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Horticulture, Viticulture

Featured stories about horticulture and viticulture appear in this issue.

Good Stuff

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

B.C. orchardists reach out

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

Carbon credits and markets: Cap and trade comes to Washington

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Our newly elected president has publicly embraced the establishment of a government-mandated "cap and trade" system to help combat global warming. "Cap and trade" refers

Spreading fireblight

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

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Carbon credits require proof

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The majority of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants occurs on the eastern half of the United States. Tree fruit growers

Powdery mildew

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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.

Cap and trade: pros and cons

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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 dioxide

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Delving into pitting

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

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Controlling pear scald

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

Action on immigration reform?

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

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Scab resistance breakdown

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

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Breeding program bears fruit

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

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Last Bite – The Guinan Story

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Rainier Fruit Company exists today as the marketing arm of Zirkle Fruit Company. Lyman Bunting was a 13-year-old orphan in

Look out for leafroll

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

Keeping vine mealybug out

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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 try

Deadly combination

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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. Compared

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Fan leaf in Washington State

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

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Disease potential

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

Fungicides registered for thermofogging

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Fungicides that can be applied to tree fruit in storage by a process called thermofogging have been registered in the United States, and the registrant,

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Storing Honeycrisp

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Left: Soft scald on Honeycrisp. Right: Honeycrisp with soggy breakdown. Honeycrisp is a challenging apple to grow, and the challenges don’t

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Update on bacterial canker of stone fruit

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Bacterial canker, caused by Pseudomonas syringae pvs. syringae (PSS) and morsprunorum, is an important disease of sweet cherry, tart cherry, apricot, and other stone fruit.