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Soils & Weed Control

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

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New biofumigant registered

  • April 22nd, 2014

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 [...]

New herbicide — resistant crops

  • April 21st, 2014

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 [...]

  • DriftWatch grows

DriftWatch grows

  • April 21st, 2014
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.
  • Managing orchard weeds

Managing orchard weeds

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.

Steve Black joins Holtzinger

  • April 16th, 2014

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

  • Calculate target yield

Calculate target yield

  • April 16th, 2014

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

In the Box

  • April 15th, 2014

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 [...]

  • Growers face land constraints

Growers face land constraints

  • April 15th, 2014
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.
  • Herbicide-resistance raises concerns

Herbicide-resistance raises concerns

  • April 15th, 2014
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

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. [...]

  • Organic matter that lasts

Organic matter that lasts

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.
  • Managing Honeycrisp nutrition

Managing Honeycrisp nutrition

  • April 14th, 2014

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

The fruit disorder [...]