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Soils & Nutrients

Featured stories about soils and nutrients appear in this issue.

  • A remedy for blind wood

A remedy for blind wood

  • April 15th, 2010

The branches of this young Fuji tree suffer from blind wood.

Blind wood is a growth characteristic of certain fruit varieties, where buds at the [...]

  • Effective fruit thinning

Effective fruit thinning

  • April 15th, 2010

To evaluate thinning effectiveness using the “fruitlet model,” individual apples must be labeled and measured two or three times to assess their rate of [...]

In the Box

  • April 15th, 2010

Dear Good Fruit Grower:

As the oldest grandchild of Arden Harris and daughter of Ardenvoir Merlin Harris, I thank you for the excellent article [February [...]

Fumigation rules delayed

  • April 15th, 2010

New regulations on the use of agricultural fumigants, due to go into effect at the beginning of this year, have been delayed, possibly until [...]

  • Organic matter matters

Organic matter matters

  • April 15th, 2010

Soils are one of the most complex biological communities. A teaspoon of soil has more than 180 million bacteria, according to USDA’s Hal Collins.

Managing [...]

  • Compost does good things

Compost does good things

  • April 15th, 2010

Growers can often make their own compost, reducing some of the transportation costs from trucking it in to the orchard or vineyard.

Good stuff happens [...]

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  • April 15th, 2010

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  • Organic fertilizer calculator

Organic fertilizer calculator

  • April 15th, 2010

Oregon State University has developed a tool to help growers compare the cost, nutrient value, and nitrogen availability of organic fertilizers.

The Organic Fertilizer Calculator [...]

Eye on the Middle East

  • April 15th, 2010

Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirates, is the major fruit import port in the Persian Gulf with its trade tentacles reaching to Yemen [...]

  • Options for weed control

Options for weed control

  • April 15th, 2010

Good weed control is most important early in the season, but fall may be a better time to get the job done.

Good weed control [...]

Good to Go

  • April 15th, 2010

Susan Pheasant of Wenatchee, Washington, and Mauricio Frías of Curicó, Chile, are organizing an ­intensive technical tour of sweet cherry orchards in the Pacific [...]

  • Nutrition guidelines for grapes

Nutrition guidelines for grapes

  • April 15th, 2010

Dr. Joan Davenport, who has long championed the need for grape nutrition guidelines specific to the Pacific Northwest, is in the process of publishing [...]

Micronutrients for juice grapes

  • April 15th, 2010

Though results are preliminary, representing only the first year of work, a research project studying micronutrient utilization by juice grapevines has found that timing [...]

  • Renewal on the Ridge

Renewal on the Ridge

  • April 15th, 2010

Orchardists on Fruit Ridge northwest of Grand Rapids, Michigan, suffered mightily when the market for processing apples weakened in the last decade of the [...]

  • Constructing a trellis

Constructing a trellis

  • April 15th, 2010

When planting an orchard, don’t forget to leave room for the anchor, which is the most critical component of a trellis. It should be [...]