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Soils & Nutrients

Featured stories about soils and nutrients appear in this issue.

Good Stuff

  • April 15th, 2008

Sweet but lethalSucraShield, a new pesticide made from natural sugars and food-grade fatty acids, is labeled for control of soft-bodied insects and mites on [...]

Death by fireblight

  • April 15th, 2008

In what could be the only Golden Delicious planting in California, Dr. R. Scott Johnson said that the real value of the NC-140 rootstock [...]

  • Managing the orchard floor

Managing the orchard floor

  • April 15th, 2008

These Regina on Gisela 6 rootstock cherry trees, grown under a bark mulch, are part of an Oregon State University research project [...]

  • Good question

Good question

  • April 15th, 2008

A weak U.S. dollar means different things to different people and countries. When measured against foreign currencies, it can [...]

Fertilizer suppliers and users

  • April 15th, 2008

The world’s largest fertilizer users are the United States, China, India, Russia, and Brazil, according to The Fertilizer Institute. Nitrogen: The United States [...]

Industry opposes fumigation buffer

  • April 15th, 2008

The tree fruit industry is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to require buffer zones around orchards when they are fumigated for replant [...]

Corn boosts demand

  • April 15th, 2008

U.S. farmers planted about 90 million acres of corn last year, aiming to profit from high prices driven by high demand for corn for [...]

  • Diversifying to survive

Diversifying to survive

  • April 15th, 2008

Tad Kozuki tries to find varieties of tree fruits that will set them apart from others. Tadashi "Tad" Kozuki has [...]

Byproduct tested as fertilizer

  • April 15th, 2008

Scientists looking for new uses of ethanol byproducts have discovered that distillers dried grains (DDGs) have potential as an environmentally friendly herbicide or as [...]

  • Striving for efficiencies

Striving for efficiencies

  • April 15th, 2008

Bill Tos of Tos Orchards said that while the family farm has grown through the years, they haven’t taken the vertical integration [...]

N-P-K: What's in the bag?

  • April 15th, 2008

The three numbers separated by hyphens on a fertilizer bag indicate the percentage of nitrogen, phosphate, and potash, respectively, that is available to the [...]

Getting the most out of fertilizers

  • April 15th, 2008

With the price of fertilizer ­rising, orchardists are trying to use nitrogen in the most efficient and economical ways possible, says Lee Gale, horticulturist [...]

Fertilizer sticker shock

  • April 15th, 2008

Just like motorists filling up their cars with gas, orchardists are experiencing sticker shock as they buy their fertilizers and agricultural chemicals. Greg [...]

New source of phosphorus

  • April 15th, 2008

Each year, U.S. farmers use about 3.7 billion pounds of phosphorus fertilizer, which is mined from underground phosphorus deposits around the world. Now, a [...]

Last Bite

  • April 15th, 2008

The Wenatchee Produce Company, with its famous Rose brand label, was among the largest fruit shippers in the state of Washington for nearly 40 [...]

  • Good to know

Good to know

  • April 15th, 2008

This highly feathered tree is perfect for establishing the tall spindle planting system. The quality of the nursery tree planted [...]

  • Roller coaster cherry production

Roller coaster cherry production

  • April 15th, 2008

To overcome rootstock-scion incompatibility, two Chelan trees on Mazzard rootstock were planted next to the original tree on a Mahaleb rootstock and [...]

No progress in talks with China

  • April 15th, 2008

Access to China for more U.S. apple varieties and fresh pears were topics on the agenda at the U.S.–China Plant Health bilateral meetings held [...]

How to start a winery

  • April 15th, 2008

A good business plan will help avoid the pitfalls of trial and error in designing and building a winery, says Norm McKibben, partner in [...]

Learn by doing

  • April 15th, 2008

Twenty years ago, when apples suddenly became a profitable crop to plant in California’s San Joaquin Valley, few had experience in growing the new [...]

First Bite

  • April 15th, 2008

How does one start a perennial fruit crop? By planting it into the ground. The soil. That is where it all starts. [...]