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Rots & Spots, Disease & Disorders

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

Good question

  • February 15th, 2008

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

Teaming up for health

  • February 15th, 2008

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

Consider organic

  • February 15th, 2008

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

Branching agent registered

  • February 15th, 2008

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

Dangerous combination

  • February 15th, 2008

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

Analyzing sustainability

  • February 15th, 2008

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

Good contracts

  • February 15th, 2008

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

Disease Insight

  • February 15th, 2008

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

Finding and keeping employees

  • February 15th, 2008

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

Apple spots & rots

  • February 15th, 2008

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

Last Bite

  • February 15th, 2008

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

Why retailers are so demanding

  • February 15th, 2008

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 [...]

Mint compost in organic orchards

  • February 15th, 2008

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

Good sanitation saves fruit

  • February 15th, 2008

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 [...]

Low-risk disease controls

  • February 15th, 2008

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 [...]

In search of canker resistance

  • February 15th, 2008

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

Combatting fireblight

  • February 15th, 2008

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

Michigan surveys organic growers

  • February 15th, 2008

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 [...]