Pears

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 »

MSU publishes Michigan regional fruit reports

Here are Michigan's regional fruit reports for April 7, courtesy of Michigan State University Extension.West MichiganWeather. A bit similar to 2014, spring is slow to arrive in 2015. Fruit growers tend to be pleased with... more »

PSU: Learn from 2014 fire blight epidemic

For those of you who heard my fire blight presentation at the Mid­-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention and/or heard my talks during the 2015 winter meetings, you may be experiencing a sense of déjà vu…... more »

Refine plant growth regulator receives registration

Fine Americas, a manufacturer and marketer of plant growth regulators for the fruit industry, recently announced the federal Section 3 registration of its new Refine plant growth regulator. Refine features the active ingredient naphthaleneacetic acid... more »

IFTA hands out annual awards

The International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) recently convened in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for its 58th Annual Conference and Tours. During the conference, IFTA recognized industry leaders in four different categories.Extension Award. The Outstanding Extension Worker... more »

USDA releases a ‘gem’ of a new pear

A new pear cultivar called Gem has been released by USDA, Oregon State University, Michigan State University and Clemson University.Agricultural Research Service horticulturist Richard Bell, at the ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West... more »

Supermarkets reshape the global apple industry

When talking about “megatrends” in the world apple industry, Peter Beaven started with supermarkets. Beaven, president of the World Apple and Pear Association, spoke during the Interpoma conference in Bolzano, Italy. With other speakers, he... more »

Kasumin registered in apple states

Arysta LifeScience North America recently announced registrations of Kasumin bactericide in the apple-growing states of Washington, Michigan and New York. Kasumin is active on a wide array of plant pathogenic bacteria, including resistant strains, according... more »


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