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Crop Management & Pollination

Featured stories covering crop management and pollination issues.

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New prairie cherry varieties making an impact

May 20th, 2014|1 Comment

Tart cherries from Saskatchewan are still on track to play larger role.

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Ryan Swanson, Young Grower from Nova Scotia

March 27th, 2014|0 Comments

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Ryan Swanson/ grower / Centreville, Nova Scotia, Canada

age / 37

crops / More than 130 acres of apples

business / Eisses Farms, Ltd.

education / Mount Royal University,

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Rootstocks do fine in Washington

March 26th, 2014|0 Comments

Differences in rootstock trial were due to yearly climate variation, not rootstocks.

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Wine grape yields not affected by early leaf removal

March 26th, 2014|1 Comment

Early leaf removal in white grape varieties has several benefits.

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Organic apple growers are optimistic

March 26th, 2014|0 Comments

Washington State will run out of organic apples this season.

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Control psylla early

March 26th, 2014|1 Comment

Returning winterforms are more susceptible to pesticides than they were in the fall.

Selenium is toxic to bees

March 26th, 2014|0 Comments

Entomologists from the University of California, Riverside, have found that selenium can cause delays in development and mortality in honeybees.

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Fire blight control without antibiotics

March 25th, 2014|0 Comments

Lime sulfur and fish oil can help as part of an integrated strategy.

Best practices for pollination

March 25th, 2014|2 Comments

Six practices to help ensure successful pollination.

Bees are driving pesticide decisions

March 25th, 2014|1 Comment

The desire to protect bees is becoming institutionalized.

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Mechanical thinning can damage spurs, leaf tissue and flowers

March 25th, 2014|0 Comments

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Mechanical thinning looks like a ­promising technique for reducing the amount of labor-intensive hand thinning required in order to grow a good crop of nice-sized

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Pear grower Laura Naumes blazes a trail

March 25th, 2014|0 Comments

Laura Naumes is the first woman to chair the Pear Bureau Northwest.

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Bee renting tips

March 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Smith helps growers and beekeepers come together agreeably

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How bad things in the environment gang up and kill bees

March 19th, 2014|1 Comment

The synergistic effect of pesticides in hives.

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Is there a better crab apple pollinizer?

March 19th, 2014|0 Comments

No research is under way to evaluate pollinizers to replace Manchurian crab apple.

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Control leafhoppers to avoid virus

March 19th, 2014|0 Comments

The risk of grapevine redleaf virus makes controlling leafhoppers all the more important.

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Pollen tube growth model makes thinning more precise

March 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Blossom-time apple thinning model explored for eastern growers.

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Bees live in a toxic world

March 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Planting more flowers would help solve honeybee decline.

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Protecting your high-value crop

March 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Orchard netting may be cost effective for high-value varieties like Honeycrisp.

  • Latino growers inspire

Inspiration Awards presented to Yakima area farm families

March 18th, 2014|0 Comments

Four couples from Mexico were honored by the Center for Latino Farmers in Yakima

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Bee expert to retire

March 18th, 2014|0 Comments

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The California State Beekeepers Association has presented a special recognition award to Dr. Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist with University of California, Davis, for 38 years

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A cover a quilter will love

March 13th, 2014|0 Comments

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The photo of Hood River orchards in bloom that appears on our March 15, 2014 cover is reminiscent of a quilt made up of farms