington state University

Stinkbugs in the past haven’t been of much concern for Pacific Northwest cherry growers. But with later varieties now being grown and extended growing seasons, stinkbugs could be a pest to [...]

  • New pest keeps industry guessing

New pest keeps industry guessing

  • March 1st, 2012

A female spotted wing drosophila is about to enter a Contech apple cider vinegar trap. WSU scientists will be trapping for the pest during the coming season and will send out e-mail alerts.
ELIZABETH BEERS, WSU

Will spotted wing drosophila became a threat to cherry production in Washington State, or [...]

How to conserve beneficials while fighting stinkbug

  • March 1st, 2012

Penn State University entomologist Dr. David Biddinger provided some rules of thumb growers can apply so as not to destroy all natural enemies and the integrity of integrated pest management programs as they go about controlling the brown marmorated stinkbug.

Insecticide selection—Choose the product least harmful to natural enemies, but [...]

  • Biocontrol is fragile

Biocontrol is fragile

  • March 1st, 2012

These four creatures have survived pesticide treatments to become the most important biocontrol agents in eastern apple orchards. There are two species of predatory mites (far left and far right pictures); the “mite destroyer” ladybeetle Stethorus punctum (center left); and the woolly apple aphid parasitic wasp, Aphelinus mali.

The arrival [...]

  • New pests threaten Washington grapes

New pests threaten Washington grapes

  • March 1st, 2012

Doug Walsh, holding a mealybug pheromone trap, says that such traps have been used throughout the state to look for vine mealybug. Thus far, the destructive pest that’s prevalent throughout California grape regions, has not been found in Washington.
Melissa Hansen

While exotic and invasive pests threaten grape industries in [...]

  • Trapping for grape mealybug

Trapping for grape mealybug

  • March 1st, 2012

Brian Bahder transfers a first-instar grape mealybug from a grapevine leafroll-diseased Concord vine to a healthy Concord vine to assess mealybug competency as a vector.
Melissa Hansen

With the insidious spread of grapevine leafroll disease in Washington State vineyards, Washington State University scientists have worked to help growers better detect [...]

  • Bunch rot,  a different beast

Bunch rot, a different beast

  • February 15th, 2012

Michelle Moyer reminds growers who had powdery mildew problems last year to prepare for disease carryover this year. Botrytis bunch rot is a different beast than grape powdery mildew, says Dr. Michelle Moyer, Washington State University viticulture extension specialist. While it’s not a problem [...]

  • Strategies for controlling bacterial spot

Strategies for controlling bacterial spot

  • February 15th, 2012

The O’Henry peach variety is a poster child, highly susceptible to bacterial spot. Symptoms include fruit spots, leaf spots, and twig cankers. Bacterial spot is a serious problem for peach growers in the eastern United States, but no big worry for western growers. This [...]

Growers fear loss of antibiotics

  • February 15th, 2012

The shape of organic apple production in the future could well hinge on decisions made in the next few years about the continued use of antibiotics for control of fireblight.     Two key tenets of organic production are, don’t use synthetic substances and don’t cure a problem [...]

  • Manage resistance at the warehouse

Manage resistance at the warehouse

  • February 15th, 2012

Chang-Lin Xiao recommends that use of Penbotec and Scholar alternate from year to year to preserve their effectiveness against fungal pathogens like this blue mold on a Gala apple. Chang-Lin Xiao Resistance of the blue mold pathogen to the postharvest [...]