Pears

Washington stone fruit growers will vote a second time

If everything goes according to plan, Washington state’s cherry and other stone fruit growers will find ballots in their mailboxes in December, said Jim McFerson, manager of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission.The growers will... more »

Growers get one more year of Guthion

Federal regulators will allow fruit growers to use the insecticide Guthion for an additional year.EPA said Thursday the extension is due to higher-than-normal stocks of the organophosphate chemical in grower hands because of crop losses... more »

NOP announces new organic rules

USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) published a final rule Aug. 2 that addresses the use of three substances in organic agriculture, with specific limitations that would support production and processing of organic products.Effective Aug. 3,... more »

Washington tree fruit sustains significant damage in hail storm

Thunderstorm-driven hail on July 17 damaged apples and pears in commercial orchards on Manastash Ridge southeast of Ellensburg, throwing most of the fruit out of the running for the fresh market.“This is just devastating, very... more »

Report: Produce prices fluctuate in first quarter 2012

Fruit prices have managed to hold steady while the majority of vegetable products decreased in average retail price compared to the first quarter of 2011, according to the latest FreshFacts on Retail quarterly report from... more »

Pear growers vote to continue marketing order

California pear farmers voted in favor of continuing the state’s pear marketing order for another five years.In a recent grower referendum conducted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 95.24 percent of the voters... more »

Managing orchard nutrition during an early spring

Early spring growth this year raises several questions about nutrient management in orchards. First, when should spring nitrogen (N) fertilizers be applied? Typically, N is applied either in a single application as growth begins in... more »

Spraying oil for pest control

It will be interesting to see just how faithfully arthropod pest development responds to ambient temperatures during this year's unnaturally early spring warm-up, and whether our traditional correlations with tree phenology will break down in... more »


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