Crop Management & Pollination
Featured stories covering crop management and pollination issues.
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New prairie cherry varieties making an impact
Tart cherries from Saskatchewan are still on track to play larger role.
Ryan Swanson, Young Grower from Nova Scotia
Ryan Swanson/ grower / Centreville, Nova Scotia, Canada age / 37 crops / More than 130 acres of apples business / Eisses Farms,
Rootstocks do fine in Washington
Differences in rootstock trial were due to yearly climate variation, not rootstocks.
Wine grape yields not affected by early leaf removal
Early leaf removal in white grape varieties has several benefits.
Organic apple growers are optimistic
Washington State will run out of organic apples this season.
Control psylla early
Returning winterforms are more susceptible to pesticides than they were in the fall.
Selenium is toxic to bees
Entomologists from the University of California, Riverside, have found that selenium can cause delays in development and mortality in honeybees.
Fire blight control without antibiotics
Lime sulfur and fish oil can help as part of an integrated strategy.
Best practices for pollination
Six practices to help ensure successful pollination.
Bees are driving pesticide decisions
The desire to protect bees is becoming institutionalized.
Mechanical thinning can damage spurs, leaf tissue and flowers
A tractor mounted Darwin thinning device. (file photo) Mechanical thinning looks like a promising technique for reducing the amount of labor-intensive hand thinning
Pear grower Laura Naumes blazes a trail
Laura Naumes is the first woman to chair the Pear Bureau Northwest.
Bee renting tips
Smith helps growers and beekeepers come together agreeably
How bad things in the environment gang up and kill bees
The synergistic effect of pesticides in hives.
Is there a better crab apple pollinizer?
No research is under way to evaluate pollinizers to replace Manchurian crab apple.
Control leafhoppers to avoid virus
The risk of grapevine redleaf virus makes controlling leafhoppers all the more important.
Pollen tube growth model makes thinning more precise
Blossom-time apple thinning model explored for eastern growers.
Bees live in a toxic world
Planting more flowers would help solve honeybee decline.
Protecting your high-value crop
Orchard netting may be cost effective for high-value varieties like Honeycrisp.
Inspiration Awards presented to Yakima area farm families
Four couples from Mexico were honored by the Center for Latino Farmers in Yakima
Bee expert to retire
Dr. Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist with University of California, Davis. The California State Beekeepers Association has presented a special recognition award to Dr.
A cover a quilter will love
March 15, 2014 Good Fruit Grower cover by David Cobb of Mosier, Oregon. The photo of Hood River orchards in bloom that appears