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