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Bryan Mrachek, Young Grower, March 1, 2014
Bryan Mrachek / grower / Malaga, Washington age / 27 family farm / Lucky Bohemian Farms, which is owned by Laura and Mike Mrachek,
New varieties stabilize the market
Consumers are buying more apples and paying more for them.
New pests threaten IPM
Pest management programs have become softer and more stable over the past few decades, but new invasive pests could change that.
A humble leader (Video)
Throughout his career, WSU entomologist Jay Brunner has turned science into economic reality for Washington State tree fruit growers.
Attract and kill
Michigan researchers have designed a device for oriental fruit moth.
Save money by applying pesticides where it’s needed
Perimeter sprays: Growers can save money applying pesticides only where they’re most needed.
Bird vs. bird
Raptors seem to instill panic and lasting fear in nuisance birds.
Scare tactics: Bird management
Birds know when fruit is ripe, and it’s hard to convince them to stay away.
Options for codling moth control
Three years of research found little difference between hand-applied and canister-released pheromone dispensers for disrupting codling moth mating.
Stinkbug derails IPM
Researchers fine-tune methods to control brown marmorated stinkbug.
Stinkbug monitoring tools are a high priority
Researchers aren’t yet recommending that growers trap for stinkbug.
Progress on biological control
A female Trissolcus japonicus parasitoid wasp emerging from parasitized Halyomorpha halys eggsat the USDA-APHIS Quarantine Facility, Corvallis, Oregon. (Courtesy Christopher Hedstrom, Oregon State University)
Be aware of residues from late sprays
In the future, growers will find pesticide regulations getting tighter, not looser.
Stinkbugs march on Washington
Brown marmorated stinkbug found in 20 counties in Washington and Oregon.
Former grain grower tackles tree fruits
A Midwest farmer has improved an older orchard by focusing on the soil and tree nutrition.
The latest on dealing with spider mites in vineyards
Two-spotted spider mite has the capability to develop tolerance to miticides in wine grapes.
Washington’s westernmost vineyard
Kim and Blain Roberts grow grapes on the Washington coast where annual rainfall averages 70 inches.
Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Grower; Cider winners
The State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania named Reed Soergel its Outstanding Fruit Grower of 2013. Sixteen Soergel family members are involved in growing and marketing
Bob Black honored for distinguished service
Maryland fruit grower Robert Black received the Harry Black Distinguished Service Award from the state’s horticultural association for his performance as industry spokesperson after the
Batcha heads organic group
Laura Batcha has been named CEO and executive director of the Organic Trade Association, a North American membership-based trade association representing the organic food industry.