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Crop Management & Pollination

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

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Basic bee biology

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

Club varieties a gamble

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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 the

Winners and losers

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

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Reviving Central Asian orchards

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This slit on apple wood has been opened up to reveal overwintering leafhopper eggs. They typically lay 8 to 12 eggs per slit.

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Bee buzz

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

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Pink Lady, the brand pioneer

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The owners of the Pink Lady brand were among the pioneers of branded apple varieties. Pink Lady is the

Thinner winner

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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 Fish

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Open releases are slow to pay back

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Dr. David Bedford, apple breeder at the University of Minnesota, makes crosses for the breeding program. It takes only two to three weeks

Sports update

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

Honeycrisp patents

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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 propagated

Bordeaux wines heavily regulated

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In France, the appellation or AOC (appellation d’origine controlee) is more than just a definition of name or an indication of origin. The

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A global view of varieties

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

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Last Bite

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

Good Point

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

Apple Lines

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

Causes of Colony Collapse Disorder

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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 as

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Beyond Bordeaux

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

10 ways to protect bees

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

Solutions lie in research

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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 State

Thin hard, thin early

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

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More dwarfing cherry rootstocks

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Lapins cherry grown on the Russian rootstock Krymsk 5. Cherry growers in The Dalles, Oregon, are rapidly shifting to dwarfing rootstocks,

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First Bite

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

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Extending the cherry season

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

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What's hot?

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

Assessing the club

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

Big investment, little information

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Planting a new, managed variety is a risk for growers because of the great investment they have to make and a lack of information about

Good Question

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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. Meanwhile,