Featured stories about pest management — and more — in this issue.
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Tree times a Lady: Petite Lady Apple stacks up
Small growers bet on small Lady Apple for niche markets.
Chinese export market sparking hot Chilean cherries
South American producers seek market diversification.
Good to Know: Production priorities for USDA research
At Appalachian Fruit Research Station, scientists focus on sustainable production for modern systems.
A bug spray for boosting beneficials
Washington growers and researchers feeling out the potential of natural enemy applications in orchards.
Genetic research rearing moths that don’t like them apples
Researcher explores genetics for codling moth control.
IPM using playback against pests
Italian researchers test vibrational insect signaling for mating disruption.
Growers have an IPM message to tell
MSU speaker says growers need to promote the IPM practices they already do, while still eyeing emerging tools.
Double duty nets protect apple crop
Hail netting protects apple trees from pests in University of Minnesota trial.
Good to Know: IPM with a phenology focus
Connecting pear psylla phenology with IPM strategies proves successful for Wenatchee Valley pear growers.
Edge effects may boost biocontrol
Oregon research finds wild blackberry brambles show potential as host for spotted wing drosophila parasitoids.
Early decisions aid proper pear pruning
Selecting fresh versus cannery pear blocks in winter allows appropriate pruning.
Hansen: Drones may help improve biocontrol in wine grapes
New research shows drones and attractant have potential to sustainably enhance beneficials in Washington vineyards.
Good Stuff: March 1, 2023
A selection of the latest products and services for tree fruit and grape growers.
Lewis joins Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development
Mary “Bess” Lewis joined the Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development team as a management development specialist...
Homeland Security proposes H-2A fee increases
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has proposed increasing foreign worker application fees, in some cases more than doubling them.
Branded variety news: Mardi Gras pear makes debut; SugarBee apple program expands
A new pear variety is hitting store shelves in February, marketed under the brand name Mardi Gras by Domex Superfresh Growers of Yakima, Washington.
Washington labor officials conducting customer service survey
Washington labor officials are seeking farmers for a customer service survey about the state’s agricultural workforce recruitment process.