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Sustainable Agriculture

Featured stories about organic pest control appear in this issue.

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Last Bite

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

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Promising organic herbicide found

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

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Watch out, codling moth!

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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 to

Niche product

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

Good to Know

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

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Ready for the audit?

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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 turning to

Vineyard replanting economics

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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 modify

Organic plantings drop

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

A report card for juice grapes

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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 growers.

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Eastern organic apples

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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 of

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Choosing not to replant

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

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Sustainability can be economical

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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 Hansen

Sustainability touches

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Organic viticulture is all about timing

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Bill Powers used common materials—screen mesh, bottoms of plastic jugs—to construct his pest fan.
Melissa Hansen

The key to making organic practices effective in the vineyard boils

What do rootstocks do

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

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Going without sulfites

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

Finding a better way

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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 intensive

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Fruit drop is not simple to manage

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Dr. Rongcai Yuan made important contributions to understanding fruit abscission processes. He died a year ago of cancer at age 45.
Photo by Steve McArtney

Scientists have

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Head of the class

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

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Need a lawyer?

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

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Silver bullet is short lived

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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 regulator that

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Lone organic grower finds it tough

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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, infrastructure