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Soils & Weed Control

Featured stories covering soils and weed control issues appear in this issue.

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DriftWatch grows

April 21st, 2014|0 Comments

pecialty crops growers, especially those who grow grapes, will have new cause for concern in 2015 when new genetically modified field crops are expected to come to fields near their orchards and vineyards.

Managing orchard weeds

April 21st, 2014|1 Comment

Fruit growers are always looking for better, cheaper ways of controlling vegetation under the trees in their orchards, but, in general, weed control gets more expensive and more complicated.

Growers face land constraints

April 15th, 2014|1 Comment

Fruit growers in British Columbia , Canada, may still stand tall as leaders in high-density orchard systems, but they can only wonder at the enormity of the Washington apple industry across their southern border.

  • A worker spreads biochar on a research plot at Iowa State University. The material increases waterholding capacity. (Courtesy Ajay Nair)

Organic matter that lasts

April 14th, 2014|2 Comments

Tree fruit growers may one day have a new way to dramatically improve soil quality in low-organic-matter soils. Imagine being able to add organic matter that will last thousands of years, essentially permanently affecting soil tilth and structure, instead of the few years you can get using cover crops and mulches. The “new” form of organic material is called biochar.