Brown rot surprises cherry growers

Tart cherry growers need to watch out for European brown rot as bloom arrives.

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  • 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, [...]

  • Pest help at your fingertips

Pest help at your fingertips

  • December 1st, 2011

Andy Kahn can use his iPhone to access WSU’s Decision Aid System, which automatically uploads weather data from the AgWeatherNet and provides pest predictions and control recommendations.

Washington State University’s online Decision Aid System has made life easier for integrated pest management consultant Andy Kahn of Wenatchee. He can log [...]

  • Grape industry goes after viruses

Grape industry goes after viruses

  • December 1st, 2011

Grapevine leafroll disease is easy to diagnose in red varieties, like this Cabernet Sauvignon vine, but more difficult in white varieties where the only symptom might be downward curling of leaves.

The Washington grape industry has put a bull’s-eye on grape viruses and diseases and is going after its target [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Sticking with pears

Sticking with pears

  • September 1st, 2011

Rood built this platform especially for removing fireblight strikes. Controls let him steer, brake, clutch, shift gears, and control acceleration. Shears or saw on a long pole are powered by air.
Richard Lehnert

There was a time when Michigan rivaled Oregon for third place in U.S. pear production, but a [...]

Put us to work for you

  • August 1st, 2011

I am fortunate to travel the country meeting with apple growers, packers, and other USApple members, and hear firsthand the issues and challenges they are facing daily. I am often asked, “What are the important issues?” and I want to provide an inside look at the challenges your staff [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • August 1st, 2011

Jack Everhart, left, New Holland, Inc., congratulates John Riel, right, of Burrows Tractor.

Recognition for Burrows
The New Holland dealership Burrows Tractor, Inc., in Yakima, Washington, has earned membership to New Holland’s President’s Club in recognition of outstanding achievement in business facilities, management, sales, parts and service support, and customer [...]

Building a better fly trap

  • August 1st, 2011

The spotted wing drosophila is easy to catch using cheap and readily available baits.

Apple cider vinegar is being recommended for homemade traps in the Pacific Northwest. A cheap red wine can be used, also.

But what is it about wine or vinegar that the flies find so attractive?

This is a [...]

  • Virus-free peach trees

Virus-free peach trees

  • July 1st, 2011

Simon Scott moves plants at the Musser Fruit Research Farm’s greenhouse, where about 300 trees of a hundred low-chill cultivars will be grown.
Richard Lehnert

Until plum pox virus (PPV) appeared in Pennsylvania peach orchards in 1999, many peach growers took a pretty casual view of viruses—living with them and [...]