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Irrigation & Sustainable Agriculture

Featured stories about irrigation and sustainable agriculture appear in this issue.

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Jim Koempel, Apple Citizen

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Jim Koempel, an orchardist at Cashmere, Washington, has been named Apple Citizen of the Year by the Washington Apple Blossom

Mid-Atlantic peach industry under pressure

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The Mid-Atlantic tree fruit industry is shrinking under pressure from housing developments, as city commuters build luxury homes in rural areas. “We’ve lost

Applying sustainability nationwide

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It’s hard enough to develop, coordinate, and execute sustainable programs for wine-grape-producing regions even statewide, but Australia is implementing environmental stewardship on a national basis—and

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Grower replants peaches after virus eradication

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Mark Rice demonstrates a device for thinning peaches that was adapted from an old cherry harvester. He’s still trying to improve on it. Photo

Winery buildings can be sustainable

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Sustainable practices don’t end in the vineyard. Winery facilities can also be sustainable when they are built to be ecologically sound, economically viable, operationally efficient,

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Finding profit in diversity

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President prunes do well on the sandy soils of Singer Farms in Appleton, New York. Photos by Melissa Hansen Jim Bittner has

Are secondary pests pesticide-induced?

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When broad-spectrum pesticides are used for management of primary pests, such as codling moth, secondary or minor pests can become problematic because natural controls are

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Wal-Mart wants regional fruit

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Rice Fruit Company received a record 1.5 millon bushels of apples for packing this season.  Rice Fruit Company of Gardners, Pennsylvania,

Focus on soil shows in the wine

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A two-hour seminar on soil biology was a revelation to Chris Figgins, who promptly began transitioning his vineyards to a more biologically oriented viticulture system.

Rice and fruit go back two centuries

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Rice Fruit Company was founded in Biglerville, Pennsylvania, in 1913 by Arthur Rice, though its origins go back much further. Daniel Rice was the first

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Watch woodpiles for shothole borers

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Healthy cherry trees will try to bleed out the intruding pest, creating shothole “pigtails.”  Photos by Dr. Michael Bush, WSU Extension

Honeycrisp proves buyers will pay more

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Honeycrisp has changed the apple business. It’s possibly the only variety that can sell for $50 a box, noted John Rice, sales manager of Rice

Northwest wants nonfumigation cherry protocol 2

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Pacific Northwest cherry growers are hoping to be able to ship cherries to New Zealand without fumigation in the future. They shipped a small volume

Going organic in the Northeast is tough

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Singer Farms of Appleton, New York, produces organic apples, a difficult feat to accomplish in the Northeast because of disease and pest pressures. “It’s

Organic demand exceeds supply

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Demand for organic tree fruits is outstripping supply, says Roger Wechsler, president of the organic produce marketer CF Fresh of Sedro-Woolley, Washington. The company

New York growers and EurepGAP

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Many New York apple growers are now complying with a European food safety initiative required by some European retailers. Though the program involves extensive

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It’s a bug-eat-bug world

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Female Mormon cricket Why do Mormon crickets move en masse? Partly because banding together shields them from predatory birds and mammals,

Determining latent brown rot infection

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Growers can now use a simple freezing technique to determine if they have latent brown rot infections in their orchards. The University of California’s

Tree Top has new fresh-sliced apple plant

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The fruit processor Tree Top, Inc., has opened a new facility for processing fresh-sliced apples at its main location in Selah, Washington, and has closed

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Help on the Web for brown rot

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Fruit rot of mature dried plum fruit caused by the brown rot fungus. A new, interactive Web site developed by the

Pear meeting to feature consumer panel

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Pear growers will have an opportunity to hear from a panel of consumers during the Pear Bureau Northwest’s annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, on June

International Cameo apple group is formed

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Cameo Partners International is a new group formed recently to coordinate the promotion and development of the Cameo apple around the world. Kevin

Orchard workers committed to learning

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Eighteen orchard workers from Wenatchee, Washington, and surrounding areas were honored this spring for the commitment they made to furthering their education. They were

Survey of tree fruit and grape acreage begins

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The National Agricultural Statistics Service is surveying more than 4,000 tree fruit and grape growers in Washington State to compile a new inventory of acreage

Technology & Good Fruit

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With support from individuals and agricultural commodity groups, particularly tree fruit and grapes, the Washington State legislature approved funding in March 2006 to Washington State

Myth and reality

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Do the preparations added when farming biodynamically really make a difference? A Washington State University study comparing biodynamic and organic viticulture found no significant differences

Study compares biodynamic and organic soils

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With the lack of published research on biodynamic viticulture, Dr. John Reganold was eager to participate in a side-by-side comparison of organic and biodynamic viticulture

Sustainable grape programs thrive in Northwest

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With the recent unveiling of Washington State’s newest sustainable viticulture program, Vinewise, Pacific Northwest wine grape growers now have access to three regional programs dealing