Project Description

Sustainable Agriculture

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

Organic hurdles

  • May 1st, 2013

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 [...]

  • Optimizing production

Optimizing production

  • May 1st, 2013

Three experts teamed up to make the case for precision orchard management. From left are economist Alison DeMarree, fruit grower Rod Farrow, and horticulturist [...]

  • Fruiting walls with windows

Fruiting walls with windows

  • May 1st, 2013

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 [...]

  • Fruiting wall principles

Fruiting wall principles

  • May 1st, 2013


The tall spindle orchard design that is being so steadfastly encouraged by researchers—and adopted by growers—in the eastern United States came [...]

Trends in organic tree fruit

  • May 1st, 2013

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 [...]

  • Plantings set record pace

Plantings set record pace

  • May 1st, 2013

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, [...]

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • May 1st, 2013

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 [...]

  • Heavenly host

Heavenly host

  • May 1st, 2013

Tree of heaven is an invasive species that outcompetes other plants by using allelopathic chemicals. Inset left: Tree of heaven can grow as large [...]