Project Description

Crop Management & Pollination

Featured stories covering crop management & pollination appear in this issue.

  • Watch out for the good guys

Watch out for the good guys

  • March 15th, 2011

Researchers have been testing different types and colors of traps for monitoring beneficial insects. This white sticky trap, placed next to an insect attractant, [...]

Be patient with Syrah

  • March 15th, 2011

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 [...]

Food facts and fiction

  • March 15th, 2011

Appalled by what he calls “quacks in scientific garb,” Dr. Joseph Schwarcz is on a mission to demystify science, separate sense from nonsense, and [...]

  • Cherry pioneer

Cherry pioneer

  • March 15th, 2011

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 [...]

  • Understanding cherry fruit set

Understanding cherry fruit set

  • March 15th, 2011

Researchers, with the help of electron scanning microscopes, can view cherry reproductive organs, like this stigma of a Sweetheart cherry.
Photo courtesy of Matt [...]

  • Optimizing cherry harvest timing

Optimizing cherry harvest timing

  • March 15th, 2011

Horticulturist Todd Einhorn says leaving cherries on the tree longer can result in higher sugar content, but this must be balanced against adverse effects

An [...]

  • Beekeepers fear loss of forage

Beekeepers fear loss of forage

  • March 15th, 2011

The purple spotted knapweed flower is attractive to bees and a good nectar producer: However, once it gains a foothold, spotted knapweed kills competing [...]

$4.5 million project

  • March 15th, 2011

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 [...]

Where to find unusual apples

  • March 15th, 2011

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 [...]

  • Skimping on bees can be risky

Skimping on bees can be risky

  • March 15th, 2011

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, [...]

  • Evolution of the Darwin

Evolution of the Darwin

  • March 15th, 2011

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 [...]

  • When is the best time to pick?

When is the best time to pick?

  • March 15th, 2011

Cherry researchers used this cherry color chart in the harvest timing project. For chart purchase information, email Todd Einhorn at:
Photo courtesy of [...]

  • Mechanical thinner ready

Mechanical thinner ready

  • March 15th, 2011

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 [...]

  • Drosophila parasitoid found

Drosophila parasitoid found

  • March 15th, 2011

A female wasp attacks a spotted wing drosophila pupa

Scientists at Oregon State University have identified [...]

  • Italians study light & shading

Italians study light & shading

  • March 15th, 2011

Dr. Luca Corelli is studying a rainbow of hail net colors to see if fruit growth and development can be influenced.
Photo courtesy of [...]

  • New treatment against CCD

New treatment against CCD

  • March 15th, 2011

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, [...]

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • March 15th, 2011

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 [...]

  • Good Job

Good Job

  • March 15th, 2011

Allan Baugher wins Maryland hort award
The Maryland State Horticultural Society gave Allan Baugher of Westminster, Maryland, its Harry Black Distinguished Service Award during [...]

Good Stuff

  • March 15th, 2011

Sweet success
A new series of scab-resistant apples called “Sweet Resistants” developed by the Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti (CIV) in Italy was among the ten [...]

  • Keep hives warm and dry

Keep hives warm and dry

  • March 15th, 2011

Placing beehives in a good location in the orchard is one of the keys to getting honeybees to do the best possible pollinating job.

Orchardist [...]