Crop Management & Pollination
Featured stories about crop management and pollination appear in this issue.
Nods to Tim Smith of WSU; Gary Van Sickle, new Tree Fruit Agreement president; Coloma, Michigan peach grower Paul Friday; Dr. Henry Hogmire recognized by National Peach Council; New Jersey grower award winner Douglas Zee, Jr.; Wine grape Grower of the Year; winemaker Kay Simon; Safe Quality Food appointee Rob Adams.
Getting it right
One of the most common mistakes in crop management of apples is underestimating the crop load, says Kevin Larson, horticulturist with Roche Fruit Company, Yakima,
Fumigation of orchard land can be done in the fall or spring.
Doug and Len England, owners of Custom Orchard Fumigation in Manson, Washington, recommend fall fumigation, though there are good reasons why a grower might prefer
Biocontrols still under study
Ongoing research by Dr. Mark Mazzola, plant pathologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, suggests incorporating oil-seed meals into the soil before replanting an orchard
Don’t skimp on site prep
There is no part of site preparation that a grower can afford to be lackadaisical about, says Dale England (right), who runs a fumigation business
Dealing with heavy fruit set
Lynn Long believes that Gisela rootstock can consistently produce 10-row cherries with good tonnage (10 tons per acre). Are Gisela rootstocks a viable option for
How to prune trees on Gisela
A different mindset is needed when pruning sweet cherry trees on Gisela rootstocks than on Mazzard, says Lynn Long, Oregon State University Extension educator. Gisela
New cherry season ahead
The 2009 cherry season is over. It’s time to get over it and find a way to win in 2010, says produce marketing and retail
Big cherries require big commitment
Left: Before pruning: Bing on Mazzard rootstock. Right: After pruning: The same Bing on Mazzard tree. Notice that the small, weak wood was removed. Growing