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Crop Management

Featured stories about crop management appear in this issue.

Speeding up breeding

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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 Barritt.

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Reducing stone fruit thinning costs

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Stone fruit growers and researchers are experimenting with a variety of chemical thinning and mechanical practices that could reduce the

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Small trees, big fruit

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

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Bee power

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

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The causes and cures of doubling

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A scanning electron microscopy photo taken on July 31, 2006, shows that Bing (left) was further advanced than the Chelan variety (right).

Protecting bees from pesticides

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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 same

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Good to Know

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

Pollination tips

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

Time for Change

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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 meetings.

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Enough bees

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

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Unwanted weeds

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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 cherries,

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Is a vineyard a good investment?

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A new Washington State University economic analysis of planting Concord or wine grapes, shows that juice grapes may not be

Building consumer awareness

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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 market.

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Wine grape acreage less than thought

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Recent vineyard acreage and winery surveys show that Washington has 31,000 acres of wine grapes—less than what industry analysts expected.

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Not all issues solved for club varieties

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It is hoped MN 1914, the still unnamed variety released last year by the University of Minnesota, will be profitable

Who's the customer?

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

Relationships are key in marketing

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

Focus on enhancing revenue

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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 do

Focus on the consumer

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

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ARE large Galas worth the effort?

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Growing large Galas, especially in the eastern United States, is challenging, though it can be done by combining aggressive pruning,

In search of new thinners

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