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Growth

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

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Good to Know: Consumer expectations of apple quality

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Everyone has a favorite apple variety but what makes it so? How do Washington State University’s new apple varieties WA 2 and WA 38 compare

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Codling moth: It’s what’s for dinner.

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A sterilized carabid beetle before gut dissection.
Angela Gadino, WSU

Do you ever wonder what those earwigs, spiders, and other ground-dwelling predators eat in your orchard?

This question

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Promotion and management of pear fruiting

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Left: D’Anjou tree sprayed at two weeks after bloom with 80 ppm ReTain relative to an untreated control. Right: Untreated d’Anjou control tree.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF

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The Top 5: What growers can do to improve pollination success

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Inspect the bees you receive. A strong hive should have enough adult bees to cover eight to ten frames.

Honeybees are under unprecedented pressure, besieged by

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Developing a disease management program

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Washington State University viticulture extension specialist Dr. Michelle Moyer suggests growers consider the following when developing a ­disease management program:

•    Reproductive rate of the pathogen.

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Conserving wild pollinators

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PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY ANN FRAZIER

Cornell University has a new publication called Wild Pollinators of Eastern Apple Orchards and How to Conserve Them, compiled by

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Project objectives

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Five specific objectives for the ­Integrated Crop Pollination ­project are:

Identify economically valuable pollinators and the factors affecting their abundance.
Develop habitat management practices to improve crop

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Kill the pathogen

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Apple scab is a serious problem in humid climates, and McIntosh is very susceptible. Lesions occur on both leaves and fruit.
PHOTO COURTESY OF GEORGE SUNDIN

Apple

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Integrated Crop Pollination

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Honeybees have probably the largest and most loyal following of any insects in the animal kingdom. Honey is considered the most natural and purest sweetener,

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Apple name delights grower

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Bob Meyer, an apple grower in Toppenish, Washington, is one of the first in the state to produce Washington State University’s first apple release, WA

Focus on next season

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The 2012 Northwest cherry season was a challenging one, but growers need to focus on next season and not worry about the things they can’t

Bee Care Center

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Bayer CropScience has begun construction of its North American Bee Care Center at its headquarters in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

The center is to be

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What could replace Manchurian?

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The apple industry uses Manchurian crab as a pollinizer because of its compatibility with the major apple varieties. This Manchurian is pictured in a Gala

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Living with cherry diseases

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Little cherry disease made a dramatic resurgence in Washington in 2010 and has since spread rapidly. These Sweetheart cherries show symptoms of small and puny

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Deer Wars

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Growers in the prime fruit-growing area surrounding Grand Traverse Bay in northwest Michigan are protesting the conversion of their orchards into prime hunting ground for

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Got FRUIT?

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It’s a simple, two-word question: Got milk?

But that question marked a turning point in how consumers thought about milk. No longer was it just a

No fruit, no funding

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The short fruit crop in the eastern United States last year had a dramatic impact on research and promotion programs organized under state and federal

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Water inside grapes

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The Syrah cluster on the right was treated with the antitranspirant Vapor Gard; nontreated cluster is on the left. The treated cluster showed slower coloration,

Preventing mildew

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Guide for grape pest management available
Washington State University’s 2013 Grape Pest Management Guide includes recommendations for controlling insects, weeds, diseases, and other pests. The guide

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WA 38 will have a name

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The commercialization plan for WA 38 will be different than for its first release, WA 2.

Washington State University is finalizing a plan for how its

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Working with copper

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Copper is a potent spray chemical, useful on many stone and pome fruits. It is active against bacterial diseases like fireblight, bacterial canker, and bacterial

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