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Crop Management & Pollination

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

Thinners of the future?

  • March 15th, 2009

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

  • Colony collapse crisis

Colony collapse crisis

  • March 15th, 2009

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

Optimum size for Gala

  • March 15th, 2009

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 [...]

  • Growing in the green heart

Growing in the green heart

  • March 15th, 2009

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

Predicting thinning response

  • March 15th, 2009

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

  • Economic revival

Economic revival

  • March 15th, 2009

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

Using postbloom thinners

  • March 15th, 2009

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

Knock, knock. It's ICE

  • March 15th, 2009

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

The nibble approach to thinners

  • March 15th, 2009

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 [...]

Grapevine cankers

  • March 15th, 2009

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

  • Fruit set fundamentals

Fruit set fundamentals

  • March 15th, 2009

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

Hang time has a cost

  • March 15th, 2009

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

  • Overcoming poor fruit set

Overcoming poor fruit set

  • March 15th, 2009

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

  • Central Europe catches up

Central Europe catches up

  • March 15th, 2009

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

  • Crop load and wine quality

Crop load and wine quality

  • March 15th, 2009

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

  • Apple Lines

Apple Lines

  • March 15th, 2009

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

Finding the

  • March 15th, 2009

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

  • The ABCs of bees

The ABCs of bees

  • March 15th, 2009

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

Apple Matters

  • March 15th, 2009

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 [...]

Managing crop load and canopy

  • March 15th, 2009

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

In the Box

  • March 15th, 2009

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

Honeycrisp seed numbers

  • March 15th, 2009

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