Kent Christensen, president of Independent Warehouse, Inc., in Dryden, Washington, received the Washington State Horticultural Association’s Silver Pear Award during the association’s annual meeting in December. Incoming Hort President Steve Zediker, presented the award
China could become a significant market for U.S. pears. Louis Ng, who represents the Pear Bureau Northwest in China, believes China could be importing 500,000 to 600,000 boxes of pears annually within the next five to ten years. That would make China the second-largest pear export market after Mexico.
1 Which of the following cherries is not an offspring of Van?
2 The Honeycrisp apple was bred in?
3 Which cherry variety is the father of Bing?
a. Black Republican
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 Washington State Department of Agriculture. The most recent statistics from
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 their natural enemies. Sound management strategies must consider the phenology
Washington State University entomologist Dr. Stan Hoyt developed integrated mite control in the late 1960s (see “How integrated mite control works”).
Over the last four decades, integrated mite control has saved Washington fruit growers millions of
Different pear cultivars have unique challenges associated with their fruiting habits; young d’Anjou trees can bloom profusely but set relatively few fruit, while Bartlett trees are fairly precocious and productive.
Mature d’Anjou trees typically produce
Pear and apple orchardists have a fairly broad field of products to use in controlling fireblight—and it should get even more crowded in the coming year with new registrations anticipated, says an Oregon State University
Considerable time is required to recoup the increased establishment costs that accompany higher density plantings given the precocity challenges associated with commercially available pear rootstocks and scions. Limited fruiting and excessive vegetative growth create an