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Sustainable Agriculture

Featured stories about organic pest control appear in this issue.

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  • Eastern organic apples

Eastern organic apples

  • May 1st, 2012

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 [...]

Finding a better way

  • May 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • May 1st, 2012

Arctic Snow, patented by Zaiger Genetics and sold by Dave Wilson Nursery, ripens late August to early September. The fruit is freestone, sweet, low [...]

  • Watch out, codling moth!

Watch out, codling moth!

  • May 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Head of the class

Head of the class

  • May 1st, 2012

The Young Apple Leaders of 2012 are, back row left to right, Sarah Dressell, Sara Shanteau, Casey Collins, Adam Peters, Mark Boyer, Dave Gargasz, [...]

Good to Know

  • May 1st, 2012

Premature fruit drop can cause 20 percent or more yield loss in pears without intervention. Natural drop signals fruit maturity and the onset of [...]

  • Need a lawyer?

Need a lawyer?

  • May 1st, 2012

A group of Young Leaders listens to Don Kraemer, acting deputy director of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, during the [...]

Vineyard replanting economics

  • May 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Silver bullet is short lived

Silver bullet is short lived

  • May 1st, 2012

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 [...]

A report card for juice grapes

  • May 1st, 2012

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 [...]

  • Choosing not to replant

Choosing not to replant

  • May 1st, 2012

An example of layering, in which a cane is brought from the old Cabernet Sauvignon cordon on the right to where a vine was [...]

  • Promising organic herbicide found

Promising organic herbicide found

  • May 1st, 2012

These large crabgrass seedlings show the effect of preemergence application of manuka oil. Control is on the right. Concentrations of manuka oil increase toward [...]

  • Sustainability can be economical

Sustainability can be economical

  • May 1st, 2012

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 [...]

Niche product

  • May 1st, 2012

Sevin (carbaryl) will continue to be available for chemical thinning and pest control in tree fruits, says Dr. Jonathan Akins, director of regulatory affairs [...]

  • Ready for the audit?

Ready for the audit?

  • May 1st, 2012

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 [...]

What do rootstocks do

  • May 1st, 2012

Apple growers first became interested in grafting scions onto rootstocks when they realized that dwarfing rootstocks could tame vigor, bring trees down to manageable [...]

Organic plantings drop

  • May 1st, 2012

Organic tree fruit acreage in Washington State is on the decline overall, although plantings of organic Honeycrisp have increased significantly over the past few [...]

  • Going without sulfites

Going without sulfites

  • May 1st, 2012

Greg Powers knows viticulture and enology from the ground up and was manager for the family estate vineyard before taking on winemaker duties.
Melissa [...]