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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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The pear industry has unlimited potential and is ripe for a revolution
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Artist Cheryll Root first saw Good Fruit Grower on the coffee table of her mother-in-law’s home in Prosser, Washington. Cheryll, who lives in Troy, Idaho,
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