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Soils & Nutrients

Featured stories about soils and nutrients appear in this issue.

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New apricots give market advantage

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Harry Roberts of Alexandra, New Zealand, is growing new varieties of apricots. Orchardists in the South Island of New Zealand are

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Calcium deficiency is costly in pears

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Pears with cork spot have bumpy surfaces and brown corky lesions in the flesh. Cork spot, a disorder of pears caused

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Last Bite – The Driver Label

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Although a golf theme was used by the Dunham company, it is believed that the owner was not a golfer, but that he

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Growers rewarded for conservation

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Corey Bonsen is working with 40 growers in the Naches watershed who are participating in the national Conservation Securtiy Program. PHOTO BY MELISSA

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A hundred bins

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Brett Drescher of Washington (left) and Chris Kropf of Michigan discuss the phenomenal production at Richard Hoddy’s orchard. Members of the

Native plants as cover crops

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Native plants are potentially beneficial cover crops because they are already adapted to the area’s rainfall and climate. But seeds of native cover crops may

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Extension educator identifies needs

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As a young girl growing up near Beltsville, Maryland, Gwen Hoheisel didn’t like getting dirty and she hated bugs. Today,

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Finding the right cover crop

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Cereal rye mixed with resident vegetation is used as a cover crop in this eastern Washington vineyard. Cover crops are

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Flower power

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The California poppy may have potential as a cover crop to attract beneficial insects to eastern Washington vineyards. Washington State University

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Does weed control pay?

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There are many techniques that growers can use to reduce their expense for weed control. Weeds can impact vineyards in more

Calibration steps

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1) Mark the spot where the sprayer is parked when filling the tank with water. Know the total volume of the tank and the effective boom

Making compost on the farm

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Compost is not hard to make on the farm once the basics of composting are understood, says Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs. Composting is simply decomposition

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Peach zinc deficiencies

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Through a new research project, scientists are inducing zinc deficiencies in trees grown in sand tanks to learn more efficient ways of applying the micronutrients

Inoculating the soil

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As interest grows in reducing the use of chemical fertilizers and synthetic pesticides, producers are now paying more attention to soil quality, with some looking

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Crash victim eager to fly

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Len Pugsley walked miles, hurting with every step, in an effort to get fit again. But the most painful moment was yet to

How soil EC works

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To illustrate how soil electrical conductivity works, Craig Walters uses a science experiment from high school. "Remember in high school when we wrapped nails

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Indoor-outdoor orchard

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These cherry trees are growing in plastic bags so they can be put into cold storage in winter to delay bloom.

Measuring the soil's charge

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The use of soil electrical conductivity mapping by orchardists and vineyardists is still considered to be in the "early adopter" stage, but that number is

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Tentation is growing

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Sixteen New Zealand apple growers have planted the French club variety Delblush, which is sold under the trade name Tentation.

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Transition now to new pest controls

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An Esteem-intoxicated obliquebanded leafroller larva showing deformities to its external body structures. This article is the second in a series intended

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Working for Ag Labor Reform

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With the spring apple blossom time upon us, it might seem a bit early to be thinking about harvest, but

Growers want antidumping changes

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British Columbia fruit growers are spearheading an initiative to help prevent Washington State orchardists from dumping cheap apples and cherries into Canada. At

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Big shift to dwarf trees

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New Zealand orchardists are making a rapid shift to dwarfing rootstocks for their new apple plantings.

Traditionally, they’ve used Malling 106 or M.793, partly because they

Enough bees despite losses

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Despite widespread declines in honeybees over the past winter, supplies of hives for pollinating tree fruits in the Pacific Northwest were expected to be adequate.

What is an AVA?

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An American Viticultural Area, sometimes called an appellation, is defined as: a delimited grape-growing region that is distinguishable by geographic features with boundaries that are

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First Bite

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Good Fruit Grower is a nonprofit, grower-owned magazine with a small staff and conservative budget, so, when we decide to send our writers and salespeople

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Too many AVAs?

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The rapid proliferation of American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in Washington State—four of the nine were approved in the last two

Fight fast food

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Fruit growers need to take on the processed-food industry in the same way that people challenged the tobacco industry a generation ago, Australian nutritionist Dr.

New nutrient guidelines

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Dr. Scott Johnson’s stone fruit nutrient deficiency studies have led researchers to look anew at traditional nutrient analysis sampling methods and deficiency threshold levels. Based