Project Description

Crop Management

Featured stories about crop management appear in this issue.

Pollination tips

  • March 15th, 2007

To improve bee pollination during bloom, tree fruit growers should focus on colony strength, number of colonies per acre, colony placement, and timing of [...]

  • Enough bees

Enough bees

  • March 15th, 2007

Tree fruit growers in the Pacific Northwest can expect an adequate supply of bees for pollination in 2007, says [...]

Who's the customer?

  • March 15th, 2007

New technology will link apple growers with apple consumers, Yakima, Washington, orchardist Dave Allan believes. He envisions a future in which consumers will [...]

Speeding up breeding

  • March 15th, 2007

Genetic markers are speeding up the process of fruit breeding and making breeding programs more efficient, says Washington State University’s apple breeder Dr. Bruce [...]

Relationships are key in marketing

  • March 15th, 2007

Marketing of fresh produce today revolves around relationships and philosophy rather than price, says Don Goodwin, a former produce division manager for Target Corporation. [...]

  • Small trees, big fruit

Small trees, big fruit

  • March 15th, 2007

Thinning will be important in highly efficient cherry systems like this Washington State University orchard that has angled fruiting walls comprised of [...]

Focus on enhancing revenue

  • March 15th, 2007

Suppose your operating income is $80,000 and your expenses are $100,000. Your banker says you have to reduce your costs by 20 percent. What [...]

Focus on the consumer

  • March 15th, 2007

Between 2002 and 2005, wine consumption in the United States increased by 6 percent each year, but most of the additional wine being drunk [...]

  • Good to Know

Good to Know

  • March 15th, 2007

We all know that climate and weather play a critical role in the economic success or failure of commercial [...]

Time for Change

  • March 15th, 2007

Jim Hazen’s column in the December 2006, issue of Good Fruit Grower set the tone for the Washington State Horticultural Association’s December 2006 [...]

In search of new thinners

  • March 15th, 2007

A combination of fish oil and lime sulfur is the clear winner in more than 200 apple thinning trials conducted over the past eight [...]

  • Unwanted weeds

Unwanted weeds

  • March 15th, 2007

Dave Santos looks at next year’s fruiting buds on an organic Coral Champagne cherry tree. Because synthetic growth regulators can’t be used in organic [...]

  • Bee power

Bee power

  • March 15th, 2007

Michigan researchers, following two years of study, continue to be encouraged by the potential of a new bee for [...]

Building consumer awareness

  • March 15th, 2007

Washington State’s wine industry is poised to take advantage of America’s growing taste for premium wines and share in the $20 billion U.S. wine [...]

Protecting bees from pesticides

  • March 15th, 2007

As researchers are learning that some of the new, reduced-risk pesticides are not always friendly to natural enemies important in integrated pest management, the [...]