Crop Management & Pollination
Featured stories covering crop management & pollination appear in this issue.
The purple spotted knapweed flower is attractive to bees and a good nectar producer: However, once it gains a foothold, spotted knapweed kills competing [...]
Dr. Vince Jones, entomologist with Washington State University in Wenatchee, is heading a $4.5-million research project to help growers take full advantage of biological [...]
The New York State Experiment Station in Geneva includes a USDA-ARS Plant Genetic Resources Unit, with a germ plasm repository containing one of the [...]
The strength of a bee colony is important, but it is difficult to assess without looking inside.
Bees are critical for setting a good crop, [...]
The color and sugar levels of apples are not useful indicators of when the fruit is ready to pick, says Dr. Bill Wolk, postharvest [...]
While the researchers have pronounced the Darwin string thinner “good to go,” it’s not considered perfect—not by the Canadian company that’s selling it, nor [...]
Cherry researchers used this cherry color chart in the harvest timing project. For chart purchase information, email Todd Einhorn at: email@example.com.
Photo courtesy of [...]
Darwin used on perpendicular vee peach orchard in California (Family Tree Farms).
Researchers who studied the Darwin string thinner found it does a good job [...]
A female wasp attacks a spotted wing drosophila pupa
PhotoS COURTESY OF PETER SHEARER AND PRESTON BROWN, OSU
Scientists at Oregon State University have identified [...]
Dr. Luca Corelli is studying a rainbow of hail net colors to see if fruit growth and development can be influenced.
Photo courtesy of [...]
On an ordinary weekday, Dr. Ian Merwin is a Cornell University teacher and researcher who has put his mark on the orchards of New [...]
The price tag for renting honeybees for apple pollination, just $35 per hive a few years ago, now tops $100 in some regions. At [...]
Remebee is easily administered—mixed into heavy bee syrup and fed in one feeding of one pint. Some beekeepers are trying the latest version, RemebeePro, [...]
Jonagold combines the Jonathan red color splashed over a Golden Delicious background, but some strains are so red they cover the yellow completely.
Jonagold is [...]
Louise Swanberg, pictured with Tom Colyer, says it’s hard to make money with the existing cherry varieties grown in Montana.
Photos courtesy of Pat [...]
Allan Baugher wins Maryland hort award
The Maryland State Horticultural Society gave Allan Baugher of Westminster, Maryland, its Harry Black Distinguished Service Award during [...]
A new series of scab-resistant apples called “Sweet Resistants” developed by the Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti (CIV) in Italy was among the ten [...]
Placing beehives in a good location in the orchard is one of the keys to getting honeybees to do the best possible pollinating job.
The salvation to lagging wine sales of Syrah may be in Washington State owning the variety as it now does Riesling, says Bob Betz, [...]
Natalie, 16, greets customers and weighs the cherries they pick, using an old brass-beamed platform scale. Picking buckets hold about 15 pounds of cherries, [...]
Researchers have been testing different types and colors of traps for monitoring beneficial insects. This white sticky trap, placed next to an insect attractant, [...]
The lack of consumer interest in Syrah wines is of keen interest to Washington’s wine industry. Some industry officials estimate there are 3,000 acres [...]
Syrah was to be one of the stars in Washington State’s wine lineup. But something happened along the way to greatness, and wineries have [...]
Appalled by what he calls “quacks in scientific garb,” Dr. Joseph Schwarcz is on a mission to demystify science, separate sense from nonsense, and [...]
Rodney Klenk explains his production system, with support from Wally Heuser (right), his long-time advisor.
Rodney Klenk credits much of the look of his cherry [...]
Researchers, with the help of electron scanning microscopes, can view cherry reproductive organs, like this stigma of a Sweetheart cherry.
Photo courtesy of Matt [...]
Horticulturist Todd Einhorn says leaving cherries on the tree longer can result in higher sugar content, but this must be balanced against adverse effects