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March 15th, 2013|0 Comments
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
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?
Different pear cultivars have unique challenges associated with their fruiting habits; young d’Anjou trees can bloom profusely but set relatively few fruit, while Bartlett
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
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.
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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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