Featured stories about organic pest control appear in this issue.
Premature fruit drop can cause 20 percent or more yield loss in pears without intervention. Natural drop signals fruit maturity and the onset of [...]
Nicole Brunner checks the Gras2p training manual, which can be purchased by any Washington grower.
Photo by Geraldine Warner
More Washington growers and packers are [...]
When replanting an existing vineyard, a grower has three scenarios to choose from—replace plants and preserve existing trellis and irrigation systems, replace plants and [...]
Organic tree fruit acreage in Washington State is on the decline overall, although plantings of organic Honeycrisp have increased significantly over the past few [...]
A team of Washington State’s juice grape industry members and university scientists has begun a three-year project to develop a sustainability guide for grape [...]
Until now, Owens has worked with orchards established conventionally and converted to organic.
This year, Anthony Owens will start his second decade as a grower [...]
An example of layering, in which a cane is brought from the old Cabernet Sauvignon cordon on the right to where a vine was [...]
More than 160 photovoltaic panels rest on the rooftop of Powers Winery, generating about 20 percent of the winery’s electricity needs.
Photo by Melissa [...]
Bill Powers used common materials—screen mesh, bottoms of plastic jugs—to construct his pest fan.
The key to making organic practices effective in the [...]
Apple growers first became interested in grafting scions onto rootstocks when they realized that dwarfing rootstocks could tame vigor, bring trees down to manageable [...]
Greg Powers knows viticulture and enology from the ground up and was manager for the family estate vineyard before taking on winemaker duties.
All of the vines at Badger Mountain Vineyard are trained to the Scott-Henry trellis system. Bill Powers says that the Scott-Henry is more labor [...]
Dr. Rongcai Yuan made important contributions to understanding fruit abscission processes. He died a year ago of cancer at age 45.
Photo by Steve [...]
The Young Apple Leaders of 2012 are, back row left to right, Sarah Dressell, Sara Shanteau, Casey Collins, Adam Peters, Mark Boyer, Dave Gargasz, [...]
A group of Young Leaders listens to Don Kraemer, acting deputy director of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, during the [...]
Neal Manly said Tiberon was a unique tool to help nurseries produced branched trees for high-density plantings.
Photo by Geraldine Warner
When a plant growth [...]
Most of Owens’s orchards are surrounded by mature timber. On this mountain, he has three isolated orchards, each about a half mile apart. Luckily, [...]
Arctic Snow, patented by Zaiger Genetics and sold by Dave Wilson Nursery, ripens late August to early September. The fruit is freestone, sweet, low [...]
These large crabgrass seedlings show the effect of preemergence application of manuka oil. Control is on the right. Concentrations of manuka oil increase toward [...]
Left: A female Neoscona oaxacensis orb-weaving spider. Top: Cheiracanthium spiders are known as yellow sac spiders. They are usually pale colored and are 1/5 [...]
Sevin (carbaryl) will continue to be available for chemical thinning and pest control in tree fruits, says Dr. Jonathan Akins, director of regulatory affairs [...]