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Seeing Green

Featured stories about harvest aids, cover recipe, online organic courses appear in this issue.

Consulting can be mutually beneficial

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Consulting for wineries helped Charlie Hoppes establish his own winery. The benefits from consulting often go two ways, according to experienced winemakers who work as

Consultants provide expertise

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John Bookwalter says his winemaking style reflects the consultant's but remains his own. The Bookwalter family has been making wines in the Columbia Valley for

Good to Know

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The thickness of the fruit wall is maintained by mechanical pruning performed annually six or seven weeks after bloom, as shown in the photo of

Another set of eyes

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Fieldma'am Joan Johnson talks with Tom Garrison during the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers's summer tour. In the 30 years since the wine industry

Vines in hot water

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Hot water treatment of grapevines is an important—and in some cases, mandatory—tool for controlling the spread of pests and disease, but for some growers the

Recognizing vine cankers

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Botryosphaeria is often overlooked as a pathogen for canker diseases of grapevines, but Dr. Doug Gubler of the University of California, Davis wants growers to

Harvest aids

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A foam-lined picking box, with curtained bottom, is used during harvest at D-L orchards. Right, stepladders are stored until harvest time. Platforms are very important

Use cultural practices to manage pests

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Cultural practices and pest management must be balanced, says Michael Costello. Management practices for one kind of pest can affect nontargeted pests in the vineyard,

New orchard owners value their employees

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Francisco Ramirez, left, a graduate of Wenatchee Valley College's Hispanic Orchard Employee Education Program, is a full-time orchard worker and part-time grower.Right, Humberto Ramirez said

Vintage views

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by Terry EdwardsA new postcard book published by the Canadian Kelowna Museums offers a nostalgic window into the evolution of British Columbia's orchard industry. Apple

Do-it-yourself wasp control

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Growers can make this wasp trap by cutting off the top of a plastic liter soda bottle, inverting the top, and placing it back in

A better life

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Cousins and partners Heriberto Espinoza (left) and Rogelio Mora started out as orchard workers, then leased orchards, and were eventually able to buy acreage. After

Benefits of cover crops in vines

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Cover crops can do more than fight weeds and improve the health of vineyard soils. Growers in California are finding the right crop can also

New and improved stone fruits

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Bloody-fleshed nectarines, plum pox–resistant stone fruit, and super-sweet apricots are a few examples of the products being developed at a government-supported stone-fruit–breeding program in southeastern

Versatile robot

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Dr. Derek Morikawa In developing a robotic apple-picking system, Vision Robotics Corporation has taken a revolutionary two-step approach that involves sending a robotic scout through

Apple Matters

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Did you have enough workers to harvest your crop? Will you next year? How could proposed food-safety regulations affect your business? Will apples continue to

Practical aid to Afghans

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Afghan orchard owner Mohammad Younus (left), now deceased, talks with Roots of Peace Extension team leader Pohanyar Pir Mohammad. Grape cartons were used for a

Good Stuff

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The SZR Elecktronik can harvest up to 1,100 plum, cherry, or olive trees in 12 hours. Bottom, The larger track footprint of the Power Krawler

Quick Bites

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Risk Management in Spanish The Washington State Department of Agriculture has produced a five-disc set of audio compact discs in Spanish for Latino farmers. The

Good to Go

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Learn to Use TEAM A series of free computer workshops has been scheduled to teach growers how to use A Grower's Technology Economic Assessment Model

Good Job

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New extension economist The comparative costs of organic and conventional apple production is a topic Washington State University Extension economist Mykel Taylor wishes to study.

First Bite

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by Bruce Grim Happy 104th birthday to the Washington State Horticultural Association! Anything one hundred years old or older in the Pacific Northwest is noteworthy

Enclosed orchards

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Myriam Siham, entomologist, says that several growers are experimenting with using hail nets to keep insects out of apple orchards. The hail nets used extensively

W trees

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Delbard Nursery has found a niche in the retail market growing "ready-to-fruit" trees for backyard gardeners. Delbard has found success at the retail level with