Featured stories about diseases and disorders, as well as irrigation appear in this issue.
The National Organic Standards Board is a federal advisory committee that makes the decisions on which inputs can be used in organic agriculture. Generally, [...]
Before the 1960s, there were no antibiotics to help orchardists control fireblight, one of the most destructive diseases of pears and apples. Copper materials [...]
The National Organic Standards Board has 15 members who serve five-year terms, though the terms are not equally staggered.
The membership is comprised of four [...]
Fireblight is a plant disease of apples and pears caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora. It is native to North America where it resides [...]
1 Which of the following is not a fruit symptom of little cherry disease?
a. Small size
b. Poor color
c. High acids
Photos courtesy of Bhaskar Bondada
A shrivel is not just a shrivel.
Of the various types of shrivel impacting grape quality, sour shrivel is especially unwanted [...]
As the incoming managing editor of Good Fruit Grower, each day I walk past a framed copy of the magazine’s first issue, published in [...]
Herbivore-induced plant volatile (HIPV) lure to attract natural enemies in orchards.
Monitoring is one of the key components of any successful integrated pest management program, [...]
In the past, grape growers have mistaken any shrivel in their fruit for grape berry shrivel, also known as sour shrivel, says Washington State [...]
Pear and apple orchardists have a fairly broad field of products to use in controlling fireblight—and it should get even more crowded in the [...]
Considerable time is required to recoup the increased establishment costs that accompany higher density plantings given the precocity challenges associated with commercially available pear [...]
More and more, fruit growers—even in wet climates—are installing irrigation systems at planting time. While growers in Washington State, Idaho, and other arid western [...]
Antibiotics have long been key disease control materials for fireblight, one of the few uses of antibiotics in plant agriculture. These materials are natural [...]
New technology combining hydroponics and drip irrigation is being used to grow fruit trees, offering benefits to orchardists in water-starved regions. The [...]
Scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, looking for ways that growers can save water without affecting fruit quality or yields, see potential for [...]
In 2011, when the National Organic Standards Board made a formal recommendation to the National Organic Program to permit oxytetracyline for fireblight control in [...]
Bleeding (inset photo) caused by root pressure is associated with bud swell and bud break. Bleeding sap is collected from a potted Merlot grapevine [...]
In April, the National Organic Standards Board will decide whether organic apple and pear growers in the United States will be allowed to [...]
Washington State University Extension has released a new irrigation manual for vineyards, clarifying irrigation options and strategies for juice and wine grape producers in [...]
Carmela Beck, organic program manager, Driscoll’s Strawberry Associates, Inc., Watsonville, California.
Colehour Bondera, owner, Kanalani Ohana Farm, Honaunau, Hawaii.
Dr. Wendy Fulwider, animal husbandry [...]
Fruit growers in British Columbia, Canada, centered in the Okanagan Valley but with sizeable operations in the Similkameen and Creston valleys and other regions, [...]
Nurseries working to provide apple growers with the well-branched, “feathered” trees they want to plant can use the chemical MaxCel and will find it [...]
Unrealistic expectations of sale value contributed to delays in the disposal of surplus properties held by the Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative, says Alan Tyabji, [...]
Ladina, a new high-quality apple variety with low susceptibility to fireblight and mildew, has been developed by a Swiss research station. The variety is [...]
New technology is coming to the apple and pear industry to help control fireblight. Actigard is a systemic compound with a unique mode of [...]