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Control of Diseases & Disorders

Featured stories about diseases and disorders appear in this issue.

Should there be quality standards for red cherries?

February 15th, 2007|0 Comments

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The 2006 Pacific Northwest cherry season was mixed, with some areas hit by rain and high temperatures that resulted in poor quality. Cherry packers shipped

Mildew develops resistance

February 15th, 2007|0 Comments

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Cherry powdery mildew is developing resistance to common fungicides in some Pacific Northwest orchards, according to preliminary data from Oregon State University. Powdery mildew

Last Bite: So Good You Can Eat Them in the Dark!

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Stubbs Fruit & Storage Company was founded in 1920 and enjoyed, perhaps, the most phenomenal growth of any fruit business

A dreaded virus

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Plum pox virus, a stone fruit disease first found in the United States eight years ago, has the potential to spread to major fruit-growing regions

Resistant varieties in the pipeline

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Dr. Jim Olmstead, manager of Washington State University’s cherry breeding program at Prosser, has developed two new cherry varieties which may be resistant to powdery

The Spoils of Winter

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From November through February, icy winter winds reach down from the Arctic and grip the Pacific Northwest where Good Fruit Grower is based. During the

Grape growers surveyed on shrivel

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Berry shrivel affects between 5 to 10 percent of Washington’s grape crop, according to a recent Washington State University survey. Questions about the

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Grape disorder shrivels profits

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Berry shrivel, a problem in vineyards around the world, results in sour-tasting grapes that are unwanted by wineries. Berry shrivel,

Bois noir is a big concern

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With the recent find of a new phytoplasma disease north of the Washington State-Canada border, grape growers should be extra vigilant of what’s happening in

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Beware of grapevine yellows

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Wine grapes infected by Flavescence dorée, showing brown, shrivelled fruits. The discovery of the disease Bois noir in a South Okanagan

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Final chapter for apricots?

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The versatile Patterson variety is the most widely planted apricot in California and can be used in fresh and processed markets.

Sweet potential

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Despite a less than stellar sweet cherry season last year, marketers are optimistic about the coming crop and expect retailer enthusiasm to return as long

Diversify to survive

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Apricots are still the mainstay at Lucich and Santos Farms, though only one Tilton apricot tree remains from what used to be the primary variety

Avoiding bleach damage to fruit

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Research in California has shown that the liquid bleach sodium hypochlorite, which is commonly used in apple packing systems, can cause skin damage on apples.

Too hot for fireblight?

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Scientists in Washington State are reassessing fireblight control strategies following the 2006 season, when there were surprisingly few outbreaks. In theory, after widespread fireblight

Easy steps help reduce brown rot

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Simple cultural practices can dramatically help reduce brown rot pressure in stone fruit orchards, but fungicides will also be necessary for control. Eradication is impossible

New network to assure virus-free plants

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A proposed National Clean Plant Network would help protect the United States from exotic plant pests and pathogens. Provisions for the network are

Plum pox in Michigan

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The lone discovery of plum pox virus in a peach tree in Michigan State University’s tree fruit breeding program puts significant constraints on the program,

Apple Matters

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With almost two months of 2007 behind us, there is still room to peer into the crystal ball at the challenges and opportunities that the