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Soils & Nutrients

Featured stories about soils and nutrients appear in this issue.

WSU reorganizes Extension

  • April 15th, 2009

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

Managing nitrogen

  • April 15th, 2009

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

Europe is growing fewer apples

  • April 15th, 2009

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

  • To fertilize or not?

To fertilize or not?

  • April 15th, 2009

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

  • Nematodes in your kitchen

Nematodes in your kitchen

  • April 15th, 2009

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

A more sustainable strategy

  • April 15th, 2009

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

Poland's American connection

  • April 15th, 2009

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. [...]

  • Puzzling outbreak

Puzzling outbreak

  • April 15th, 2009

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

  • Volatile prices

Volatile prices

  • April 15th, 2009

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

  • New market direction

New market direction

  • April 15th, 2009

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

  • Good to Know – Julie Tarara

Good to Know – Julie Tarara

  • April 15th, 2009

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

Frequent frosts and freezes

  • April 15th, 2009

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 [...]

  • Stop puncturevine

Stop puncturevine

  • April 15th, 2009

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

  • Poland is well situated

Poland is well situated

  • April 15th, 2009

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

Soil or tissue test?

  • April 15th, 2009

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

Profitability lies in marketing

  • April 15th, 2009

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

Work in progress

  • April 15th, 2009

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

  • Green light for Kanzi

Green light for Kanzi

  • April 15th, 2009

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

Nematodes in Washington

  • April 15th, 2009

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

Good Point – Ed Wittenbach

  • April 15th, 2009

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 [...]