Adding value to organic

2021-04-29T10:20:48-05:00May 3, 2021|Grower, Grower West|

Jesse and Carol Berger and their son Griffin operate Sauk Farm, where they first grew grain before transitioning to orchards.

by Sally Colby

Growing organic fruit adds value to the end product, but the Berger family is taking value-added a step further. Jesse and Carol Berger and their son Griffin operate Sauk Farm in Concrete, WA. (more…)

Off to a good start

2021-04-29T08:55:55-05:00May 3, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Don’t allow cuttings to become water stressed because stress increases the risk of crown budding. Start to establish wet/dry cycles, but don’t let cuttings or liners become dry or wilted. Photo by Sally Colby

by Sally Colby

Many who visit garden centers in late summer and early autumn are looking for mums to brighten the landscape, so mum growers strive for full, healthy plants. (more…)

Learning how to turn off your stress switches

2021-04-29T08:53:25-05:00May 3, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Sonja Heyck-Merlin

Matt Rush and Rich Taylor are the founders of a wellness program named “Stress Free You.” Rush, who has a ranch in Texas, used to work in corporate business. Taylor is a former advertising executive. They are also co-authors of the book “Stress Free You! Discover How To Turn of Stress with the Flick of a Switch.” (more…)

Improving the precision of air-assist orchard spraying

2021-04-29T08:43:02-05:00May 3, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Courtney Llewellyn

There are three different ways to improve the precision of existing orchard spraying systems. That’s what Dr. Jason Deveau of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and author of the seminal “Airblast 101,” believes. And when you’re trying to improve accuracy, the best advice for one sprayer isn’t necessarily what’s best for another. (more…)