Diseases & Disorders
Featured stories about diseases and disorders appear in this issue.
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, [...]
Arden Harris was a member of a family that pioneered in the development of the lumber resources of the Entiat and Waterville regions of [...]
Grapevine fanleaf, an infectious degenerative disease, is the oldest known viral disease of grapevines. It is believed that fanleaf virus originated from ancient Persia [...]
As Washington growers have ramped up production of organic apples, the volume of apples going into storage has also increased, and with it, the [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Apple scab overwinters in infected leaves on the orchard floor. Spores from the dead leaves are produced in the spring and can cause primary [...]
As production volumes increase for Honeycrisp apples, the need for a longer marketing window becomes more important. Researchers like Ines Hanrahan are looking for [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Focus on what you can control was the message given to growers by cherry marketers who shared thoughts on how to move larger cherry [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]