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Soils & Weed Control

Featured stories covering soils and weed control issues appear in this issue.

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Be careful in adopting summer hedging to build fruiting walls

April 22nd, 2014|0 Comments

A Pennsylvania researcher warns growers south of New York, where trees grow more vigorously, that they might want to take a cautious approach on adoption of summer pruning and shearing to create fruiting walls.

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Prevention is best strategy

April 22nd, 2014|0 Comments

Mites continue to develop resistance to new miticides.

New biofumigant registered

April 22nd, 2014|0 Comments

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A soil biofumigant developed for both conventional and organic farms offers a new tool in what is becoming an increasingly restrictive practice.

Soil fumigation helps eliminate

New herbicide — resistant crops

April 21st, 2014|0 Comments

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Both Dow Agrosciences and Monsanto Company expect to have new herbicide-resistant crops and new herbicides available in 2015.

Dow is developing Enlist corn, which is resistant

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New tests measure soil health

April 21st, 2014|0 Comments

New measuring tests allow growers to track the impact of soil management changes.

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Four reasons to manage the orchard floor

April 21st, 2014|0 Comments

Several forces at work suggest that orchardists should look more closely at how they manage the floors of their orchards and vineyards.

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DriftWatch grows

April 21st, 2014|0 Comments

pecialty crops growers, especially those who grow grapes, will have new cause for concern in 2015 when new genetically modified field crops are expected to come to fields near their orchards and vineyards.

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Managing orchard weeds

April 21st, 2014|1 Comment

Fruit growers are always looking for better, cheaper ways of controlling vegetation under the trees in their orchards, but, in general, weed control gets more expensive and more complicated.

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Chlorosis in Concords

April 18th, 2014|0 Comments

Dr. Joan Davenport is looking for cost effective treatments for chlorosis in Concord grapes.

Steve Black joins Holtzinger

April 16th, 2014|0 Comments

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Steve Black has been appointed sales manager of Holtzinger Fruit Company, Yakima, Washington. He was previously on the sales desk at Sage Fruit Company, Yakima,

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Calculate target yield

April 16th, 2014|0 Comments

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Many factors contribute to the profitability of an orchard. The two most important factors are marketable yield per hectare and the price received for the

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Uncertain future for Meyer Orchards

April 16th, 2014|1 Comment

Ron Meyer, nearing retirement and without a transition plan, sees a murky future for his pear orchard.

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Kate Moser, Young Grower from Walnut Grove, California

April 15th, 2014|0 Comments

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age / 33
crops / wine grapes, 200 acres in apples, 100 acres pears,
business / Darsie, Hutchinson & Pettigrew, Inc.
education / English and journalism focus
other experience

In the Box

April 15th, 2014|0 Comments

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Puffer research
Dear Good Fruit Grower:
I am a University of California pomology farm advisor and have worked in the pear industry for going on 26 years. I

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Growers face land constraints

April 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Fruit growers in British Columbia , Canada, may still stand tall as leaders in high-density orchard systems, but they can only wonder at the enormity of the Washington apple industry across their southern border.

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Herbicide-resistance raises concerns

April 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Specialty crops growers, especially those who grow grapes, will have new cause for concern in 2015 when new genetically modified field crops are expected to come to fields near their orchards and vineyards.

Quick Bites for April 15, 2014

April 15th, 2014|0 Comments

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Apple Commission appoints officers

Barbara Walkenhauer of Selah succeeded David Douglas as chair of the Washington Apple Commission at the board’s annual meeting in March. Jon

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Chardonnay’s future in Washington

April 14th, 2014|0 Comments

Chardonnay is at a crossroads in Washington State as the state becomes a red-dominated wine state.

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Pay attention to the soil

April 14th, 2014|0 Comments

Growers should pay more attention to the soil.

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Organic matter that lasts

April 14th, 2014|2 Comments

Tree fruit growers may one day have a new way to dramatically improve soil quality in low-organic-matter soils. Imagine being able to add organic matter that will last thousands of years, essentially permanently affecting soil tilth and structure, instead of the few years you can get using cover crops and mulches. The “new” form of organic material is called biochar.

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Managing Honeycrisp nutrition

April 14th, 2014|0 Comments

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Balancing the crop load is particularly important with Honeycrisp, which is more susceptible than other apple varieties to problems involving mineral nutrition.

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