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Soils & Nutrients

Featured stories about soils and nutrients appear in this issue.

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Eye on the Middle East

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

Good to Go

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

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Last Bite – Pioneer of exports to Europe

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The firm of Simons, Shuttleworth, and French Company, Inc., was one of the first to specialize in exporting apples from the Pacific Northwest to England

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Renewal on the Ridge

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

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A remedy for blind wood

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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 basal

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Effective fruit thinning

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

While

In the Box

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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 15,

Fumigation rules delayed

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

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Organic matter matters

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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 soil

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Compost does good things

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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 from

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Organic fertilizer calculator

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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 is

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Options for weed control

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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 is

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Nutrition guidelines for grapes

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

Micronutrients for juice grapes

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

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Constructing a trellis

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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 as