Featured stories about irrigation and labor appear in this issue.
Almost $3 million in government funding earmarked for packing house improvements was announced January 27 at the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association’s annual convention at [...]
Water is plentiful in the fruit-growing area along Lake Michigan’s eastern shore, so it’s not scarcity that’s an issue. The problem is with some [...]
Dead terminal shoots on apple trees caused by infection by fireblight bacteria.
COURTESY OF KERIK COX
Apple growers in New York State were not granted [...]
Having to rely on migrant labor has never been an easy game for fruit growers in British Columbia, Canada.
While a highly mobile work force—usually [...]
Tree fruit growers in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley typically require about 3,300 seasonal workers annually. But working with foreign migrants who come to Canada [...]
Fruit or vegetable packers concerned that their produce may be contaminated with unsafe pathogens will soon have a simple screening method they can use [...]
Entomologists in New York State developed a clever way of keeping an eye out for inroads by the brown marmorated stinkbug. It’s been found [...]
Harold Thoreen of Antoine Creek Vineyard near Chelan, Washington, son Colin, and Harold’s wife Suzanne Haggard taste Northwest Merlot wines during an educational session [...]
Eastern Washington State is the world’s fastest-growing region for blueberry production.
Tree fruit growers anxious about the labor market in the coming season would be [...]
Obliquebanded leafroller larva
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture
Tart cherry growers need to use a modern, effective insecticide to control obliquebanded leafroller about two weeks before [...]
Tom Roach outlined labor options at a recent Washington Growers League meeting.
Growers worried about securing a work force for the coming year have few [...]
Four-year-old Packham trees on Winter Nelis rootstock planted 22.5 cm (9 inches) apart on Open Tatura (9,876 trees per hectare, or 4,000 trees per [...]
Amit Dhingra’s research shows that the new product delays ripening differently than MCP.
An organic compound that has the potential to enhance storability of pears [...]
Fameuse vary in appearance from a fiery, solid-red to striped-red-over-green skin with bright white flesh sometimes streaked with crimson. The fragrance and taste, however, [...]
WSU’s newest variety, WA 38, is a cross of Enterprise and Honeycrisp.
Washington State University has released a third apple variety and is [...]
Merlot grapes have had a strong presence in Washington State since 1956 when the late Dr. Walter Clore brought cuttings into the state, according [...]
Karen Ward runs WSU’s Plant Pest Diagnostic Clinic.
If you find strange rots or spots on your fruit trees or some mysterious ailment, Washington State [...]
Two new pests—the brown marmorated stinkbug and spotted wing drosophila—have snuck into the United Kingdom but are not yet established there.
Two adult brown marmorated [...]
Mike Gempler (facing camera) tours Sage Bluff housing project.
Housing—be it state-subsidized tent programs, onsite grower-owned, or public housing built for seasonal agricultural [...]
Lapins fruit quality was excellent in all three years of the deficit irrigation study.
A significant portion of sweet cherry acreage throughout California [...]
Lucio Machado picks Golden Delicious in a Wenatchee, Washington, orchard.
Fear of a repeat of last fall’s labor shortage in the Pacific Northwest has many [...]
The bin porch offers customers a wide choice, and they can buy any mixture at a fixed price for a full bag. On this [...]
New, healthy products include dried cherries and tart cherry juice.
If you hear the words, “tart cherries,” and a nice oozy red, lattice-topped cherry pie [...]
Chalmers Carr III explained how his new organization is gearing up to achieve a reformed guest-worker program for U.S. farm employers.
Chalmers Carr III doesn’t [...]