Featured stories about organic pest control and fruiting walls appear in this issue.
Growing apples in the eastern United States under USDA organic certification standards is not easy, and it’s still not clear whether there is much [...]
Three experts teamed up to make the case for precision orchard management. From left are economist Alison DeMarree, fruit grower Rod Farrow, and horticulturist [...]
American fruit growers are land-rich by Italian standards, Dorigoni says. In Italy, orchard land has been in use for centuries and is continually renewed [...]
PHOTO BY RICHARD LEHNERT
The tall spindle orchard design that is being so steadfastly encouraged by researchers—and adopted by growers—in the eastern United States came [...]
A lack of funding has forced the Food Alliance to suspend its operations, though its licensed producers will be able to use the eco-label [...]
Washington State University’s sustainable agriculture specialist David Granatstein keeps tabs on organic tree fruit production statistics, compiling charts and graphs from data supplied by [...]
If Washington’s 129-million-box apple crop took you by surprise last fall, consider this.
If there hadn’t been hailstorms throughout Washington State during the growing season, [...]
The favorable climate and relatively low pest and disease pressure in the arid West have been blessings for organic tree fruit growers. Those conditions [...]
Pears at harvest.
PHOTO COURTESY OF OSU
Implementing stable biological control programs requires growers and pest managers to have a much better understanding of management [...]
Organic cherry acreage in Washington State was up. Now it’s down. What’s behind the flux in acreage?
Organic cherry acreage reached a high of nearly [...]
1 True or false? The Z-Trap is a device for killing Zetzellia mali?
2 How many gallons of fuel does it take to transport a [...]
What works well on red wine grape varieties might be too much of a good thing for whites.
Grape growers in Washington State have learned [...]
Weed control in a newly planted organic vineyard is difficult and labor intensive but very much needed.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CAROL MILES
Research in a [...]
Tree of heaven is an invasive species that outcompetes other plants by using allelopathic chemicals. Inset left: Tree of heaven can grow as large [...]
Harold Ostenson, center, discusses organic farming practices with Chelan grower Ray Fuller (left) and Stephan Bellon, a research horticulturist from France.
PHOTO BY GERALDINE [...]