Featured stories about organic pest control and fruiting walls appear in this issue.
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 [...]
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 [...]