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Diseases & Disorders

Featured stories covering diseases & disorders appear in this issue.

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Bunch rot, a different beast

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Michelle Moyer reminds growers who had powdery mildew problems last year to prepare for disease carryover this year. Botrytis bunch

New fungicides benefit from lessons of Benlate

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Fruit growers will have new fungicides this year to help manage diseases as diverse as leaf spot in cherries, scab in apples, and brown

Last Bite–The Empire State apple

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Empire was developed in an effort to combine the sweetness of McIntosh with the flavor of Red Delicious. The Empire

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Strategies for controlling bacterial spot

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The O’Henry peach variety is a poster child, highly susceptible to bacterial spot. Symptoms include fruit spots, leaf spots, and twig cankers.

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Good Stuff

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Tote bagger Graybill Machines, Inc., of Lititz, Pennsylvania, which specializes in designing and building automated machinery, has introduced

Growers fear loss of antibiotics

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The shape of organic apple production in the future could well hinge on decisions made in the next few years about the continued use

In The Box

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What’s the appeal? Dear Good Fruit Grower: I’d like to respond to the recent articles “What’s the appeal of Honeycrisp?” and “Honeycrisp

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A flair for selling fruit

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Left: Sidney Kuhn, 32, owns the direct marketing arm of Kuhn Orchards. Right: David Wenk and uncle carry on the family farm

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Dealing with carbon dioxide sensitivity

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Left: In carbon dioxide-sensitive apple varieties, like these Golden Delicious, fruit harvested early tends to have peel injuries. Right: Internal breakdown occurred in

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New generation finds marketing niche

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Sidney, left, her father David, and Katy Lesser Clowney sort apples that have come back from the market unsold. They may go to

Access to China is near

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It’s been almost two decades since the U.S. pear industry began pushing for access to China, but it finally appears that the market might

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Food alliance certifies eastern orchards

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Last year, Three Springs Fruit Farm, operated by Dave, John, and Ben Wenk in Aspers, Pennsylvania, was certified by

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Manage resistance at the warehouse

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Chang-Lin Xiao recommends that use of Penbotec and Scholar alternate from year to year to preserve their effectiveness against fungal

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Learn to store Honeycrisp

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Above: Honeycrisp is sensitive to chilling disorders such as soggy breakdown. Center top: Radial browning is another common storage problem for Honeycrisp.

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Retail is cool

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Ben, 26, carries on the transition from growing fruit for processing to growing fruit for retail sales Richard Lehnert What

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Exports boost pear returns

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James Foreman advocates expanding exports and giving up segments of the U.S. market to Argentina Lowering f.o.b. prices in a

Contractors are a source of workers

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Using farm labor contractors can be beneficial for both employers and workers, as they can turn sporadic seasonal work into full-time employment, says Dan