Sustainable & Organic Agriculture
Featured stories covering sustainable and organic agriculture appear in this issue.
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 late March, Elizabeth Taylor died at age 79 after a long career in front of wedding cakes and movie cameras. Her first major [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Imperial Gala on Tatura Trellis were bark grafted in early October (spring) 2009. A severe wind and rainstorm in the summer damaged many grafts [...]
The tart cherry industry is in year four of an advertising and promotion campaign developed by the Chicago advertising agency Weber Shandwick and its [...]
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 [...]
The upper slopes of Washington’s Red Mountain come alive in the spring with flowers of lupine, phlox, and balsamroot. Washington [...]
Orchard structure will be a critical factor in the success of the tree fruit industry of the future because orchards will need to be [...]
A sticky trap monitors beneficial insect abundance near flowering yarrow plants. After evaluating more than 40 flowering perennial plant species, [...]
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, [...]
The name Ambrosia reflects the aromatic flavor of the apple.
Courtesy Sally & Wilfrid Mennell
Honeycrisp has set the standard for new varieties to follow [...]
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 [...]
Restoring native sagebrush steppe habitat in and near vineyards and wineries in central Washington could attract more than just beneficial insects to the [...]
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 [...]
Bull suckers are already becoming obvious in this block of cherries on the Upright Fruiting Offshoots system that was planted a year ago at [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]