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Diseases & Disorders

Featured stories about diseases and disorders appear in this issue.

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Choosing a nursery and trees

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This is the fourth in a series of articles covering all aspects of planning and establishing a competitive orchard.

Before committing significant money to a nursery

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Choosing type of tree

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Left, Sleeping eye. Middle: Standard tree. Right: Potted trees. Bottom: Bench grafts.

Several types of trees are available from nurseries for planting, with costs as varied

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Types of trees

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Workers harvest two-year-old Honeycrisp trees at C&O Nursery in Quincy, Washington.

Bench graft: Starts out as a rootstock, with the rootstock taken out of the layer bed

Stretching storage of Honeycrisp

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As production volumes increase for Honeycrisp apples, the need for a longer marketing window becomes more important. Researchers like Ines Hanrahan are looking for ways

Searching for cherry cracking strategies

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When researching rain-induced cracking of sweet cherries, it’s obvious that rain is a requirement. Two years of research, though yielding little rain-induced cracking, have shown

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Next generation branches out

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The Young Grower Alliance is growing. It’s still shy of its official fourth birthday, but the YGA has expanded beyond its southeastern Pennsylvania roots to

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Long wait for immigration reform

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Every year, the Valicoff Fruit Company in the Yakima Valley dutifully sends off W-2 tax forms for its pickers. President Rob ­Valicoff says he requires

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Conversations with the city

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Orchardists represent a sliver of American agriculture. Most of our nation’s farmers grow field crops such as corn, wheat, and soybeans. Many raise livestock, for

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Last Bite – From timber to apples

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Arden Harris was a member of a family that pioneered in the development of the lumber resources of the Entiat and Waterville regions of north

Good to know – Rayapati

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Grapevine fanleaf, an infectious degenerative disease, is the oldest known viral disease of grapevines. It is believed that fanleaf virus originated from ancient Persia and

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Storing organic apples is not easy

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As Washington growers have ramped up production of organic apples, the volume of apples going into storage has also increased, and with it, the need

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Controlling mildew in organic cherries

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Powdery mildew is a tough disease to control for Pacific Northwest cherry growers, but it’s even tougher for organic growers who have limited fungicides to

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Fireblight without antibiotics

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Orchards that have secondary bloom or have later-blooming varieties are more at risk for fireblight infection.

Controlling fireblight without antibiotics is doable, but it requires an

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Scab control more challenging

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Apple scab overwinters in infected leaves on the orchard floor. Spores from the dead leaves are produced in the spring and can cause primary infection

Questions to ask a prospective nursery

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Ask the following questions before choosing a nursery, ­suggests Cameron Nursery’s Paul Tvergyak.

Longevity—How long has the company been in business?

Reputation—Is the company reputable and known

Moving larger crops in the future

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Focus on what you can control was the message given to growers by cherry marketers who shared thoughts on how to move larger cherry crops