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Sustainable Agriculture

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

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Last Bite

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White varieties need more water

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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 how

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Nothing easy about organic weed control

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Research in a newly planted organic vineyard showed just how difficult and labor-intensive weed control is under organic conditions. Not only can weeds and cover

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Heavenly host

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For brown marmorated stinkbugs, the tree of heaven appears to be just that—a heavenly place to live.

“They can live there and rear their young there—they

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Top five things to consider before going organic

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When you heard at the coffee shop that organic Honeycrisp apples were returning well over $1,000 a bin to the growers this spring, it was

Organic hurdles

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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 future

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Optimizing production

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With some new apple varieties, like Honeycrisp, selling for more than $50 a box wholesale, suddenly orchards are capable of producing levels of annual income

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Fruiting walls with windows

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In Italy, where mechanical pruning is being used to form fruiting walls, researchers and growers are already looking at the next step beyond mechanical pruning.

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Fruiting wall principles

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The tall spindle orchard design that is being so steadfastly encouraged by researchers—and adopted by growers—in the eastern United States came about from the discovery

Food Alliance’s future uncertain

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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 through

Trends in organic tree fruit

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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 the

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Plantings set record pace

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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, there

Pest pressures challenge organics future

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The favorable climate and relatively low pest and disease pressure in the arid West have been blessings for organic tree fruit growers. Those conditions explain

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Pear growers surveyed on biological control

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Implementing stable biological control programs requires growers and pest managers to have a much better understanding of management actions against not only pests, but also

Why organic cherries are in decline

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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 2,450