Featured stories about pollination, fruiting and pest management appear in this issue.
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 [...]
The short fruit crop in the eastern United States last year had a dramatic impact on research and promotion programs organized under state and [...]
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.
The Syrah cluster on the right was treated with the antitranspirant Vapor Gard; nontreated cluster is on the left. The treated cluster showed slower [...]
Washington State University viticulture extension specialist Dr. Michelle Moyer suggests growers consider the following when developing a disease management program:
• Reproductive rate of the [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Honeybees have probably the largest and most loyal following of any insects in the animal kingdom. Honey is considered the most natural and purest [...]
Copper is a potent spray chemical, useful on many stone and pome fruits. It is active against bacterial diseases like fireblight, bacterial canker, and [...]
The 2012 Northwest cherry season was a challenging one, but growers need to focus on next season and not worry about the things they [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The apple industry uses Manchurian crab as a pollinizer because of its compatibility with the major apple varieties. This Manchurian is pictured in a [...]
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 [...]
Little cherry disease made a dramatic resurgence in Washington in 2010 and has since spread rapidly. These Sweetheart cherries show symptoms of small and [...]
Apple scab is a serious problem in humid climates, and McIntosh is very susceptible. Lesions occur on both leaves and fruit.
PHOTO COURTESY OF [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]