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Soils & Nutrients

Featured stories about soils and nutrients appear in this issue.

  • Tentation is growing

Tentation is growing

  • April 15th, 2007

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

  • Does weed control pay?

Does weed control pay?

  • April 15th, 2007

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

Making compost on the farm

  • April 15th, 2007

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

  • Big shift to dwarf trees

Big shift to dwarf trees

  • April 15th, 2007

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 [...]

Inoculating the soil

  • April 15th, 2007

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

What is an AVA?

  • April 15th, 2007

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 [...]

How soil EC works

  • April 15th, 2007

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

  • A hundred bins

A hundred bins

  • April 15th, 2007

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

  • Too many AVAs?

Too many AVAs?

  • April 15th, 2007

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

Measuring the soil's charge

  • April 15th, 2007

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

Fight fast food

  • April 15th, 2007

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 [...]

  • Flower power

Flower power

  • April 15th, 2007

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

New nutrient guidelines

  • April 15th, 2007

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. [...]

Growers want antidumping changes

  • April 15th, 2007

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

Calibration steps

  • April 15th, 2007

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 [...]

Enough bees despite losses

  • April 15th, 2007

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

  • Peach zinc deficiencies

Peach zinc deficiencies

  • April 15th, 2007

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

  • First Bite

First Bite

  • April 15th, 2007

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 [...]

  • Crash victim eager to fly

Crash victim eager to fly

  • April 15th, 2007

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

Native plants as cover crops

  • April 15th, 2007

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 [...]

  • Indoor-outdoor orchard

Indoor-outdoor orchard

  • April 15th, 2007

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