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 / [...]
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 [...]
Generations of growers have monitored the key pests in their orchards. Over the years, traps and lures available to growers have evolved. Yet, 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 [...]
Peach and nectarine trees will always set more fruit than the trees can size.
For most orchardists, thinning peach and nectarine trees is one [...]
Agriculture, with its various food safety and sustainable production standards now required by many retailers, is not the only industry subject to standards. Hundreds [...]
This winter, I was pleased to address a large number of growers at North Central Washington Pear Day in Wenatchee. The title of my [...]
Cherry blossoms being protected by ice during an early April cold snap. Cherry orchard owned by Andy and Sheila Slinkard, located near Basin City, [...]
1 In which plant has the brown marmorated stinkbug been most commonly found in Oregon?
a. Tree of heaven
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 [...]
In tree fruit pest management, most monitoring and mating disruption technologies are based on pheromones that female insects release to attract males. For example, [...]
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 [...]
Retired veterinarian and horticulturist Dr. Tom Miller says topping shoots when they reach the trellis midwire will help avoid early bunch stem necrosis in [...]
As growers move to modern, high-density planting systems to improve yield and orchard management, they need to match the sprayer output to the modern [...]
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 [...]
Proposed regulations to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act could bring dramatic changes to the growing, harvest, and packing of tree fruit. Although state, [...]
In recent years, the use of insect models has become an important tool in pest management. Current models help predict key seasonal events in [...]
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 [...]
Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is on the edge of being able to successfully ripen many traditional wine grape varieties. And when you combine a marginal [...]
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Leading deciduous fruit exporters around the [...]
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 stinkbug injects saliva into the fruit and then sucks out the juice, causing brown areas in the flesh that can resemble bitter pit.