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Rots & Spots, Disease & Disorders

Featured stories about rot, spots, disease, and disorders appear in this issue.

Combatting fireblight

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Many of the apple and pear cultivars grown today are susceptible or highly susceptible to fireblight.   Fireblight, caused by the

Finding and keeping employees

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In a competitive labor environment, what would make a person want to come work for your –business, and stay there? Jorge Estrada of Leadership

Good question

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Wilfrid Mennell Organic apple grower, Cawston Find a nicheBritish Columbia, which produced around 4.5 million boxes of apples this year, is of a

B.C. fruit co-ops join forces

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Apples are packed at the B.C. Fruit Packers plant. In an effort to enhance and streamline operations, the four Canadian fruit

Consider organic

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After being asked by key apple processors to encourage growers to produce organic fruit, the Michigan Apple Committee sponsored a study to analyze the organic

Why retailers are so demanding

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Today’s retailers are more demanding of producers than they’ve ever been, and that’s because their strategic thinking starts with satisfying the consumer, says Peter Austin,

Reducing sweet cherry doubling

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Instance of cherry doubling ranges from 5 to 15% in the Pacific Northwest, depending on the year and the cultivar. Matthew

Good sanitation saves fruit

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Good sanitation at both the orchard and the packing house is key to minimizing fruit rots, Dr. Robert Spotts emphasized during Washington State University’s Apple

Analyzing sustainability

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The grass in the drive row of an orchard is a free resource that growers might be able to use to improve the sustainability of

Low-risk disease controls

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A lack of reduced-risk fungicides makes it difficult to control cherry leaf spot without using traditional chemicals, reports Dr. George Sundin, plant pathologist at Michigan

Disease Insight

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Young trees with fireblight strikes A new growing season approaches, and behind the expanding buds lurk the pests and diseases that

In search of canker resistance

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Oregon orchardists Mitchell Huru of Hood River (left), Peter Winnick of Medford (center), and Bill Reeves of Mosier check a canker on a

Apple spots & rots

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Glomerella leaf spot causes irregular spots on the leaves and can defoliate an orchard by harvest. Glomerella is showing up in Gala and

Last Bite

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Roy and Theo Thornton sold their Okanogan County apples under two of their own labels, Britevale and Thornton’s. Operating their own warehouse had

Mint compost in organic orchards

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Spent peppermint and spearmint hay left over after distillation is finding good use in several Washington State organic fruit orchards. The compost, which

Michigan organic growers survey highlights

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• From 1997–2005, Michigan’s certified organic cropland increased by 166 percent; the United States as a whole increased 63 percent over the same

Midwest organic apples can be profitable

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xCan it really pay to grow organic apples in the upper Midwest in a climate that encourages diseases that are often difficult to control with

Michigan surveys organic growers

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Michigan’s organic agriculture has followed the national trend, with acreage of certified crops more than doubling from 1997 to 2005. However, Michigan’s organic fruit acreage

Teaming up for health

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Dr. Cynthia Thomson, registered dietician, advocates that people eat whole fruits and vegetables for health and nutrition instead of relying on dietary supplements.

Branching agent registered

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Anew growth regulator that nurseries can use to promote branching of young apple and cherry trees should be available for use this year. Dr.

Dangerous combination

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Dr. Naidu Rayapati says that the discovery of mixed virus infections in grape vineyards makes thorough testing more important than before.

Good contracts

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When finding buyers for their crop, many grape growers look for wineries they can call friends. After all, the wine industry is built on relationships,