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Soils & Nutrients

Featured stories about soils and nutrients appear in this issue.

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To fertilize or not?

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Reasons to fertilize your crop may range from indications that the plant is deficient, you want yield or quality that

Soil or tissue test?

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What is the best way for Washington State grape growers to analyze nitrogen levels in their vineyard? Washington State University soil scientist Dr. Joan

Poland's American connection

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Poland’s number-one apple variety, Idared, is a legacy from an educational exchange between Poland and the United States that began during the Communist era.

Work in progress

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When dealing with nematodes, Washington State vineyardists need two things they currently lack: more effective control strategies and meaningful economic thresholds to guide them in

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New market direction

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“Fun size” Gala apples packed in Poland for major UK supermarket. Poland has traditionally been a supplier of cheap apples

Nematodes in Washington

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The following is a brief description of nematode species found in Washington vineyards. In general, nematodes weaken the root system, can cause secondary infections due

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Last Bite – Royal purple reigns

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Purple tissue wrap enhanced Holtzinger apples and inspired a new line of labels. Charles M. Holtzinger (more familiarly known as C.M.

Good Point – Ed Wittenbach

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In my lifetime, change has been inevitable: from five-acre orchards to 500-acre orchards or larger; from small, family-owned stores to mega supermarkets; and from local

Frequent frosts and freezes

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In Poland’s main apple-growing region, south of Warsaw, frosts and freezes are a fact of life, according to Dr. Augustyn Mika, professor at the Research

Managing nitrogen

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Nitrogen management is important in all wine grapes, but even more so in white varieties because of its association with fruit flavor compounds. But how

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Poland is well situated

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Historically, Poland was not in an enviable position, located between Germany to the West and Russia to the East. During

Good Point – David Granatstein

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Nitrogen is a plentiful element in the biosphere, accounting for 78 percent of the air around us. It is essential for life, being a building

Profitability lies in marketing

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Italian apple growers have managed to stay in business by improving production efficiency. But Kurt Werth, who was for many years a leader with the

A more sustainable strategy

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There are several ways in which orchardists can develop a more sustainable approach to nitrogen fertility.    Fortunately, tree fruit production requires relatively modest inputs of

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Green light for Kanzi

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Kanzi matures about the same time as Golden Delicious. The fruit is larger than Gala and stores well. Golden Delicious is

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Volatile prices

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Fertilizer costs have come down from last year’s heart-stopping prices, but don’t expect prices to stay down. Price volatility should

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Choosing the right cherry rootstock

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Many factors need to be taken into account when choosing rootstocks for a new cherry orchard. Soil fertility, variety, and

WSU reorganizes Extension

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In an effort to cut costs, improve efficiency, and better serve production agriculture, Washington State University is merging Extension into the College of Agricultural, Human

Europe is growing fewer apples

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Apple production is declining in several European countries. Italy, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom all are producing fewer apples than they were a decade

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Nematodes in your kitchen

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Facial tissues, a small mesh screen, and a small dish are all that’s needed to perform a quick nematode soil analysis.

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Puzzling outbreak

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Adult beetles have dark reddish brown or black heads, and the body is covered with short gray hairs. A mysterious

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Cover crops for the desert

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This photo of a five-year planting of the Canada mix cover crop shows how it goes dormant in the summer. It

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Good to Know – Julie Tarara

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Trellising and training in vineyards represent money and effort invested to maximize canopy photosynthesis and to optimize solar radiation exposure

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Stop puncturevine

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Puncturevine, a noxious weed to farmers and a nuisance to urban dwellers, continues to spread throughout north central Washington. With efforts to control the weed