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Monitoring and Conserving Earwigs in Washington State Apple Orchards

Studies show earwigs can suppress woolly apple aphid populations and they also feed on many other pests, including rosy apple aphid, apple aphid, codling moth…

Engineering Analysis for High Density Trellis

Trellis failures in Washington have been expensive. Inspection and mindfulness of critical points could prevent future failures, mitigating loss of capital and opportunity costs. WSU,…

New Red Delicious Enterprise Budget Available

Despite noticeable decreases in acreage during the last 20 years, Red Delicious remains the dominant apple variety produced in WA State in terms of planted…

Below the Canopy

Increasingly, growers are recognizing the influence that soil and the orchard floor can have on fruit production. A field tour in The Dalles, Oregon on…

Managing Cherry Pesticide Residues: No One’s Favorite Topic

Cherry growers have a lot on their plates at this time of year:  staying ahead of powdery mildew, watching for Spotted Wing Drosophila, keeping a…

Spotted Wing Drosophila Management Reminders

Here are a few reminders for managing Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). Remember that cherries are susceptible to egg laying from SWD starting at straw. Dr.…

Organic Outlook

There is a new webpage available for organic outlook. The organic food market is dynamic and growing. In Washington State, organic tree fruit production accounts…

Watch for Fire Blight

Warm temperatures and moisture during bloom made fire blight pressure high this year. Even where preventative control strategies were employed we are seeing damage in…

Geneva Rootstock Performance: 2016 Rootstock Trial Update

There is likely not a ‘Best’ apple rootstock. The replant tolerant Geneva rootstocks (G.41, G.214, G.935, G.210, G.969, G.890) are much better than the available…

WA38 Horticulture: Characteristics and Preliminary Results

With the first plantings of Cosmic Crisp™ WA38 due in spring 2017 it is important to know what training and pruning techniques, pollinizers, and rootstocks…
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