Brown rot surprises cherry growers

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

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Cherry diseases require action

  • February 18th, 2014

The appearance of little cherry diseases calls for aggressive action, says Dr. Ken Eastwell, plant pathologist for Washington State University.

“When it comes to little cherry diseases, inaction is not an answer,” he said, adding that the disease can spread from infected trees to adjacent trees and ­neighboring orchards, causing [...]

Too hot to handle

  • January 21st, 2014

Cutworms come out at night to feed on grape buds.

Pyrethroid barrier trunk sprays have proven effective against cutworms in Washington State, but for growers who want to avoid using pyrethroids, an organic alternative is looking pretty “hot” in research trials.

The industrywide adoption of trunk barrier sprays for cutworms has [...]

  • Attack when pest defenses are down

Attack when pest defenses are down

  • November 18th, 2013

Research findings at the University of California, Davis, might help growers apply insecticides to control spotted wing drosophila when the insect is the most vulnerable.

The pest, Drosophila suzukii, infests soft-skinned fruits, including cherries, peaches, grapes, and various berries. It is not controlled by the GF-120 bait commonly used to [...]