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Seeing Green

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

Make the dessert featured on the cover

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Another set of eyes

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Fieldma’am Joan Johnson talks with Tom Garrison during the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers’s summer tour. In the 30

Producing profitable peaches

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

Vines in hot water

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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 the

Recognizing vine cankers

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

Harvest aids

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

More online organic courses

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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 lead

Use cultural practices to manage pests

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Cultural practices and pest management must be balanced, says Michael Costello. Management practices for one kind of pest can affect nontargeted

Varieties must be moneymakers

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Guy Ligonniere, right, shows the small bin trailers used during harvest. French apple breeder Joris Nicolleau is on the left. At

New orchard owners value their employees

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Francisco Ramirez, left, a graduate of Wenatchee Valley College’s Hispanic Orchard Employee Education Program, is a full-time orchard worker and part-time grower.Right, Humberto

Pruning cold-injured grapes

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

Goodbye plum, hello cherry

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

Vintage views

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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. Apple

Do-it-yourself wasp control

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Growers can make this wasp trap by cutting off the top of a plastic liter soda bottle, inverting the top, and placing it

Loans for producers

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

A better life

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

Benefits of cover crops in vines

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Cover crops can do more than fight weeds and improve the health of vineyard soils. Growers in California are finding the right crop can

A new focus on economics

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

Keep the customer satisfied

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

New and improved stone fruits

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

Versatile robot

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

Apple Matters

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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 to

Practical aid to Afghans

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

$9 million for tree fruit research

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

Good Stuff

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

More students going into ag

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

Competitive pear system

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

Quick Bites

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

Breeder focuses on resistance

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Delbard Nursery uses tissue culture to produce up to 1.5 million rootstocks each year. Delbard Nursery is quick to adopt new

Mrachek heads young Hort board

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

Good to Go

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

Apple appellation

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

New Hort president grasps opportunities

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Laura Mrachek is the new Washington State Hort Association president. As the new president of the Washington State Horticultural Association, Laura

Good Job

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

Rosy outlook for blush apples

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

First Bite

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

Change Creates Opportunities in Asian Markets

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Cheap Chinese apples have replaced Washington apples in many wet market stalls. Although the average export price for Washington apples during

Enclosed orchards

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

Industry leaders honored

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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 College

W trees

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

Consulting can be mutually beneficial

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Consulting for wineries helped Charlie Hoppes establish his own winery. The benefits from consulting often go two ways, according to

Extra-healthy apples?

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

Consultants provide expertise

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

Good to Know

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