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Pest Control

Featured stories about pest control appear in this issue.

Good Question: And the greatest breakthrough in orchard pest control would be…?

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 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

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Low-cost fence keeps deer out

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This inexpensive but effective deer fence was built for about 40 cents per foot and can be lifted up at the bottom for

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Don’t grow small cherries

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An oversupply of small cherries last season hurt growers financially. Fifty-six percent of the Pacific Northwest’s fresh sweet cherry crop

Sweet solution stays on the shelf

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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

Codling Moth Has a New Calendar

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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

Alternative pest controls

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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

Consistent Quality Key to Profitability

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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

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Thinning may affect mite control

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Rust mites are an alternate prey for predator mites. Orchardists used to tell Dr. Elizabeth Beers that they hadn’t sprayed for

Cherry growers take the bait

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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,

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Putting buffers to work

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This living barrier in the middle is part of an Oregon State University study to measure how much drift is trapped from applications

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Apple maggot on the move

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Left: The apple maggot is about the size of a house fly and has distinctive markings on its wings, a white patch on

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Managing pesticide drift

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Under certain weather conditions, sprays don’t always stay where they are intended. Pesticide residues are detected in many places where

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Breeders aim for a perfect cherry

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Left: Sentennial is a new late-season cherry from British Columbia. Right: Sovereign was named in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday.

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Timing is critical

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Vince Jones developed the Decision-Aid System to help growers with pest management. Timing is everything in pest management. Say you’re

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Growing more cherries

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LEFT: Bill Warmerdam and son John grow and pack their own tree fruit in addition to packing cherries, apples, and kiwis for other

Phasing out Guthion

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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

B.C. growers support survival strategy

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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

Switching new products for old

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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,

Future challenges for genebanks

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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

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Plenty of options for pest control

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Growers have plenty of insecticides to choose from for controlling the key apple pests codling moth and leafrollers. Including two

New pests threaten B.C. grapes

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The growing movement of goods and people worldwide increases the risk that new pests will invade vineyards in North America and around the world.

Looking for a pesticide solution

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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

Exclusion is your first defense

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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

Banana Terrorists or New Era?

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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

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New mites invade Washington vineyards

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Two new grape mites, the rust mite and the bud mite, can reduce yields from stunted shoot growth, as seen here.

Apple maggot found in B.C.

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Grape growers aren’t the only ones confronting new pests. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is battling two new apple pests in British Columbia.

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Drift is a chronic grape problem

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An example of phenoxy herbicide drift damage to grapes. Although much progress has been made in reducing vineyard injury from phenoxy,

Europe irked by wine tax break

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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