Orchard Crops http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6041/more en ‘Gem’ pear cultivar released by ARS, cooperators http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/gem-pear-cultivar-released-ars-cooperators <div class="node-body article-body">Gem is ideal for the fresh market. It combines high yields with excellent appearance, fruit quality, and long storage potential.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/gem-pear-cultivar-released-ars-cooperators" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/gem-pear-cultivar-released-ars-cooperators#comments Orchard Crops Pome Fruit Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:33:00 +0000 155781 at http://westernfarmpress.com New Gem pear variety. Higher yields, threat management key pistachio issues http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/higher-yields-threat-management-key-pistachio-issues <div class="node-body article-body">The nearly 514 million pounds of California pistachios harvested last year was the third highest total ever - exceeding estimates from the low 400 million pound range to about 500 million. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/higher-yields-threat-management-key-pistachio-issues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/higher-yields-threat-management-key-pistachio-issues#comments Orchard Crops Pistachios Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:52:00 +0000 155761 at http://westernfarmpress.com Discussing pistachio issues are Jeff Gibbons, left, grower relations manager with Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., and Bob Klein, manager of the California Pistachio Research Board. Coyotes a human, fiscal danger in grape vineyards http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/coyotes-human-fiscal-danger-grape-vineyards <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Ranchers are not the only folks who should be wary of coyotes. Grape growers make the list as well.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/coyotes-human-fiscal-danger-grape-vineyards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/coyotes-human-fiscal-danger-grape-vineyards#comments Orchard Crops Grapes Pests Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:43:00 +0000 155721 at http://westernfarmpress.com Coyote den in a vineyard. Photo courtesy of the Fresno County Department of Agriculture. Ag at Large: Trapping insects with their favorite odors http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/ag-large-trapping-insects-their-favorite-odors <div class="field-byline"> Don Curlee, Ag at Large commentary </div> <div class="node-body article-body">USDA researchers have isolated four different chemicals from wine and vinegar that attract spotted wing drosophila (SWD) fruit flies which attack fruit. The aroma-producing chemicals have been combined with a pesticide lethal to the flies.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/ag-large-trapping-insects-their-favorite-odors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/ag-large-trapping-insects-their-favorite-odors#comments Orchard Crops Foliar insects Grapes Vegetables Walnuts Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:33:00 +0000 155671 at http://westernfarmpress.com Pistachio pioneers build foundation for success http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/pistachio-pioneers-build-foundation-success <div class="field-deck"> Rootstock, containers revolutionize US industry </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Pioneer Nursery revolutionizes pistachio industry with rootstock selection and nursery containers</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/pistachio-pioneers-build-foundation-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/pistachio-pioneers-build-foundation-success#comments Orchard Crops Pistachios Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:20:00 +0000 155661 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Pioneer Nursery partners Corky Anderson, left, and Ken Puryear, revolutionized the pistachio industry in 1980 with the first of three patented rootstocks that addressed serious plant health issues facing the early industry.</p> Dithane F-45 Rainshield fungicide registered for walnuts http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/dithane-f-45-rainshield-fungicide-registered-walnuts <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Dow AgroSciences has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Pesticide Regulation approval for Dithane F-45 Rainshield fungicide use in walnuts.</p> <p>Dithane F-45 provides control of walnut blight.</p> <p>The active ingredient in Dithane F-45 is mancozeb, an EBDC class of chemistry fungicide from the FRAC Group M3. When mixed with copper, Dithane F-45 provides control of walnut blight.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/dithane-f-45-rainshield-fungicide-registered-walnuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/dithane-f-45-rainshield-fungicide-registered-walnuts#comments Orchard Crops Conditions and Diseases Fungicides Walnuts Sun, 18 Jan 2015 23:07:00 +0000 155521 at http://westernfarmpress.com UC researchers' latest findings on major grape diseases http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/uc-researchers-latest-findings-major-grape-diseases <div class="node-body article-body">University of California researcher Kent Daane says the vine mealybug is the number one culprit in spreading leafroll viruses in grapes in the San Joaquin Valley. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/uc-researchers-latest-findings-major-grape-diseases" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/uc-researchers-latest-findings-major-grape-diseases#comments Orchard Crops Conditions and Diseases Grapes Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:01:00 +0000 155481 at http://westernfarmpress.com Chuck Boldwyn, left, UC Kearney Ag Center superintendent of agriculture, visits with George Zhuang, UC viticulture farm advisor in Fresno County, at the grape symposium in Easton, Calif. Almond shipments down 6 percent in December http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/almond-shipments-down-6-percent-december <div class="field-deck"> Dockworker slowdown partially blamed for 16 percent decline in exports </div> <div class="node-body article-body">California almond exports down 16 percent in December due in large part to dockworker union slowdown</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/almond-shipments-down-6-percent-december" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/almond-shipments-down-6-percent-december#comments Orchard Crops Almonds Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:49:00 +0000 155441 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>A dockworker slowdown at West Coast ports has greatly impacted agricultural exports from California and the Pacific Northwest.</p> Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Irrigating during dormancy to reduce drought impact http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/irrigating-during-dormancy-reduce-drought-impact <div class="field-byline"> Almond Board of California </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Current research efforts under the leadership of Ken Shackel of the University of California, Davis are quantifying how almonds respond to water during dormancy. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/irrigating-during-dormancy-reduce-drought-impact" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/irrigating-during-dormancy-reduce-drought-impact#comments Orchard Crops Drought Almonds Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:03:00 +0000 155361 at http://westernfarmpress.com A dormant almond orchard - photo courtesy of the Almond Board of California. Franscioni new president of Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/franscioni-new-president-santa-lucia-highlands-wine-artisans <div class="node-body article-body">Wine grape grower Gary Franscioni is new president of the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans board of directors.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/franscioni-new-president-santa-lucia-highlands-wine-artisans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/franscioni-new-president-santa-lucia-highlands-wine-artisans#comments Orchard Crops Grapes Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:41:00 +0000 155281 at http://westernfarmpress.com Gary Franscioni takes the helm of the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans association.