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Pest Management

Featured stories about pest management appear in this issue.

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  • Good job

Good job

  • March 1st, 2013

Cherry blossoms being protected by ice during an early April cold snap. ­­Cherry orchard owned by Andy and Sheila Slinkard, located near Basin City, [...]

Last Bite: Do you know your pests?

  • March 1st, 2013

1    In which plant has the brown marmorated stinkbug been most commonly found in Oregon?
a.    Tree of heaven
b.    Hop
c.    Cherry
d.   [...]

  • One last Guthion spray

One last Guthion spray

  • March 1st, 2013

Fruit growers in Michigan can use existing stocks of the insecticide azinphos-methyl (Guthion) one more time before it is phased out at the end [...]

Bug pheromone studied

  • March 1st, 2013

In tree fruit pest management, most monitoring and mating disruption technologies are based on phero­mones that female insects release to attract males. For example, [...]

  • For the birds

For the birds

  • March 1st, 2013

Preliminary estimates of bird damage to fruit crops made during 2012 show what fruit growers already know: Fruit production can be for the birds—at [...]

  • Topping shoots

Topping shoots

  • March 1st, 2013

Retired veterinarian and horticulturist Dr. Tom Miller says topping shoots when they reach the trellis midwire will help avoid early bunch stem necrosis in [...]

  • Bacterial canker

Bacterial canker

  • March 1st, 2013

The weather turned hot and dry—­conditions conducive to healing the cuts without making the canker situation worse. Then, the recommended approach was to make [...]

Speak out

  • March 1st, 2013

Proposed regulations to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act could bring dramatic changes to the growing, harvest, and packing of tree fruit. Although state, [...]

  • A new tool for IPM

A new tool for IPM

  • March 1st, 2013

In recent years, the use of insect models has become an important tool in pest management. Current models help predict key seasonal events in [...]

  • The Top Five

The Top Five

  • March 1st, 2013

Before you buy a new orchard sprayer, you’ll want to think about it a bit. A sprayer is a major investment, about $50,000, not [...]

  • U.S. pears head to China

U.S. pears head to China

  • March 1st, 2013

The Pear Bureau Northwest is giving this framed God of Fortune poster to Chinese importers to demonstrate the profit opportunities for U.S. pears.
Photo [...]

  • Stinkbug is strong flier

Stinkbug is strong flier

  • March 1st, 2013

The stinkbug injects saliva into the fruit and then sucks out the juice, causing brown areas in the flesh that can resemble bitter pit.
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Food Safety Committee guides research

  • March 1st, 2013

The Pacific Northwest Food SafetyCommittee, an industry advisory group representing tree fruit growers, packers, and researchers, was organized in 2007 to guide the Northwest [...]

Certification not unique to produce

  • March 1st, 2013

Agriculture, with its various food safety and sustainable production standards now required by many retailers, is not the only industry subject to standards. Hundreds [...]