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Crop Management & Pollination

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

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New treatment against CCD

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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, this

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Beekeepers fear loss of forage

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

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Good Job

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Allan Baugher wins Maryland hort award
The Maryland State Horticultural Society gave Allan Baugher of Westminster, Maryland, its Harry Black Distinguished Service Award during the Mid-Atlantic

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Skimping on bees can be risky

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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, though

Washington needs to own the Syrah variety

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The salvation to lagging wine sales of Syrah may be in Washington State owning the variety as it now does Riesling, says Bob Betz, who

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Evolution of the Darwin

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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 by

Be patient with Syrah

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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 planted

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Mechanical thinner ready

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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 on

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Cherry pioneer

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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 orchards

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Italians study light & shading

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

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Optimizing cherry harvest timing

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

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Pollination role of native bees studied

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The price tag for renting honeybees for apple pollination, just $35 per hive a few years ago, now tops $100 in some regions. At one

Where to find unusual apples

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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 world’s

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Montana growers pin hopes on new varieties

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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 mcglynn, montana

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Color is not a sign of maturity

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The color and sugar levels of apples are not useful indicators of when the fruit is ready to pick, says Dr. Bill Wolk, postharvest specialist

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Keep hives warm and dry

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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 Eric

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When is the best time to pick?

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Cherry researchers used this cherry color chart in the harvest timing project. For chart purchase information, email Todd Einhorn at: todd.einhorn@oregonstate.edu.
Photo courtesy of Lynn Long,

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Watch out for the good guys

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

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Drosophila parasitoid found

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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 a parasitoid

Food facts and fiction

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

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Unusual apples are researcher’s passion

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On an ordinary weekday, Dr. Ian Merwin is a Cornell University teacher and researcher who has put his mark on the orchards of New York—and

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Weed-eating beetles

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Last Bite

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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 one

$4.5 million project

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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 control.

Good Stuff

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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 finalists for

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Sweet cherries thrive in a sea of apples

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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, and

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Washington Syrah: Rising or falling star?

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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 watched

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Understanding cherry fruit set

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

Pollination