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Crop Management & Pollination

Featured stories about crop management and pollination appear in this issue.

Honeycrisp patents

  • March 15th, 2008

The U.S. patent on the Honeycrisp apple expires in November of this year, which means that no royalties will be collected on Honeycrisp trees [...]

  • A global view of varieties

A global view of varieties

  • March 15th, 2008

Lynnell Brandt is involved in the international introduction of new tree fruit varieties. New apple varieties must be managed on [...]

  • Basic bee biology

Basic bee biology

  • March 15th, 2008

An understanding of basic honeybee biology can help orchardists make the best use of bees for pollination, says a [...]

  • Extending the cherry season

Extending the cherry season

  • March 15th, 2008

Kiona (PC 8007-2) was recently released by Washington State University. It matures a little before Tieton. The Dalles in Oregon [...]

Good Point

  • March 15th, 2008

Pacific Northwest apple pollination is inextricably linked with California almond pollination. Virtually every commercial beekeeper that supplies bees to Northwest apple orchards also pollinates [...]

Winners and losers

  • March 15th, 2008

For apple growers who are hoping that new varieties will be the key to staying profitable in the future, Steve Lutz has some sobering [...]

  • What's hot?

What's hot?

  • March 15th, 2008

An advantage of planting bench grafts is that they can be ordered just a few months ahead of the planting date. However, [...]

Causes of Colony Collapse Disorder

  • March 15th, 2008

Colony Collapse Disorder is the all-encompassing title given to the myriad problems facing honeybees and their keepers, such as viruses, varroa mites (virus spreaders [...]

  • Bee buzz

Bee buzz

  • March 15th, 2008

National Pollinator Week is in June. Bee foodMegaBee is the name of a new bee diet developed by U.S. Department [...]

Assessing the club

  • March 15th, 2008

In order to assess a managed variety program, the grower should ask the following questions, ­suggests Bob Brammer, president of Crane & Crane, a [...]

10 ways to protect bees

  • March 15th, 2008

Beekeepers have had it tough lately, with colony collapse disorder now added to their other challenges of varroa and tracheal mites, brood diseases, [...]

Thinner winner

  • March 15th, 2008

In more than 200 chemical thinning trials that the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has conducted on apples over the past eight years, Crocker’s [...]

Thin hard, thin early

  • March 15th, 2008

Regulating crop load to achieve consistent, maximum yields and high fruit quality is a daunting task for apple growers. "The crop-load challenge [...]

Sports update

  • March 15th, 2008

Managed variety programs allow a variety owner to control any sports that are found, which apple breeder Dr. David Bedford of Minnesota believes is [...]

Good Question

  • March 15th, 2008

Red Delicious, though still Washington State’s number-one apple variety, continues its steady decline. Production this year is barely half the volume produced in 1994. [...]

  • First Bite

First Bite

  • March 15th, 2008

The Oppenheimer Group is the exclusive marketer for Pacific Rose in North America. A couple of decades ago, deciding which [...]

Club varieties a gamble

  • March 15th, 2008

Planting a managed apple variety is a big gamble with high stakes, and growers should be wary about planting them if they can’t take [...]

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • March 15th, 2008

William P. Sawyer was proud of the fruit he grew and packed, and he made that clear on his box labels. [...]

Apple Lines

  • March 15th, 2008

One constant in the Washington apple industry is change. And consistent with change is preparation for the future through anticipation, research, planning, market [...]

  • Beyond Bordeaux

Beyond Bordeaux

  • March 15th, 2008

France’s Bordeaux wine region is home to some of the earliest made wine and some of the most expensive. When [...]

Solutions lie in research

  • March 15th, 2008

The tree fruit industry is at a ­tipping point as leaders try to re-engineer it to address the challenges of today’s economy, observes Washington [...]