Featured stories about diseases and disorders, as well as irrigation appear in this issue.
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, [...]
Fruit growers in British Columbia, Canada, centered in the Okanagan Valley but with sizeable operations in the Similkameen and Creston valleys and other regions, [...]
D’Anjou pear trees in the Apogee trial are shown in November 2012. Left tree is untreated, middle received single application of Apogee during the [...]
Unrealistic expectations of sale value contributed to delays in the disposal of surplus properties held by the Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative, says Alan Tyabji, [...]
Drip irrigation feeds the hydroponic root bags with water and nutrients.
New technology combining hydroponics and drip irrigation is being used to grow [...]
New technology is coming to the apple and pear industry to help control fireblight. Actigard is a systemic compound with a unique mode of [...]
In 2011, when the National Organic Standards Board made a formal recommendation to the National Organic Program to permit oxytetracyline for fireblight control in [...]
Before the 1960s, there were no antibiotics to help orchardists control fireblight, one of the most destructive diseases of pears and apples. Copper materials [...]
In April, the National Organic Standards Board will decide whether organic apple and pear growers in the United States will be allowed to [...]
Photo Courtesy of Tim Smith, WSU
Fireblight is a plant disease of apples and pears caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora. It is native to [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Experiments were conducted with MaxCel at Van Well Nursery last summer. Here, Bill Howell and Ric Van Well measure tree height and caliper at [...]
Three blossoms in the center show the start of fireblight infection.
Photos courtesy of Ken Johnson.
Pear and apple orchardists have a fairly broad field [...]
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 [...]
Antibiotics have long been key disease control materials for fireblight, one of the few uses of antibiotics in plant agriculture. These materials are [...]
The National Organic Standards Board is a federal advisory committee that makes the decisions on which inputs can be used in organic agriculture. Generally, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
In the past, grape growers have mistaken any shrivel in their fruit for grape berry shrivel, also known as sour shrivel, says Washington State [...]
For his experimental work, Fallahi has an extensive system of buried irrigation lines and an elaborate irrigation control center.
Photo by Esmaeil Fallahi, University [...]
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. [...]
Bleeding (inset photo) caused by root pressure is associated with bud swell and bud break. Bleeding sap is collected from a potted Merlot grapevine [...]
1 Which of the following is not a fruit symptom of little cherry disease?
a. Small size
b. Poor color
c. High acids
Washington State University Extension has released a new irrigation manual for vineyards, clarifying irrigation options and strategies for juice and wine grape producers in [...]