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  • December 1st, 2011

Ty Snyder promoted
C & O Nursery of Wenatchee, Washington, has promoted Ty Snyder to the position of orchard manager. Snyder has worked at the nursery since 2006 and earned an associate degree in agriculture from Wenatchee Valley College. He is managing the company’s Rocky Reach and Grant Road [...]

  • Mildew resistance quest continues

Mildew resistance quest continues

  • December 1st, 2011

Next year, Nnadozie Oraguzie will begin field testing a new generation of mildew-resistant sweet cherry selections as he works to combine disease resistance with high fruit quality traits.
Courtesy of Washington State University

While there is keen grower interest in development of cherry varieties resistant to powdery mildew, the resulting [...]

  • $60-million boost

$60-million boost

  • December 1st, 2011

A mechanical harvester is part of a major research project relating to production and marketing of stem-free sweet cherries.

More than $60 million dollars in grants have been awarded so far through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative specifically for research ­projects in tree fruit and grapes.

This is the fourth year [...]

  • Research station has organic orchard

Research station has organic orchard

  • December 1st, 2011

Joe Nicholson of New York with a Rubinola tree that shows symptoms of sulfur intolerance.
Geraldine Warner

Britain has only about a dozen serious ­commercial organic growers, estimates Dr. Jerry Cross, who heads the entomology and plant pathology team at East Malling Research.

And East Malling Research is one of them.

The [...]

  • Spray equipment still evolving

Spray equipment still evolving

  • December 1st, 2011

The Raven spray controller has brought major improvements to orchard spraying.
Courtesy Blueline Equipment

A major breakthrough in orchard spray technology in the last decade has been a rate control system that automatically calibrates sprayers during spraying, saving countless gallons of crop protection chemicals. Future spray technologies could include sprayers [...]

  • Precise IPM requires good data

Precise IPM requires good data

  • December 1st, 2011

This Washington State University weather station in Tonasket is part of the AgWeatherNet service, providing growers with detailed environmental data.
courtesy washington state university

More precise integrated pest management practices go hand in hand with accurate weather and environmental data. You can’t have better targeted insect sprays or use predictive [...]

Focusing on tomorrow today

  • December 1st, 2011

Apple, pear, and walnut growers will have several opportunities this winter to learn how to take advantage of natural enemies in their orchards for controlling key pests.

Washington State University entomologist Dr. Vince Jones expects to see a move towards more precise integrated pest management in apples and pears in [...]

  • Research spinoffs result in smarter sprayers

Research spinoffs result in smarter sprayers

  • December 1st, 2011

The variable output nozzles and adjustable louver, developed for this citrus sprayer as part of a specialty crop research project, should soon be available for tree fruit sprayers.

Using autonomous tractors to perform pesticide spraying is possible—and may one day be practical—but given the expense of equipment and liability concerns [...]

Spraying with sprinklers

  • December 1st, 2011

On a cold rainy day with apple scab threatening, wouldn’t it be nice to push a button labeled “Fungicide” and let the orchard spray itself?

Spraying is one of those things all orchardists have to do. Whether conventional or organic, they spend a lot of time filling sprayers, mixing chemicals, [...]

  • Electronic trap saves labor

Electronic trap saves labor

  • November 1st, 2011

Johnny Park, engineer of the Z-Trap, was in Washington State recently to demonstrate a new codling moth trap that counts insects, sending trap data to a computer.
Melissa Hansen

An electronic trap for monitoring insect pests will free up growers or employees from the chore of checking trap catches every [...]

  • The Tangler

The Tangler

  • November 1st, 2011

Brett Bunker shows off the launcher he uses to dispense pheromone-containing capsules in apple trees. The clip in the magazine holds 25 capsules. Left: When the Tangler is launched, the capsule splits and the string wraps, bolo-like, when it strikes a tree branch. Early in the season, there is [...]

  • Growers battle stinkbug

Growers battle stinkbug

  • October 1st, 2011

Eastern peach growers report having greater success in controlling the brown marmorated stinkbug this year than they did in 2010.

Rice Fruit Company installed new defect sorting equipment in its apple packing operation earlier this year—making a sizable investment in anticipation of another onslaught from brown marmorated stinkbug.

“We’re hoping it’s [...]