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Crop Management and Pollination

Featured stories covering managing tree fruit and grape pests appear in this issue.

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Exports benefit B.C. cherry growers

May 27th, 2015|2 Comments

Growers are feeling positive as export opportunities ease margin woes.

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Cherries give fruit flies a boost

May 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Spotted wing drosophila’s wide host range makes it difficult for orchardists to control the pest.

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Is ‘Grape Virus Tax’ hitting your pocketbook?

May 26th, 2015|0 Comments

A new study estimates the economic losses from grape leafroll disease.

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The seven cherry training systems

May 26th, 2015|1 Comment

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Kym Green Bush

The Kym Green Bush (KGB) is the only system of the eight that creates a fully pedestrian orchard—one that can be harvested without

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California expects a moderate cherry crop

May 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Maturity was running a week ahead of normal, minimizing any overlap with the Northwest cherry season.

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Packers join forces

March 31st, 2015|0 Comments

Valley Fruit and Larson Fruit are building a new apple packing line.

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New AVA established in Oregon

March 30th, 2015|0 Comments

The new AVA, located in Oregon, has created problems for Washington wineries.

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Understanding soil organic matter

March 25th, 2015|0 Comments

Don’t overlook the soil if you want your orchard to thrive.

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Few bees in vineyards

March 25th, 2015|0 Comments

Grape pest practices in Washington aren’t harming bees.

Growers urged to join stewardship project

March 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Agriculture in Washington has not been affected by growth management regulations—yet.

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Lanternfly targeted for eradication

March 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Efforts to eliminate the invasive spotted lanternfly will begin this spring in Pennsylvania.

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O'Rourke: Apple prices will force efficiencies

March 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Grower profitability is influenced not just by prices received but by various other factors.

A model for apple thinning

March 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Carbohydrate model and good weather information support grower decisions for apple thinning.

Antibiotic registered for fire blight control

March 19th, 2015|0 Comments

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The bactericide Kasumin (kasugamycin) has been registered in the apple growing states of Washington, Michigan, New York, and Oregon for control of fire blight in

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Stress-free thinning

March 19th, 2015|0 Comments

The model ensures it’s the trees that are stressed, not you.

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Take the guesswork out of thinning

March 18th, 2015|0 Comments

A predictive model enables growers to be in a planning mode rather than a crisis mode at chemical thinning time.

Fine growth regulator receives EPA approval

March 18th, 2015|0 Comments

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Fine Americas, Inc., has received a Section 3 registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the plant growth regulator Kudos (prohexadione calcium) for use

Biennial pear congress to begin this year in Italy

March 18th, 2015|0 Comments

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Beginning this year, Italy’s Interpoma congress and trade show, which focuses on apples, will be alternated with Futurpera, an exhibition devoted to pears.

Interpoma, which is

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Precision pollination

March 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Mechanical pollination could end use of chemicals or hand labor for thinning.

Bees as flying doctors

March 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Honeybees deliver brown rot control to sweet cherry orchards.

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Breeding better bees

March 18th, 2015|0 Comments

WSU researchers hope to make honeybees more resilient by introducing genetic diversity.

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Marcus Morgan, Young Grower from The Dalles, Oregon

March 18th, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / Marcus Morgan, 36, The Dalles, Oregon.  (with Miss Blue)
crops / Cherries
business / Orchard manager for Morgan & Sons Honey Company.
other experience / He

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What should growers do before the piece rate ruling?

March 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Attorneys suggest how to protect yourself from being sued.

Millions of dollars at stake in piece-rate case

March 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Workers and employers can attend Washington State Supreme Court hearing in Toppenish on payment for rest breaks.

Satellite imagery updated

March 17th, 2015|0 Comments

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Wilbur-Ellis Company has reached an agreement with Planet Labs to provide satellite imagery for its AgVerdict software.

AgVerdict is a decision-making tool that combines field-specific data

Companion has organic listing

March 17th, 2015|0 Comments

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Growth Products of White Plains, New York, has introduced Companion, a new broad-spectrum biological fungicide that has been approved for use in organic production.

The active

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Plum lucky—twice

March 16th, 2015|0 Comments

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We love blossoms here at Good Fruit Grower, and this month we are fortunate to feature two wonderful photographs of unfurling blooms on our March

Portable tester measures sugar, color, and maturity

March 16th, 2015|0 Comments

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Felix Instruments has introduced a hand-held meter for instantly and non-destructively measuring sugar content, color, and maturity of fruit. The F-750 NIR Handheld Produce Quality

FMC releases biofungicide

March 16th, 2015|0 Comments

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FMC Corporation has developed a new broad-spectrum, biological fungicide called Fracture for control of powdery mildew, botrytis, and brown rot blossom blight. It is registered

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Richard Lehnert of Good Fruit Grower earns MSU distinguished service award

March 15th, 2015|0 Comments

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Richard Lehnert, who writes about tree fruit production as associate editor of Good Fruit Grower magazine, was selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from

Crab apple pruning demos

March 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

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Two pruning demonstrations have been scheduled this month to help orchardists understand how to prune Manchurian crab apple trees in order to be eligible to

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Leah Eddie, Young Grower from Grandview, Washington

March 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / Grandview, Washington
age / 24
crops / Apples, cherries and juice grapes
business / Fieldman for Apple King. Partner in family run Eddie Farms.
other experience /