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Diseases, Irrigation

Featured stories about diseases and disorders, as well as irrigation appear in this issue.

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  • Identifying grape shrivels

Identifying grape shrivels

  • February 15th, 2013

In the past, grape growers have mistaken any shrivel in their fruit for grape berry shrivel, also known as sour shrivel, says Washington State [...]

  • Top 5 points when installing irrigation

Top 5 points when installing irrigation

  • February 15th, 2013

For his experimental work, Fallahi has an extensive system of buried irrigation lines and an elaborate irrigation control center.
Photo by Esmaeil Fallahi, University [...]

  • Saving water in early peaches

Saving water in early peaches

  • February 15th, 2013

Dong Wang is testing infrared temperature sensors, like this one, in peach orchards to measure water stress.
Photo by Dong Wang

Scientists with the U.S. [...]

  • Irrigate early if winter is dry

Irrigate early if winter is dry

  • February 15th, 2013

Bleeding (inset photo) caused by root pressure is associated with bud swell and bud break. Bleeding sap is collected from a potted Merlot grapevine [...]

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • February 15th, 2013

1  Which of the following is not a fruit symptom of little cherry disease?
a.    Small size
b.    Poor color
c.    High acids
d.   [...]

  • WSU Grape irrigation bulletin

WSU Grape irrigation bulletin

  • February 15th, 2013

Washington State University Extension has released a new irrigation manual for vineyards, clarifying irrigation options and strategies for juice and wine grape producers in [...]

  • Natural enemy inventory

Natural enemy inventory

  • February 15th, 2013

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, [...]

  • B.C. co-op seeks higher returns

B.C. co-op seeks higher returns

  • February 15th, 2013

Fruit growers in British Columbia, Canada, centered in the Okanagan Valley but with sizeable operations in the Similkameen and Creston valleys and other regions, [...]

B.C. cooperative plans upgrades

  • February 15th, 2013

Unrealistic expectations of sale value contributed to delays in the disposal of surplus properties held by the Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative, says Alan Tyabji, [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • February 15th, 2013

Drip irrigation feeds the hydroponic root bags with water and nutrients.

Hydroponic irrigation
New technology combining hydroponics and drip irrigation is being used to grow [...]

  • Turning on a plant’s defenses

Turning on a plant’s defenses

  • February 15th, 2013

New technology is coming to the apple and pear industry to help control fireblight. Actigard is a systemic compound with a unique mode of [...]

  • Coppers are a fit for organics

Coppers are a fit for organics

  • February 15th, 2013

Before the 1960s, there were no antibiotics to help orchardists control fireblight, one of the most destructive diseases of pears and apples. Copper materials [...]

  • Behind the scenes at the NOSB

Behind the scenes at the NOSB

  • February 15th, 2013

Harold Austin

In April, the National Organic Standards Board will decide whether organic apple and pear growers in the United States will be allowed to [...]

National Organic Standards Board members

  • February 15th, 2013


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 [...]

First Bite: Doing flip-flops

  • February 15th, 2013

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 [...]

  • A replacement for Tiberon

A replacement for Tiberon

  • February 15th, 2013

Experiments were conducted with MaxCel at Van Well Nursery last summer. Here, Bill Howell and Ric Van Well measure tree height and caliper at [...]

  • Fireblight-resistant apple

Fireblight-resistant apple

  • February 15th, 2013

The Ladina comes from a cross of Topaz and Fuji, made in 1999.
Photo by Marcus Kellerhals, ACW

Ladina, a new high-quality apple variety with [...]

  • Fireblight, antibiotics, and the NOSB

Fireblight, antibiotics, and the NOSB

  • February 15th, 2013

David Granatstein

Antibiotics have long been key disease control materials for fireblight, one of the few uses of antibiotics in plant agriculture. These materials are [...]

How the NOSB makes decisions

  • February 15th, 2013

The National Organic Standards Board is a federal advisory committee that makes the decisions on which inputs can be used in organic agriculture. Generally, [...]

  • Who’s on the NOSB

Who’s on the NOSB

  • February 15th, 2013

Miles McEvoy

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 [...]

  • An expensive disorder

An expensive disorder

  • February 15th, 2013

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 [...]