March 1st, 2008|0 Comments
The letters on Dow’s labels designated the area of origin. On occasion, fruit box labels bearing a prominent and distinctive blue
Western flower thrips is becoming an increasing problem in orchards It takes vigilance to prevent damage by some stone fruit pests
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
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
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
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.
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
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,
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.
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
Consumers in Australia prefer cherries without stems because they look fresh, a Washington State University study suggests. Dr. Matt Whiting, horticulturist with Washington State
Washington State county pest boards have authority to deal with unmanaged growth in former orchard sites, like this one at left, that can
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?
Growers and researchers will learn together, says Dr. Jay Brunner. A program is under way to help Washington apple growers learn
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
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
"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
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
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
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,
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
This LIPCO tunnel sprayer can reduce drift by 90 percent compared to conventional sprayers, according to Dr. Andrew Landers. Sprayers
Grower Tom Miller helps Kathy Charlton unload his grapes that were grown locally for Olympic Cellar’s Nouveau wine. Kathy Charlton, motivated
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
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
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
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
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.
Short and stunted shoots are signs of damage from two new mites found in Washington State, grape leaf rust mite and bud mite.
Today I was enjoying my monthly read of Good Fruit Grower, and noticed the article by Melissa Hansen "Making Sense of Global Warming"
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
In response to regulatory pressures, pest management in orchards will become more challenging and risky for producers. As federal and state regulations restrict the
October 6th, 2015|0 Comments
Growers and packers are adapting to the new requirements.
September 28th, 2015|0 Comments
Last Tuesday morning I was present as member of the welcoming committee for the official arrival ceremony for Present Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic
3 (Tuesday) - 5 (Thursday)