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Diseases, Irrigation

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

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  • Fireblight-resistant apple

Fireblight-resistant apple

  • February 15th, 2013

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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

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, [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Who’s on the NOSB

Who’s on the NOSB

  • February 15th, 2013

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 [...]

  • 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.   [...]

  • 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 [...]

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 [...]

  • 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, [...]

  • 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

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 [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • February 15th, 2013

Hydroponic irrigation
New technology combining hydroponics and drip irrigation is being used to grow fruit trees, offering benefits to orchardists in water-starved regions. The [...]

  • Saving water in early peaches

Saving water in early peaches

  • February 15th, 2013

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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

National Organic Standards Board members

  • February 15th, 2013

Producers:

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 [...]

  • 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, [...]

  • A replacement for Tiberon

A replacement for Tiberon

  • February 15th, 2013

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 [...]

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, [...]