Project Description

Seeing Green

Featured stories about harvest aids, cover recipe, online organic courses appear in this issue.

Good Stuff

  • December 1st, 2008

The SZR Elecktronik can harvest up to 1,100 plum, cherry, or olive trees in 12 hours. Bottom, The larger track footprint of [...]

Competitive pear system

  • December 1st, 2008

Chuck Peters’ experimental pear planting includes both upright and angled trellises Chuck Peters hopes an experimental planting at his pear [...]

Pruning cold-injured grapes

  • December 1st, 2008

Dr. Markus Keller received a “viticulture paper of the year” award for his pruning study on cold-injured Merlot grapevines. The [...]

Extra-healthy apples?

  • December 1st, 2008

The idea of enriching apples with additional antioxidants elicited a wide range of reactions in a consumer study conducted by Washington State University. Consumers’ [...]

Quick Bites

  • December 1st, 2008

Risk Management in Spanish The Washington State Department of Agriculture has produced a five-disc set of audio compact discs in Spanish for Latino [...]

Mrachek heads young Hort board

  • December 1st, 2008

Wenatchee businesswoman and fruit grower Laura Mrachek becomes the 104th president of the Washington State Horticultural Association this month and the first woman to [...]

Good to Know

  • December 1st, 2008

The thickness of the fruit wall is maintained by mechanical pruning performed annually six or seven weeks after bloom, as shown in [...]

Good to Go

  • December 1st, 2008

Learn to Use TEAM A series of free computer workshops has been scheduled to teach growers how to use A Grower’s Technology Economic [...]

Producing profitable peaches

  • December 1st, 2008

The Valentine peach, a French-bred white peach, produced 400 fruits per tree in the second leaf. Right upper, Fruit size is not [...]

Good Job

  • December 1st, 2008

New extension economist The comparative costs of organic and conventional apple production is a topic Washington State University Extension economist Mykel Taylor wishes [...]

First Bite

  • December 1st, 2008

by Bruce Grim
Happy 104th birthday to the Washington State Horticultural Association! Anything one hundred years old or older in the Pacific Northwest is [...]

New and improved stone fruits

  • December 1st, 2008

Left, Bergarouge apricot from the INRA breeding program. Top right, Bloody flesh nectarines. Bottom right, Favel apricot. Bloody-fleshed nectarines, plum [...]

Vines in hot water

  • December 1st, 2008

Hot water treatment of grapevines is an important—and in some cases, mandatory—tool for controlling the spread of pests and disease, but for some growers [...]

Harvest aids

  • December 1st, 2008

A foam-lined picking box, with curtained bottom, is used during harvest at D-L orchards. Right, stepladders are stored until harvest time. [...]

Practical aid to Afghans

  • December 1st, 2008

Afghan orchard owner Mohammad Younus (left), now deceased, talks with Roots of Peace Extension team leader Pohanyar Pir Mohammad. Grape cartons were [...]

More online organic courses

  • December 1st, 2008

Washington State University, the first U.S. university to offer an online certificate in organic agriculture, has expanded its course offerings. Three new courses that [...]

Industry leaders honored

  • December 1st, 2008

Six Washington State tree fruit and grape industry leaders were recently inducted into the Hall of Honored Alumni and Friends by Washington State University’s [...]

More students going into ag

  • December 1st, 2008

Valley College ag instructor, Leo GarciaA year ago, just four students enrolled as freshmen to study agriculture at Wenatchee Valley College in [...]

Goodbye plum, hello cherry

  • December 1st, 2008

When the manager of an orchard at Manson, Washington, told grafter Ken Coates that he was thinking of pulling out an Amber Jewel plum [...]

Vintage views

  • December 1st, 2008

by Terry EdwardsA new postcard book published by the Canadian Kelowna Museums offers a nostalgic window into the evolution of British Columbia’s orchard industry. [...]

Loans for producers

  • December 1st, 2008

Brian and Joe Nicholson, Jr., of Red Jacket Orchards used a local producer loan from Whole Foods Markets to erect tunnels over [...]

Consultants provide expertise

  • December 1st, 2008

John Bookwalter says his winemaking style reflects the consultant’s but remains his own. The Bookwalter family has been making wines [...]

Apple appellation

  • December 1st, 2008

Hail nets are a necessity in Limousin, France, where it hails “ten years out of ten years, and some years, four times.” [...]

A better life

  • December 1st, 2008

Cousins and partners Heriberto Espinoza (left) and Rogelio Mora started out as orchard workers, then leased orchards, and were eventually able to [...]

A new focus on economics

  • December 1st, 2008

Dr. Karina Gallardo is a new Washington State University Extension economist from Peru.Scientists at Washington State University are working on many innovations for [...]

Another set of eyes

  • December 1st, 2008

Fieldma’am Joan Johnson talks with Tom Garrison during the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers’s summer tour. In the [...]

Rosy outlook for blush apples

  • December 1st, 2008

A box of Blush Rose Golden Delicious apples. Below, Perlim barcode scanner. Perlim, a French growers’ cooperative that packs and [...]

Keep the customer satisfied

  • December 1st, 2008

Christian Hilaire, French stone fruit researcher, is working to define stone fruit taste indicators for retail use to help consumers. [...]

Versatile robot

  • December 1st, 2008

Dr. Derek Morikawa In developing a robotic apple-picking system, Vision Robotics Corporation has taken a revolutionary two-step approach that involves [...]

Recognizing vine cankers

  • December 1st, 2008

Botryosphaeria is often overlooked as a pathogen for canker diseases of grapevines, but Dr. Doug Gubler of the University of California, Davis wants [...]

Enclosed orchards

  • December 1st, 2008

Myriam Siham, entomologist, says that several growers are experimenting with using hail nets to keep insects out of apple orchards. [...]

Apple Matters

  • December 1st, 2008

Did you have enough workers to harvest your crop? Will you next year? How could proposed food-safety regulations affect your business? Will apples continue [...]

$9 million for tree fruit research

  • December 1st, 2008

Three research and extension projects designed to improve the competitiveness of the tree fruit industry have together been awarded more than $9 million in [...]

W trees

  • December 1st, 2008

Delbard Nursery has found a niche in the retail market growing “ready-to-fruit” trees for backyard gardeners. Delbard has found success [...]