Project Description

Pest Control

Featured stories about pest control appear in this issue.

Small made no small contribution

  • March 1st, 2006

Orchardist Jim Small of Entiat, Washington, was honored for serving 28 years on the board of the Washington Growers Clearing House Association. [...]

Life after organophosphates

  • March 1st, 2006

Suitable alternatives to organophosphates are available for Western cherry fruit fly, says a U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist. But achieving complete control with the [...]

  • EPA offers help to growers

EPA offers help to growers

  • March 1st, 2006

Scattered across the country, tucked away in university extension offices and government labs, a coterie of regulatory scientists are looking for ways to reduce [...]

Letters to the editor

  • March 1st, 2006

CRISP & COLDThe February 1, 2006, Good Fruit Grower made history. The revolutionary trends in niche variety, and other apple growing are challenging and [...]

  • Why not fresh-cut pears?

Why not fresh-cut pears?

  • March 1st, 2006

The equivalent of more than a million boxes of apples were sold in the form of fresh slices last year. Advancements in quality control [...]

No one likes cheap fruit

  • March 1st, 2006

Canadian growers who are upset by low apple prices should not get angry at retailers, because retailers don’t like the situation either, produce consultant [...]

  • Bin sled improves harvest efficiency

Bin sled improves harvest efficiency

  • March 1st, 2006

Sometimes the simplest approach is the most cost effective. An inexpensive sled used for tree fruit harvest has reduced bruising and increased efficiency, says [...]

  • Obliquebanded leafroller displaces pandemis

Obliquebanded leafroller displaces pandemis

  • March 1st, 2006

The obliquebanded leafroller has displaced pandemis as the primary leafroller pest in north central Washington.

Mike Doerr, entomologist with Washington State University in Wenatchee, said [...]

In Our View

  • March 1st, 2006

Since the federal court decision in March 2003, the Washington Apple Commission has gone through some dramatic changes. The decision of District Court Judge [...]

More pears expected from Argentina

  • March 1st, 2006

The fruit importer Oppenheimer Group of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, expects to bring more pears into the United States from Argentina this season because [...]

Apple attractant not found yet

  • March 1st, 2006

Researchers have been unable to duplicate whatever it is in apples that attracts codling moths. Dr. Peter Landolt, research leader at the U.S. [...]

  • Lodi rules

Lodi rules

  • March 1st, 2006

Frustrated by low returns compared to their counterparts in the Napa Valley, wine grape growers in Lodi, California, are attempting to add value to [...]

New controls for cherry pests

  • March 1st, 2006

Oregon State University scientists, in the search for more selective alternatives to traditional broad-spectrum pesticides, are testing a variety of new reduced-risk materials to [...]

Breakthrough in codling moth control

  • March 1st, 2006

Dr. Doug Light with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Western Regional Research Center in Albany, California, and Dr. Alan Knight with the USDA’s Agricultural [...]

Partnering with environmentalists

  • March 1st, 2006

The Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission worked with Protected Harvest, the third-party certifier, for nearly two years in developing the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing. [...]

Pest control costs worry growers

  • March 1st, 2006

Orchardists participating in a research trial that evaluated reduced-risk pest management say that the reduced-risk practices are effective, but they are more expensive and [...]

  • Target pear psylla early

Target pear psylla early

  • March 1st, 2006

The most effective time to control pear psylla is early in the season, Washington State University entomologist Dr. John Dunley stresses. The pest develops [...]

Psylla is everyone’s problem

  • March 1st, 2006

Pear psylla is not an individual orchardist’s problem—it is a neighborhood issue. The pest disperses in the winter and flies back into orchards [...]