Water

Keep bee safety in mind during orchard bloom

Protecting pollinators against pesticide exposure by paying attention to when bees are active is one of the most important steps tree fruit growers can take as part of a sound integrated pest management (IPM) plan.... more »

UGA expert: Georgia peach crop looks typical this season

The late-March cold spell caused some Georgia peach growers to lose a portion of their crop, but consumers should see a typical selection of fruit when the first Georgia-grown varieties ripen this month, said University... more »

New website offers water conservation tips, drought updates

Washington is in a drought. And there is a lot that we can do about it — with help from the just-launched WSU Extension Drought Website.The new website, developed by WSU Agricultural Weather Network Program... 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 »

Penn State: Tree fruit diseases to manage during May

May is the battleground month for disease management: growers need to be on alert for apple scab, fire blight, powdery mildew, rust, cherry leaf spot, brown rot and bacterial spot infection conditions. Here is what... more »

MSU tips for better blueberry weed control

Blueberry growers have several long-residual herbicides available for use in first-year and established plantings. Complete weed control is critical the first year to ensure high survival rates and quick establishment. Weed competition or herbicide injury... more »

Rain-resistant coating cuts cherry cracking in half

A tissue-thin, food-grade film developed at Oregon State University (OSU) acts like a raincoat for sweet cherries, cutting rain-related cracking of the fruit in half and potentially saving a whole season’s crop.The stretchy spray-on biofilm,... more »

Strawberry Field Day May 6 in California

Surenda Dara, University of California Cooperative Extension strawberry and vegetable crops advisor, is hosting a Strawberry Field Day on Wednesday, May 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.The meeting is located at Manzanita Berry Farms,... more »

Dormant oil can be effective way to control tree fruit pests

Michigan State University Extension educators and growers around the state reported higher than typical San Jose scale numbers on apple fruit in bins in 2013 and somewhat in 2014. Dormant oil is an effective method... more »

California drought: Brown orders water-use reduction

Standing in a browned meadow that should have been buried in deep snow, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered California’s first-ever mandatory water cutback, imposing a 25 percent reduction to force residents and businesses to significantly tighten... more »


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