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Sustainable & Organic Agriculture

Featured stories covering sustainable and organic agriculture appear in this issue.

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Counting the benefits of biocontrol

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A more expensive pesticide might be more economical if it lets natural enemies do their work.

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Honeycrisp challenges club concept

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The name Ambrosia reflects the aromatic flavor of the apple.
Courtesy Sally & Wilfrid Mennell

Honeycrisp has set the standard for new varieties to follow in terms

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Help needed for invasive stinkbug

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Brown marmorated stinkbugs overwinter in protected areas, emerge in April in the mid-Atlantic area, and lay eggs from May through August.

Entomologists in the mid-Atlantic states

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Beauty with benefits

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David James

Restoring native sagebrush steppe habitat in and near vineyards and wineries in central Washington could attract more than just beneficial insects to the vineyard.

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Late grafting can be successful

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The book Plant Propagation—Principles and Practices by Hudson Hartmann and Dale Kester, the authorities on propagating plants, does not state what a grower can do

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What growers have learned

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Bull suckers are already becoming obvious in this block of cherries on the Upright Fruiting Offshoots system that was planted a year ago at Orchard

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The art of tart

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Six MBA students say a single-strength tart cherry juice produced and marketed by a grower cooperative could be a marketplace winner.

What the tart cherry industry

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Combining wine tasting with nature

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The upper slopes of Washington’s Red Mountain come alive in the spring with flowers of lupine, phlox, and balsamroot. Washington State

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Growers gain UFO experience

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Workers at Orchard View Farms tie cherry trees to the wire for training to the new Upright Fruiting Offshoots system.

Growers working with the new Upright

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Attracting beneficial insects

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A sticky trap monitors beneficial insect abundance near flowering yarrow plants. After evaluating more than 40 flowering perennial plant species, Dr.

Good Point – Save “Lassie”

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In late March, Elizabeth Taylor died at age 79 after a long career in front of wedding cakes and movie cameras. Her first major Hollywood

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Effective, economical weed control

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The Wonder Weeder and similar tools deliver orchard weed control at less cost than chemical controls.

The Holy Grail that organic apple growers are looking for

Promoting tart cherries on a tiny budget

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The tart cherry industry is in year four of an advertising and promotion campaign developed by the Chicago advertising agency Weber Shandwick and its team

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Old Southern apples star in book

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Disharoon, an old, north Georgia apple thought to have been cultivated by native Americans, came to Lee Calhoun’s orchard in 1998.

The apples in Lee Calhoun’s

Prepare for future technology

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Orchard structure will be a critical factor in the success of the tree fruit industry of the future because orchards will need to be compatible

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Last Bite – A pear, by any other name

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Left: D’Anjou grows well in the Pacific Northwest’s dry climate. Right: This photo was taken at the National Clonal Germplasm Repository in Corvallis, Oregon, where

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Measuring the organic footprint

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Tilling the soil releases carbon into the atmosphere, but does the compost that organic growers apply compensate for that?

Emissions of nitrous oxide from on-farm fertilizer

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Fruit processor harnesses solar power

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This 19-acre solar power system at Knouse Foods will generate 4 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. The 14,000 230-watt polycrystalline solar panels face south

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Cutting costs of IPM

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Vince Jones at Washington State University is testing the new Z-Trap, which zaps insects and records when they were trapped. It might be possible to

Knouse has wide reach

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Knouse Foods is a large fruit-processing company with seven processing plants in three states and 1,500 employees packing apple sauce, apple juice, apple slices, apple

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How big is the orchard footprint?

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The galvanized wire used for trellises might contribute significantly to the environmental footprint of an orchard because of the large amount of energy used in