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Horticulture, Viticulture

Featured stories about horticulture and viticulture appear in this issue.

  • Breeding program bears fruit

Breeding program bears fruit

  • February 15th, 2009

Apple breeder Dr. Kate Evans says sequencing of the human genome led to huge advances in genomics and development of technologies and [...]

Spreading fireblight

  • February 15th, 2009

A German mechanical blossom thinner has potential to reduce hand thinning in tree fruit orchards, but it also can spread fireblight from infected blocks [...]

Powdery mildew

  • February 15th, 2009

Cherry growers soon will be able to have powdery mildew alerts delivered through their cell phones, says the director of Washington State University’s AgWeatherNet. [...]

Look out for leafroll

  • February 15th, 2009

Grapevine leafroll virus, able to spread through vineyards from infected propagation material, vectors, human activity, and root grafting, is a growing problem in Washington [...]

  • Delving into pitting

Delving into pitting

  • February 15th, 2009

An example of surface pitting on Sweetheart cherries. Surface pitting in sweet cherries is a common, yet complex problem that [...]

Keeping vine mealybug out

  • February 15th, 2009

Oregon’s wine industry, worried about the threat of vine mealybug and potential for rapid spread of grapevine leafroll virus, is taking proactive steps to [...]

Action on immigration reform?

  • February 15th, 2009

Although there is consensus that comprehensive immigration reform legislation will not be addressed in 2009, there are signs that reform specific to agriculture could [...]

Deadly combination

  • February 15th, 2009

Though several species of the grape mealybug complex have been found to transmit grapevine leafroll virus, it’s the vine mealybug that is most feared. [...]

Good Stuff

  • February 15th, 2009

Low-profile cab Blueline Equipment Company of Moxee, Washington, has developed a low-profile cab designed specifically to fit on Kubota tractor models M8540 [...]

  • Fan leaf in Washington State

Fan leaf in Washington State

  • February 15th, 2009

Classic symptoms of fan leaf virus on Pinot Noir include yellowing leaf discoloration. Washington State grape growers should be on [...]

  • Disease potential

Disease potential

  • February 15th, 2009

This cluster was infected with downy mildew about two weeks before bloom. Washington growers would likely see this type of infection from [...]

Cap and trade: pros and cons

  • February 15th, 2009

Here’s how a cap and trade system works: —A government entity sets a limit (cap) on the amount of a "pollutant," such as carbon [...]

  • Storing Honeycrisp

Storing Honeycrisp

  • February 15th, 2009

Left: Soft scald on Honeycrisp. Right: Honeycrisp with soggy breakdown. Honeycrisp is a challenging apple to grow, and the challenges [...]

  • Controlling pear scald

Controlling pear scald

  • February 15th, 2009

Kristi Deschuytter is working to find new scald A popular ripening inhibitor used on apples can control superficial scald [...]

  • Scab resistance breakdown

Scab resistance breakdown

  • February 15th, 2009

Apple scab is the most important disease in the Midwest. Scab-resistant apple cultivars are more resistant than their nonresistant cousins, [...]

B.C. orchardists reach out

  • February 15th, 2009

At a time when fruit growers in British Columbia, Canada, were feeling the pinch of a sinking economy, they reached out to help needy [...]