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Crop Management & Pollination

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

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Central Europe catches up

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Eighth-leaf Jonagold trees on Malling 9 rootstocks in the orchard of Werner Sommerbauer at Puch, Austria. The net provides protection from both hail

Optimum size for Gala

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Cornell University’s Dr. Terence Robinson, based on years of apple thinning research, has developed practical suggestions for New York growers to guide them in targeting

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Apple Lines

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A Colombian street vendor displays her colorful fruit. Latin America is a diverse region that encompasses over 25 different countries, united

Predicting thinning response

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Chemical thinning is often like a roll of dice, with weather and tree sensitivity variables affecting the outcome. But in the near future, orchardists may

Apple Matters

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Now that President Barack Obama is in office and the 111th Congress moves to order on the nation’s business, the U.S. Apple Association and other

Using postbloom thinners

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Dr. Duane Greene of the University of Massachusetts provided a brief overview of postbloom thinners and their benefits during tree fruit talks in Grand Rapids,

Honeycrisp seed numbers

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Michigan State University researchers suspect there is something physiologically different about Honeycrisp apples that leads to such variability in return bloom. "We’ve seen

The nibble approach to thinners

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There’s more to chemical thinning agents than just their value in adjusting crop load to grow bigger fruit. Thinners are becoming an important tool used

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Last Bite – The famous Hy-Land Kids

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In the early years of fruit ranching in the Pacific Northwest, most growers worked hard to establish a brand identity

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Fruit set fundamentals

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Examples of cherry cultivar compatibility. The blue pistils (stigma, style, and ovary) are Bing maternal tissue. Yellow circles are the pollen grains

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An Austrian farm is growing cherries in a greenhouse heated with biogas.

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This 1.25-acre greenhouse in Austria will produce cherries to go on the market in March. A farming operation in Austria has

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Overcoming poor fruit set

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Researchers are trying to unlock the secrets of fruit set in Regina. The Regina sweet cherry cultivar has been widely planted

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Growing in the green heart

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Before Austria joined the European Union in 1995, its apple growers enjoyed a closed, protected market and its apple industry

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Is your orchard bee friendly?

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The number of hives needed to pollinate a tree fruit crop depends on the species of tree, the density of planting, and other

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Economic revival

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Orchards at the nursery and fruit-growing operation Plantex are protected from hail. In the distance is a nuclear power plant. The

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The ABCs of bees

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Eric OlsonPollination is one of the most important factors in a good fruit crop. The information in these articles is

Knock, knock. It's ICE

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What do you do if U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement comes knocking on your door? Be polite but firm, advises Mike

In the Box

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Dear Good Fruit Grower: I read with interest the article about carbon credits ("Carbon credits require proof," February 15, 2009, Good Fruit Grower:).

Grapevine cankers

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In Washington State, aging vines and winter injury can be a recipe for grapevine trunk diseases. While eutypa cankers are the most common of trunk

Hang time has a cost

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Achieving high sugar in wine grapes by letting fruit hang for extended time comes at an economic cost to growers, says a Washington State University

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Crop load and wine quality

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Carrie McDonnell of J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines made wine from 20 different treatments for her study of crop load and extended ripening

Finding the

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The response of grapevines to crop load management varies substantially from year to year and between varieties and sites, which makes following viticulture "recipes" meaningless,

Managing crop load and canopy

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Grape growers have many tools to help them manage crop load and develop vine "balance," from matching site and variety to using trellis design, pruning,

Thinners of the future?

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Though abscisic acid (ABA) is one of the five major classes of plant growth hormones, it has never really been considered as a horticultural crop

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Colony collapse crisis

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Bees are pushed hard to pollinate multiple crops, and some crops might not provide adequate nutrition. Dr. Zachary Huang, Michigan State