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