Project Description

Pest Management

Featured stories about pest management appear in this issue.

Brined cherries face challenges

  • March 1st, 2008

Reduced supplies of U.S. brining cherries and restricted supplies of imported brining cherries are making it hard for the U.S. cherry-brining industry to meet [...]

Reduced-risk strategy

  • March 1st, 2008

A federally funded project designed to encourage tart cherry growers to transition to more benign pest and disease controls showed that plum curculio, a [...]

  • Drifting away

Drifting away

  • March 1st, 2008

This LIPCO tunnel sprayer can reduce drift by 90 percent compared to conventional sprayers, according to Dr. Andrew Landers. [...]

Australians like stemless cherries

  • March 1st, 2008

Consumers in Australia prefer cherries without stems because they look fresh, a Washington State University study suggests. Dr. Matt Whiting, horticulturist with Washington [...]

  • Beware of returning pests

Beware of returning pests

  • March 1st, 2008

Western flower thrips is becoming an increasing problem in orchards It takes vigilance to prevent damage by some stone fruit [...]

Stealth sprayer

  • March 1st, 2008

A three-year trial of a stationary pesticide application system that uses irrigation lines to deliver pesticides shows promising results. Thus far, insect and disease [...]

What makes a good cherry?

  • March 1st, 2008

Target fruit has become a buzzword in tree fruit production in recent years. It’s what growers are encouraged to grow, but what exactly is [...]

Children learn to like fruit

  • March 1st, 2008

A school snack program initiated by the province of British Columbia, Canada, is gaining national and international recognition as a model for promoting a [...]

Cultivation vs. chemicals

  • March 1st, 2008

In the minds of the public, organic food production is associated with efforts to save the planet, but Warren Morgan, an apple grower and [...]

Strategies for Psylla

  • March 1st, 2008

A cold winter, a lack of rain, and pear psylla’s resistance to pesticides combined to create the perfect storm for pear growers last season, [...]

Organic cherry market is volatile

  • March 1st, 2008

"Hang on tight and let her rip," is how West Mathison describes organic cherry marketing. "We get excited about organic marketing because it’s crazy," [...]

Good to know

  • March 1st, 2008

A research report from Drs. Vincent Jones, Gary Grove, and Jay Brunner, Washington State University While the tree fruit industry is no stranger to [...]

In The Box

  • March 1st, 2008

Today I was enjoying my monthly read of Good Fruit Grower, and noticed the article by Melissa Hansen "Making Sense of Global [...]

Organic cherries are doable

  • March 1st, 2008

Orchardists interested in joining the growing organic-cherry movement need commitment, patience, and intimate knowledge of their block, a panel of organic cherry producers and [...]

Apple maggot on the move

  • March 1st, 2008

The apple maggot is slowly making its way north through central Washington’s fruit growing areas, though it is not yet established north of Ellensburg, [...]

First Bite

  • March 1st, 2008

In response to regulatory pressures, pest management in orchards will become more challenging and risky for producers. As federal and state regulations restrict [...]

Good Question

  • March 1st, 2008

Last year, the stars aligned for fresh cherry growers, who produced a record crop in both volume and fruit size. The Pacific Northwest produced [...]

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • March 1st, 2008

The letters on Dow’s labels designated the area of origin. On occasion, fruit box labels bearing a prominent and distinctive [...]

  • Olympic grapes

Olympic grapes

  • March 1st, 2008

Grower Tom Miller helps Kathy Charlton unload his grapes that were grown locally for Olympic Cellar’s Nouveau wine. Kathy Charlton, [...]

Good Stuff

  • March 1st, 2008

NAA Available in Liquid FormFruitone (napthalene acetic acid), a plant growth regulator designed to thin fruit, enhance return bloom, and control preharvest drop in [...]

New strategy for sucking pests

  • March 1st, 2008

A new insecticide in the registration pipeline will give grape growers a chance to control sucking insects during the root-feeding stage, says a Washington [...]

What to choose

  • March 1st, 2008

Orchardists now have about ten products to choose from for controlling the key pests codling moth and leafrollers, not counting the traditional organophosphate materials. [...]

Good Point

  • March 1st, 2008

More than 50 percent of Washington farm owners are over 60 years old, according to data from the agricultural census. As this large proportion [...]

Be wary of pesticide blends

  • March 1st, 2008

Washington State University entomologist Dr. Doug Walsh is worried about a trend he is seeing in pesticide registrations of new compound materials, a trend [...]

Managing apple pests

  • March 1st, 2008

A good pest management program targets multiple pests with the same material. It targets multiple life cycles, applies materials at the proper time, and [...]

Apple Matters

  • March 1st, 2008

In today’s global business and 24/7 news environment, the potential for a crisis in the apple industry is real. With more stakeholders, regulators, ­critics, [...]

  • Gaining on mites

Gaining on mites

  • March 1st, 2008

Short and stunted shoots are signs of damage from two new mites found in Washington State, grape leaf rust mite and bud [...]

Sniffing out pests

  • March 1st, 2008

Imagine if your spray equipment could tell where the pests were in your orchard so you could treat only the infested parts of the [...]