Crop Protection

Growers aided by Pierce’s disease funding

The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) praised the recent inclusion of a $5 million one-year augmentation for the Pierce’s Disease Control Program (PDCP) in the 2017-18 state budget,... more

Crop load, better nutrient management curb bitter pit

Multiple years of studies in Pennsylvania grower orchards are providing additional clues for managing Honeycrisp in the orchard to prevent bitter pit following ... more

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Quarantine Issued To Control Spread of Plum Pox

The Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) has established a state quarantine to prevent the spread of plum pox, a disease that affects stone fruit ... more »

India Agrees to Delay New Rules for Apple Exporters

India has agreed to delay a new trade rule, which should give apple exporters time to adjust, according to a release from the Washington Apple Commiss... more »

Cloned Food Products? We Just Call Them Apples

As the new year began, FDA proclaimed that products such as meat and milk from cloned animals are safe for human consumption. A person with a science-... more »

High-density Orchards, Dwarfing Rootstocks Gaining Popularity

High-density apple orchards on dwarfing rootstocks have become common in many apple growing regions of the world. This has allowed apple growers to ac... more »

Primocane Raspberries Fit Just Fine on Maryland Farm

If managing raspberries were easy, would they still sell for $4.50 a pint? Nathan Milburn hopes so. In 2001, Milburn Orchards ventured into raspberrie... more »

Grape Grower Optimistic About 2005

What Michigan Niagara and Concord juice grape growers need is a really good year. For many of them, it’s been four bad years running. For grower... more »

Federal Programs Are Worth Billions To Specialty Crops

We’ve been hearing a lot about specialty crops lately, thanks in large part to the 2007 Farm Bill. In anticipation of the new bill, specialty cr... more »

NRSP-5 Budget Cuts Threaten Fruit Industry

This letter was sent to Daryl Lund, vice chairman of the North Central Regional Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors. I am writing... more »

Immigration Reform Could Profoundly Affect Farms

There are dozens of bills in the U.S. Congress that address immigration reform in one way or another, but only one deals specifically with agriculture... more »

IFTA Conference Features Largest Eastern Fruit Packer

Touring orchards with Mark Rice is an experience to savor. It exposes you to his cryptic combination of broad production expertise and orchard knowled... more »


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