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Growing Tree Fruits Successfully

Soil, site, irrigation, selection, pruning/thinning, and integrated pest management.

Ross Penhallegon | Jul 2013 | Presentation

My pears have rust, what can I do?

Q: Last year crop was a total failure due to this. This year I have gently removed close to 6 small fruit starts. I just found some leaves on the pear with these spores. I have been treating the soil and the tree with neem granules, for soil, and neem oil spray for leaves and branches and fruit. Spraying about every 2 weeks. Still not under control. Please advise ...

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How the Rogue Valley became famous for pears

The Rogue Valley growers were pioneers in pear production, growing over 24 varieties and setting quality standards in packing pears. The Rogue Valley was the first and largest red pear growing region in the Pacific Northwest in the 1970s. The valley also set the standard for the quality of Bosc and Comice pears, which have become the two main varieties grown today.

Jul 2007 | Article

Thinning: an important forest management tool

Thinning is the term foresters apply to removal of some trees from a stand to give others more room (and resources) to grow. It is a tool for improving timber value, making sites more productive, and — perhaps most commonly — for keeping trees healthy. Learn when to thin and how much to cut, and learn why the answer may be "it depends."

John Punches | Sep 2004 | Article