Pears

Pear growers expect ‘solid, manageable’ crop in 2015

Pear Bureau Northwest gave its June projection of the 2015 fresh pear harvest: 20.4 million standard-box equivalents (about 451,000 tons), 2 percent higher than the five-year average but 2 percent lower than last year’s crop.The... more »

Michigan still adjusting to crop losses of 2012

2012 was a bad year for many fruit-producing states, but none were hit harder than Michigan. An early warm-up followed by devastating freeze events killed roughly 85 percent of the state‚Äôs apples and nearly 90... more »

Supreme Court weighs merits of reserve programs

A group of California raisin growers is challenging a federal marketing order reserve program before the U.S. Supreme Court, and depending on the ruling, the case could have far-reaching implications. The case involves raisin grower... more »

Nealta registered for use in California

Nealta miticide from BASF has received registration for use in California. Nealta miticide delivers long-lasting control of spider mites at all life stages through a unique mode of action. It is labeled for use on... more »

Codling moth back to normal in 2015

The catastrophic freeze of 2012 resulted in a near collapse of codling moth populations in most regions of Michigan. Codling moth (CM) populations remained suppressed through much of the 2013 growing season. Based on 2014... more »

Specialists forecast the fire blight season for 2015

Fruit Growers News asked specialists from several regions to discuss the prospects for fire blight in the coming season. Their observations, made in the last few days, are below.WestTimothy Smith, Washington State University: It rained... more »

Penn State: Fire blight alert this week

All predictive models indicate a high risk for fire blight infection this week due to the high temperature, humidity, and chance of rain showers in the forecast. Growers should begin protecting blossoms with streptomycin on... more »

Spreadsheet tool allows growers to evaluate chemical thinning applications

Chemical thinning is a critical annual apple orchard practice, and the most stressful and difficult practice to implement. Over time, new approaches to cropload management have been developed, and they have been receiving a lot... more »

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