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  • A stump, treated with herbicide, stands above a block that has suffered significant losses to X disease over the past two years. The phytoplasma pathogen can spread through root-to-root grafting, so treating the stumps with herbicide can reveal if neighboring, not-yet-symptomatic trees need to be removed as well. (TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower)

Aid available for cherry growers removing little cherry disease-infected blocks

August 12th, 2020|

Washington cherry growers can now turn to federal aid to help with the cost of removing entire cherry blocks to slow the spread of little cherry disease.  The U.S.Department of Agriculture’s Tree Assistance Program offers financial assistance to orchardists who replant trees lost to natural disasters, which includes the X-disease phytoplasma and little cherry virus. In August, the Washington committee

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