March 1st, 2007|0 Comments
Fundamental to the effective management of codling moth in Washington State orchards has been the use of a simple predictive model to time the first
Pest control is not easy for tree fruit growers, who face resistance and regulatory challenges, as well as pressure from neglected orchards. But new products
The 2006-2007 crop marketing year is approaching the halfway mark. Prices and demand for Washington apples continue to be strong as we move through a
Rust mites are an alternate prey for predator mites. Orchardists used to tell Dr. Elizabeth Beers that they hadn’t sprayed for
An insecticide-laced bait that is squirted on trees to control cherry fruit fly has saved growers an estimated $2.75 million over the past three years,
This living barrier in the middle is part of an Oregon State University study to measure how much drift is trapped from applications
Last summer, Dan McCarthy got the phone call he’d been dreading. Washington State Department of Agriculture trappers had found the first apple maggot in Okanogan
Under certain weather conditions, sprays don’t always stay where they are intended. Pesticide residues are detected in many places where
Left: Sentennial is a new late-season cherry from British Columbia. Right: Sovereign was named in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday.
Vince Jones developed the Decision-Aid System to help growers with pest management. Timing is everything in pest management. Say you’re
LEFT: Bill Warmerdam and son John grow and pack their own tree fruit in addition to packing cherries, apples, and kiwis for other
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is phasing out use of the organophosphate pesticide Guthion (azinphos-methyl) over a number of years to give growers time to
Integration, innovation, and quality enhancement have been embraced as the roads to a revitalized tree-fruit industry in British Columbia, Canada. A comprehensive, industrywide strategic
Washington State University and the Washington tree fruit industry are proposing a major effort to help orchardists transition away from organophosphate pesticides. The three-year project,
Condensed from: J. Postman, K. Hummer, E. Stover, R. Krueger, P. Forsline, L.J. Grauke, F. Zee, T. Ayala-Silva, B. Irish. 2006. Fruit and Nut
Growers have plenty of insecticides to choose from for controlling the key apple pests codling moth and leafrollers. Including two
The growing movement of goods and people worldwide increases the risk that new pests will invade vineyards in North America and around the world.
When Jim Hazen went to Olympia this legislative session to represent the tree fruit growers of Washington State, he had the solution even before the
Site preparation is the first step to preventing pests and diseases from becoming a problem in the vineyard, and in the case of crown gall
When Dave Carlson called me on editorial deadline and said that he thought it was time for growers to spend money—and would we promote
Two new grape mites, the rust mite and the bud mite, can reduce yields from stunted shoot growth, as seen here.
Grape growers aren’t the only ones confronting new pests. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is battling two new apple pests in British Columbia.
An example of phenoxy herbicide drift damage to grapes. Although much progress has been made in reducing vineyard injury from phenoxy,
A tax exemption for Canadian wineries has drawn the ire of the European Union, which has hauled Canada before the World Trade Organization in a
Larry GutMichigan State University, East Lansing "Totally effective mating disruption." Gut and his colleagues have set a goal to develop a high-performance mating disruption system
March 1st, 2007|1 Comment
This inexpensive but effective deer fence was built for about 40 cents per foot and can be lifted up at the bottom for
An oversupply of small cherries last season hurt growers financially. Fifty-six percent of the Pacific Northwest’s fresh sweet cherry crop
A pesticide made from sugar esters is being used by beekeepers to control the varroa mite, but is not yet being marketed for controlling orchard
November 30th, 2016|0 Comments
“Continuous Change,” the theme of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association 112th Annual Meeting, is a familiar challenge to the Washington tree fruit industry.
November 4th, 2016|0 Comments
It seems we are the victims of our own inaction. This month we will vote for America’s next president and yet, at this writing, neither
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