Featured stories about pest management appear in this issue.
Bryan Mrachek / grower / Malaga, Washington
age / 27
family farm / Lucky Bohemian Farms, which is owned by Laura and Mike Mrachek, Bryan’s parents
crops / [...]
Cherry blossoms being protected by ice during an early April cold snap. Cherry orchard owned by Andy and Sheila Slinkard, located near Basin City, [...]
Tom Miller set up tenting trials in his Dungeness Bay Vineyard.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF TOM MILLER
Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is on the edge of being [...]
Cherry fruit flies and apple maggots are hard to control with newer insecticides that must be ingested because they don’t feed much before laying [...]
The Pear Bureau Northwest is giving this framed God of Fortune poster to Chinese importers to demonstrate the profit opportunities for U.S. pears.
The team gathers to compile data. From left are Shayna Wieferich, Rachael Eaton, Ben Hawes, and Catherine Lindell.
courtesy of Catherine Lindell
Preliminary estimates of [...]
Dr. Des Layne, Washington State University’s new and first tree fruit extension team leader, began work on February 1 with no modest ambition in [...]
PHOTO BY RICHARD LEHNERT
As growers move to modern, high-density planting systems to improve yield and orchard management, they need to match the [...]
The Pacific Northwest Food SafetyCommittee, an industry advisory group representing tree fruit growers, packers, and researchers, was organized in 2007 to guide the Northwest [...]
Proposed regulations to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act could bring dramatic changes to the growing, harvest, and packing of tree fruit. Although state, [...]
Agriculture, with its various food safety and sustainable production standards now required by many retailers, is not the only industry subject to standards. Hundreds [...]
Left: Rears tower sprayer has adjustable airflow doors on the tower. Center: This Durand Wayland sprayer is equipped with ultrasonic sensing eyes to detect [...]
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Leading deciduous fruit exporters around the [...]
The stinkbug injects saliva into the fruit and then sucks out the juice, causing brown areas in the flesh that can resemble bitter pit.
Left: Figure 1. Ajar trap for oriental fruit moth with exclusion holes. Right: Figure 2. Zorro trap for spotted wing drosophila.
PHOTOS BY ALAN [...]
Left: Shortening laterals in winter reduces the initial fruit load. Center: Laterals always have more fruit than is desired. This lateral needs to be [...]
This winter, I was pleased to address a large number of growers at North Central Washington Pear Day in Wenatchee. The title of my [...]
1 In which plant has the brown marmorated stinkbug been most commonly found in Oregon?
a. Tree of heaven
In tree fruit pest management, most monitoring and mating disruption technologies are based on pheromones that female insects release to attract males. For example, [...]
Left: The control vines of Madeleine Angevine, not tented. Right: This photo was taken the same day in August as the Madeleine Angevine control [...]
A classic bacterial canker symptom showing cankers and gummosis of woody tissue.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Freezes across the northeastern United States last [...]
Left: Syrphid fly (also known as hover fly) larvae or maggots like this are voracious predators of aphids. Center: Syrphid flies feed as adults [...]