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Crop management of sweet cherries starts even before trees are planted. Matching productive characteristics of variety to the vigor of the rootstock and using
A new committee of the North Central Washington Fieldmen’s Association is bringing in speakers to talk to its members about the economics of fruit production.
A Michigan orchardist had nearly twice the volume of fruit in his sweet cherry blocks last year after using hornfaced bees for pollination. It
Lots of small fruit or fewer big fruit—which makes more money for a grower? For answers, growers should analyze their cherry packout reports, suggests an
Crop estimation, an important practice for vineyardists and wineries, can be accurately done using a modified lag phase procedure developed for Washington State conditions, says
Scientists are making headway in the search for effective chemical thinning agents for cherries, though specific recommendations aren’t available yet. Chemical thinning research
With juice grape prices so low, it’s hard to imagine growers would even consider spending money to thin their crop. But the practice paid off
Hornfaced bees are solitary, which means that instead of having queens and workers, each female mates, makes her own nest cells of mud, collects food
Mentioning the phrase “hang time” in a room of winemakers and wine grape growers is a sure-fire way to generate debate. Washington State’s wine industry
A bee that seems to have a penchant for flying in cool and cloudy weather is causing quite a buzz among scientists and orchardists, who
There’s growing momentum behind a national replant program for orchards and vineyards in Canada. Modeled on the successful replant program that has operated in
Pollen delivery and availability appear to be key to improving fruit set of Balaton cherries, a new sweet-tart cherry that holds promise to become a
Although mites don’t have the same pest status as codling moth or pear psylla, they are becoming more difficult to control in some areas because
Norm Gutzwiler of Wenatchee, Washington, has retired after 33 years as a field horticulturist, though he plans to keep busy farming his own cherry orchards
Rosy apple aphids leave apple trees in the summer to live on plantain, studies by Dr. Elizabeth Beers and colleagues at Washington State University show.
Fears that the Taiwan market might be closed to U.S. apples because of another codling moth detection seem to have resulted in high volumes of
Growers should take the time to visit their warehouse and learn more about how their fruit is being sold, Steve Lutz suggests. Lutz, former
Peter Verbrugge, head of a vertically integrated fruit company in Yakima, Washington, sees growing, packing, and marketing as three legs of a stool.
“If one is
Mating disruption of codling moth, using hand-applied pheromone dispensers, is working well, but other ways of dispensing pheromone are being tested, including fibers, flakes, and
Washington State is one of the few fruit-producing regions in the United States where the marketers are paid a fixed sum, rather than a percentage
Orchard systems must evolve into highly efficient systems if growers are to stay competitive and profitable, says a Washington State University scientist.
Cherry growing in the
Oregon State University scientists are hoping to find ways to improve fruit set and productivity in Regina cherries, a new sweet cherry variety with exceptional
The Washington Apple Growers Marketing Association is looking into how the volume of Washington apples going to market might be controlled through a federal marketing
Since a single live codling moth in a box of fruit has the potential to close a major export market, efforts are being intensified to
The New York apple industry will be more cautious in estimating its crop this year. Last year, the industry’s first official estimate of 27 million
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The pear industry has unlimited potential and is ripe for a revolution
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Artist Cheryll Root first saw Good Fruit Grower on the coffee table of her mother-in-law’s home in Prosser, Washington. Cheryll, who lives in Troy, Idaho,
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