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Diseases & Disorders

Featured stories about diseases and disorders appear in this issue.

  • Long wait for immigration reform

Long wait for immigration reform

  • February 15th, 2010

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 [...]

  • Conversations with the city

Conversations with the city

  • February 15th, 2010

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, [...]

Good to know – Rayapati

  • February 15th, 2010

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

  • Choosing a nursery and trees

Choosing a nursery and trees

  • February 15th, 2010

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 [...]

  • Choosing type of tree

Choosing type of tree

  • February 15th, 2010

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 [...]

  • Fireblight without antibiotics

Fireblight without antibiotics

  • February 15th, 2010

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 [...]

  • Types of trees

Types of trees

  • February 15th, 2010

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 [...]

  • Scab control more challenging

Scab control more challenging

  • February 15th, 2010

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

Stretching storage of Honeycrisp

  • February 15th, 2010

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

Questions to ask a prospective nursery

  • February 15th, 2010

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 [...]

Searching for cherry cracking strategies

  • February 15th, 2010

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 [...]

  • Next generation branches out

Next generation branches out

  • February 15th, 2010

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 [...]