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Crop Management and Pollination

Featured stories about pollination, fruiting and pest management appear in this issue.

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EU regulations stifle fruit exports

  • March 15th, 2012

Pacific Northwest apple and pear exports to Europe have dropped dramatically since pesticide ­regulations were harmonized among members of the European Union. Restrictive pesticide [...]

The myths of high-alcohol wine

  • March 15th, 2012

The recent trend of higher alcohol wines is related to winemakers wanting riper fruit so they can produce super-ripe, intense wines to meet market [...]

  • Organic control for flea weevil

Organic control for flea weevil

  • March 15th, 2012

Damage by apple flea weevil.
Matt Grieshop­­­

Organic apple growers in the Midwest appear to have a relatively simple solution to their problems with apple [...]

  • Mechanical thinning of cherries

Mechanical thinning of cherries

  • March 15th, 2012

The Electroflor looked promising for mechanically thinning cherries in tests that Karen Lewis, WSU extension specialist, conducted.

After success with mechanical thinning of stone fruit, [...]

  • Tackle food safety one step at a time

Tackle food safety one step at a time

  • March 15th, 2012

Implementing a food safety program for an orchard might seem overwhelming. But with forethought, planning, and willingness to seek assistance, growers can implement a [...]

Bee Informed Partnership

  • March 15th, 2012

After five years of annual colony losses near or above 30 percent, beekeepers have settled in for the long haul in their struggle to [...]

  • Safe havens for pollinators

Safe havens for pollinators

  • March 15th, 2012

A bumblebee finds nectar in a wildflower planting.

Fruit growers across the country will have a chance [...]

  • Rise and fall of the apple empire

Rise and fall of the apple empire

  • March 15th, 2012

While Harold Copple managed the Apple Commision between 1947 and 1957, most of the apples produced in Washington were Winesap. During that period, the [...]

  • Easier access to MRLs

Easier access to MRLs

  • March 15th, 2012

Growers using Washington State University’s online Decision Aid System this season will be able to consider pesticide maximum residue limits (MRLs) of top foreign [...]

Tools growers should be using

  • March 15th, 2012

To stay in business for the long haul, orchardists must produce exceptional quantities of exceptional fruit. Fortunately, there are many tools available to help [...]

  • High density not for Concords

High density not for Concords

  • March 15th, 2012

A Washington State University study found that traditional spacings for juice grapes—around six feet between vines and nine feet between rows—was best of four [...]

Heed global trends

  • March 15th, 2012

The global food business is increasingly complex, with new players, new linkages, and cause-and-effect reactions that impact food supply and prices, says Paul Roberts, [...]

  • Gauging apple crop load

Gauging apple crop load

  • March 15th, 2012

When using the Equilifruit, it should fit tightly around the selected limb, about an inch away from the trunk. The F-values on the disk [...]

Alcohol depresses wine aromas

  • March 15th, 2012

Ethanol (alcohol) interacts with sensory attributes of wine and can decrease the potency of aromas as the amount of alcohol increases, according to Dr. [...]

  • It’s still a family industry

It’s still a family industry

  • March 15th, 2012

Consolidation within the Washington apple industry over the years has led to a dramatic drop in the number of growers, says Todd Fryhover, president [...]

Flavor and quality still paramount

  • March 15th, 2012

Of all the attributes consumers are looking for today in their food—freshness, organic, local, and sustainable—flavor and quality are still paramount. Growers, shippers, and [...]

Export focus is not new

  • March 15th, 2012

The Washington apple industry was exporting a significant percentage of its crop, long before the Washington Apple Commission was formed. In 1930, seven million [...]