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Sustainable & Organic Agriculture

Featured stories about sustainable & organic agriculture appear in this issue.

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Last Bite

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The letters on Dow’s labels designated the area of origin. On occasion, fruit box labels bearing a prominent and distinctive blue

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Beware of returning pests

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Western flower thrips is becoming an increasing problem in orchards It takes vigilance to prevent damage by some stone fruit pests

Good Stuff

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NAA Available in Liquid FormFruitone (napthalene acetic acid), a plant growth regulator designed to thin fruit, enhance return bloom, and control preharvest drop in apples

Bait is top cherry fruit fly spray

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Some cherry growers are still skeptical that the GF-120 bait can control cherry fruit fly as well as other pesticides do. However, the product is

Good Point

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More than 50 percent of Washington farm owners are over 60 years old, according to data from the agricultural census. As this large proportion of

Strategies for Psylla

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A cold winter, a lack of rain, and pear psylla’s resistance to pesticides combined to create the perfect storm for pear growers last season, Dr.

Apple Matters

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In today’s global business and 24/7 news environment, the potential for a crisis in the apple industry is real. With more stakeholders, regulators, ­critics, and

Good to know

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A research report from Drs. Vincent Jones, Gary Grove, and Jay Brunner, Washington State University While the tree fruit industry is no stranger to change,

Brined cherries face challenges

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Reduced supplies of U.S. brining cherries and restricted supplies of imported brining cherries are making it hard for the U.S. cherry-brining industry to meet demand.

Apple maggot on the move

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The apple maggot is slowly making its way north through central Washington’s fruit growing areas, though it is not yet established north of Ellensburg, Tim

Australians like stemless cherries

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Consumers in Australia prefer cherries without stems because they look fresh, a Washington State University study suggests. Dr. Matt Whiting, horticulturist with Washington State

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Pest boards play critical roles

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Washington State county pest boards have authority to deal with unmanaged growth in former orchard sites, like this one at left, that can

What makes a good cherry?

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Target fruit has become a buzzword in tree fruit production in recent years. It’s what growers are encouraged to grow, but what exactly is it?

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Out with the old, in with the new

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Growers and researchers will learn together, says Dr. Jay Brunner. A program is under way to help Washington apple growers learn

Cultivation vs. chemicals

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In the minds of the public, organic food production is associated with efforts to save the planet, but Warren Morgan, an apple grower and packer

What to choose

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Orchardists now have about ten products to choose from for controlling the key pests codling moth and leafrollers, not counting the traditional organophosphate materials. Some

Organic cherry market is volatile

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"Hang on tight and let her rip," is how West Mathison describes organic cherry marketing. "We get excited about organic marketing because it’s crazy," the

Managing apple pests

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A good pest management program targets multiple pests with the same material. It targets multiple life cycles, applies materials at the proper time, and uses

Organic cherries are doable

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Orchardists interested in joining the growing organic-cherry movement need commitment, patience, and intimate knowledge of their block, a panel of organic cherry producers and marketers

Sniffing out pests

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Imagine if your spray equipment could tell where the pests were in your orchard so you could treat only the infested parts of the trees,

Good Question

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Last year, the stars aligned for fresh cherry growers, who produced a record crop in both volume and fruit size. The Pacific Northwest produced 14.5

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Drifting away

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This LIPCO tunnel sprayer can reduce drift by 90 percent compared to conventional sprayers, according to Dr. Andrew Landers. Sprayers

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Olympic grapes

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Grower Tom Miller helps Kathy Charlton unload his grapes that were grown locally for Olympic Cellar’s Nouveau wine. Kathy Charlton, motivated

Stealth sprayer

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A three-year trial of a stationary pesticide application system that uses irrigation lines to deliver pesticides shows promising results. Thus far, insect and disease incidence

New strategy for sucking pests

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A new insecticide in the registration pipeline will give grape growers a chance to control sucking insects during the root-feeding stage, says a Washington State

Children learn to like fruit

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A school snack program initiated by the province of British Columbia, Canada, is gaining national and international recognition as a model for promoting a healthier

Be wary of pesticide blends

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Washington State University entomologist Dr. Doug Walsh is worried about a trend he is seeing in pesticide registrations of new compound materials, a trend he

B.C. orchardists call for more replant program funding.

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Government funding and labor shortages were key issues at the annual convention of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, in January.

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Gaining on mites

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Short and stunted shoots are signs of damage from two new mites found in Washington State, grape leaf rust mite and bud mite.

In The Box

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Today I was enjoying my monthly read of Good Fruit Grower, and noticed the article by Melissa Hansen "Making Sense of Global Warming"

Reduced-risk strategy

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A federally funded project designed to encourage tart cherry growers to transition to more benign pest and disease controls showed that plum curculio, a key

First Bite

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In response to regulatory pressures, pest management in orchards will become more challenging and risky for producers. As federal and state regulations restrict the