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Soils & Nutrients

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  • Not enough canned pears

Not enough canned pears

  • April 16th, 2014
Pacific Northwest pear processors are raising grower prices to $300 per ton this season in hopes of sourcing more Bartlett pears for the processed market.
  • Weed ZAPPER


  • April 15th, 2013

Engineer Graham Brodie developed the microwave weed-killing machine. Four microwave horn antennae at the back end, each about four inches wide, transmit and direct [...]

  • Hidden costs of rodent control

Hidden costs of rodent control

  • April 15th, 2013

Rodents—particularly voles, ground squirrels, and gophers—can have a big economic impact on orchard and vineyard production costs.
Rodents cause obvious damage to orchards and [...]

Rescue thinning

  • April 15th, 2013

If you’ve thinned and thinned and there are still too many apples on the trees, there is one more growth regulator treatment you can [...]

  • Your management program matters

Your management program matters

  • April 15th, 2013

LEFT: Above left: Adult A. mali are affected by most of the tested reduced-risk pesticides. RIGHT: The parasitic wasp Aphelinus mali attacks woolly apple [...]

  • Orchard ground covers

Orchard ground covers

  • April 15th, 2013

For 21 years now, Dr. Ian Merwin has tended a 320-tree apple orchard on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake near Cornell ­University’s Ithaca [...]

  • The root of the matter

The root of the matter

  • April 15th, 2013

This excavated root system is from a 40-year-old Concord own-rooted vine.

Grapes, with their flowing vines and lack of inherent [...]

  • WSU seeks licensee

WSU seeks licensee

  • April 15th, 2013

Washington State University’s Research Foundation, which owns the new WA 38 apple, has issued an “announcement of opportunity” inviting individuals, companies, or cooperatives that [...]

  • Choose your poison carefully

Choose your poison carefully

  • April 15th, 2013

A barn owl nesting box at Omeg Orchards. Notice the metal underneath the box that’s used to prevent raccoons from climbing the pole to [...]

  • The BIG Stomach

The BIG Stomach

  • April 15th, 2013

RIGHT: Workers pack apples in the modern facility built two years ago at Crist Bros. in Walden, New York. The packing plant serves only [...]

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • April 15th, 2013

    1    Dagger nematodes are vectors of which virus?

a.    Prune dwarf
b.    Tomato ring spot
c.    Professor Plum pox
d.    Prunus necrotic ring spot


Testing tree health

  • April 15th, 2013

Dennis Smith, horticulturist with G.S. Long Company, Inc., in Yakima, Washington, has been doing soil and leaf sampling for fruit growers for over 20 [...]

  • Evaluating grape sites

Evaluating grape sites

  • April 15th, 2013

Michelle Moyer demonstrates how WSU’s vineyard site evaluation computer model works.

Dr. Michelle Moyer, Washington State University’s statewide viticulture extension specialist, [...]

Nutrient information needed

  • April 15th, 2013

As yield expectations have soared in recent years, so has the importance of nutrient management.

Apple growers who were once happy harvesting 60 bins per [...]

Hudson Valley’s wholesalers

  • April 15th, 2013

Two of the largest wholesale operations on the International Fruit Tree Association tour in New York were Crist Brothers Orchards at Walden and Porpiglia [...]

  • Beware of weed resistance

Beware of weed resistance

  • April 15th, 2013

It’s particularly important to keep up with weed control in a young orchard because the weeds compete with the [...]

The Top Five

  • April 15th, 2013

Soil has been called the “living skin” of planet Earth, an essential but fragile part of the bio­sphere. As such, it responds negatively to [...]